Portgas D. Ace (ポートガス・Dディー・エース) was a Japanese fictional character, captain of the Spade Pirates (former), and a member of the Whitebeard Pirates in the renowned series One Piece, created by the editor and mangaka Eiichiro Oda. The anime adaptation by Toei Animation premiered in October 1999.
Portgas D. Ace, simply known as Ace was born on 1st January (age 20 years; during death) in Baterilla, South Blue. His zodiac sign is Capricorn, and his blood type is S. Ace was an ambitious individual who concealed the identity of his real parents in order to freely explore the world and establish himself as a renowned pirate. He set out on a journey to become a formidable pirate and eventually became the second-in-command of the Whitebeard Pirate crew.
Height (approx): 6′ 1″
Weight (approx): 80 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Ace’s full name, Portgas D. Ace, indicates that he is also a member of the “D” clan. It is revealed that Ace is the son of Gol D. Roger, making him the half-brother of Luffy. This familial connection places both Luffy and Ace as inheritors of the “D” legacy. There is a significant connection between Ace and the “D” clan. The “D” is a mysterious initial shared by several characters in the story. The “D” initial is seen as a significant symbol in the world of One Piece, representing the will of the “D” and carrying great significance in the overall narrative.
Parents and Sibling
Ace is the son of Gol D. Roger, also known as Gol Roger or Gol D. Roger, who was the captain of the Roger Pirates and the person with the title of “Pirate King.” Gol D. Roger was known for his incredible strength, leadership, and ability to conquer the Grand Line, the most dangerous and treacherous sea in the world of One Piece. Despite being born as the son of a legendary pirate, Ace chose to take his own path to become a pirate himself. Ace’s connection to his father becomes a pivotal plot point in the Marineford War arc, and due to his heritage and the crimes associated with his father, Ace became a target for the World Government.
Portgas D. Rouge was the mother of Ace, and she carried him in her womb for an extraordinary period of 20 months in order to protect him from the World Government’s pursuit. Rouge’s actions were driven by her desire to keep the innocent child safe and away from harm. It is believed that Rouge employed an unknown method, potentially sheer willpower, to delay Ace’s birth. Despite her sacrifice, Rouge’s health deteriorated, and she passed away shortly after giving birth. Ace was deeply grateful for his mother’s selflessness and sacrifice, chose to adopt her name instead, and became known as Portgas D. Ace.
Ace and Monkey D. Luffy shared a close bond as brothers, despite not being related by blood. Initially, Ace was annoyed by Luffy, and even knocked him off a bridge, but he eventually warmed up to him and became protective. Ace would often worry about Luffy’s reckless actions but also felt proud of his accomplishments. He frequently shared stories about Luffy with others, including the Whitebeard Pirates, Yamato, and Jinbe. Ace trusted Luffy’s strength and respected his choices. When Ace was captured and faced execution, Luffy set out to save him, showcasing their unwavering bond. During the Marineford War, Ace sacrificed himself to protect Luffy, and his only regret was not being able to witness Luffy achieve his dreams.
Ace and Sabo were not only good friends but also considered each other as brothers. They had a shared dream of becoming pirates, and their bond was sealed by drinking a glass of Sake together with Luffy. When Sabo sacrificed his happiness to save Ace and Luffy from their father’s anger, Ace chose to forget about Sabo temporarily, believing that his happiness was more important. However, after Sabo was presumed dead, Ace regretted his decision and sought revenge on the noble responsible. Ace had a tattoo with the letters “ASCE” on his arm, with the “S” crossed out as a tribute to Sabo. Tragically, Sabo survived but lost his memory, preventing him from revealing his true identity to Ace and Luffy. Ace passed away without knowing that Sabo was alive all along, and after Ace’s death, Sabo regained his memories and paid a visit to Ace’s grave. He then inherited Ace’s power and pledged to carry on his memory.
Ace challenged Whitebeard (Edward Newgate) to a duel and was impressed by his strength, and he joined the Whitebeard Pirates, and developed a strong bond with Whitebeard, considering him a father figure. He used to call him “Pops.” When Ace was captured and sentenced to death, Whitebeard led a massive war to save him and sacrificed his own life in the process. Ace loved Whitebeard as his own father and could do anything to help him.
Curly Dadan, a mountain bandit blackmailed by Garp, became the foster mother to Ace and Luffy. Despite Ace’s violent tendencies, Dadan cared for him and confronted dangers to protect him. They had a strong bond, as Ace was grateful to Dadan and expressed his affection towards her. Dadan also had a sense of responsibility towards Ace and Luffy, going as far as risking her life to save them. When Garp returned after Ace’s death, Dadan angrily lashed out at him for not being able to save Ace.
Love Interest- Girlfriend
Yamato had a previous encounter with Ace, where they crossed paths. Yamato had a strong desire to leave Wano and sail alongside Ace, but the restraints imposed by their father, Kaido, kept Yamato imprisoned on Onigashima. Yamato holds great respect for Ace and sees similarities between him and Luffy. Yamato admires Ace’s character and fondly mentioned that Luffy reminds them of Ace. Although Yamato couldn’t fulfill their wish to sail with Ace, she was determined to join Luffy’s crew and embark on a new journey together. Due to his tragic death, Ace was unable to start a love life, but it was always speculated that Ace and Yamato could have been together.
After Roger’s death, Ace was taken in by Vice- Admiral of the Navy, Monkey D. Garp, who is Luffy’s grandfather. Garp raised Ace considering him as his grandson. They spent a lot of time together under the care of Curly Dadan, a member of the Mountain Bandits. He was determined to set sail when he would get 17 years old and leave to earn fame as a pirate.
Ace later became a top rookie pirate himself and formed his own crew, known as the Spade Pirates. He eventually joined the Whitebeard Pirates, one of the Four Emperors, led by Edward Newgate, also known as Whitebeard. Ace became the commander of the Whitebeard Pirates’ second division and the crew became his new family. He worked as a loyal pirate in the crew and also refused the title of a Warlord of the Sea. During the journey, he also found his Logia-Type Devil Fruit, Mera Mera no Mi, which allows him to use fire-based powers.
Echiiro Oda took inspiration from the real-life character of Stevie Ray Vaughan for Ace’s looks and personality.
Ace’s character undergoes significant development throughout the One Piece series, shaping him into a complex and memorable individual. At the start, Ace is portrayed as aloof and distant, often keeping his emotions guarded. He is initially hostile towards Luffy, his younger brother, due to his troubled past and the belief that his existence would bring danger to those around him. However, as the story progresses, Ace’s icy behavior begins to change, and he forms a close bond with Luffy.
Ace’s character development is intertwined with his pursuit of freedom and his determination to live life on his own terms. Growing up as the son of Gol D. Roger, he faces the weight of his lineage and the expectations placed upon him. Ace’s desire for freedom leads him to become a pirate and form his own crew, the Spade Pirates, as he sets out to explore the world and seek his own path. Joining the Whitebeard Pirates further shapes Ace’s character. As he becomes a trusted member and the commander of the second division, Ace learns the importance of loyalty, camaraderie, and family. He forms strong bonds with his fellow crewmates, particularly with Whitebeard himself, who becomes a father figure to him.
Ace’s loyalty and protective nature are demonstrated through his interactions with his loved ones, especially his deep bond with Luffy. He shows unwavering dedication to his brother, going to great lengths to protect and support him, even at the cost of his own life. Ace’s character arc explores themes of sacrifice, brotherhood, and the lengths one would go to protect their loved ones. Tragically, Ace’s development culminates in his heroic sacrifice during the Marineford War. His selfless act not only showcases his growth as a character but also serves as a turning point in the series, propelling Luffy and his crew toward their future endeavors.
Overall, Ace’s character development revolves around themes of freedom, loyalty, and family. From his initial detachment to the eventual embrace of his loved ones, Ace’s journey leaves a lasting impact on both the story and the audience, solidifying his place as a beloved and iconic character in the One Piece series.
Story and Mission
Ace, after setting out as a pirate at the age of 17, encountered a man named Masked Deuce on the island of Sixis. They formed a partnership, built a ship called the Striker, and became the infamous Spade Pirates. As their crew grew, they faced numerous challenges, including encounters with Marine Ensign Isuka and Vice Admiral Draw. Ace showcased his strength and powers as a Logia user, eventually defeating Draw, and earning a big bounty. The Spade Pirates journeyed to Fish-Man Island, where Ace had conversations with Aladine about Whitebeard and Jinbe’s actions in protecting the Ryugu Kingdom. Ace burned the Whitebeard Pirates’ flag to declare his intention of taking down the Four Emperors. They then ventured into the New World, and Ace sought out Shanks to inquire about the scars left by Blackbeard.
During their travels, Ace and his crew arrived in Wano Country, where he encountered the villagers of Amigasa Village. Ace formed a bond with a young girl named Tama and made a promise to take her with him if she became a kunoichi. They also visited Onigashima, where Ace battled Yamato and formed an acquaintance with him, receiving a vivre card before parting ways. Ace, determined to take down Whitebeard, plotted to strike when the Emperor’s crew was weakened during an attack on one of his islands. However, he was confronted by Jinbe, who intended to battle him to protect Whitebeard. The intense battle between Ace and Jinbe lasted for five days and ended in a stalemate.
Just after the battle, Whitebeard arrived with his crew and attacked Ace’s crew. Despite his exhaustion, Ace created a wall of flames to protect his crew and stalled Whitebeard while commanding his crew to flee. However, Whitebeard easily defeated Ace and offered him a place in his crew as one of his “sons.” Ace fiercely refused but was knocked out and taken aboard Whitebeard’s ship against his will. Despite Ace’s attempts to kill Whitebeard, he eventually accepted his mark and became a member of the Whitebeard Pirates. Ace was promoted to the position of 2nd division commander after defeating Doma. He had a relatively good relationship with Teach, one of his subordinates. Ace revealed his lineage to Whitebeard, who already knew, and the old man accepted him as part of his crew, stating that everyone is a “child of the sea.”
Ace discussed the idea of going to war with Kaido to liberate Wano Country and avenge Kozuki Oden, but Whitebeard disapproved, fearing the potential casualties. Eventually, Teach murdered their crewmate Thatch and fled, and Ace demanded to go after him to avenge their fallen comrade and restore honor. Despite Whitebeard’s apprehension, he allowed Ace to pursue Teach, admiring his dedication and honor. With that, Ace began his journey to find Blackbeard and seek revenge.
Ace finally confronted Blackbeard and his crew on Banaro Island. Blackbeard offered Ace the opportunity to join his crew and help him become the Pirate King, but Ace refused when he learned that Blackbeard planned to capture Luffy in Water 7. A fight ensued, with Ace using his fire-based powers to retaliate against Blackbeard and his crew. During the battle, Ace revealed that Blackbeard had killed Thatch to obtain the Yami Yami no Mi Devil Fruit. As the clash intensified, Blackbeard used his devil fruit powers to nullify Ace’s Devil Fruit abilities and physically overpower him. Despite being offered another chance to join Blackbeard’s crew, Ace staunchly refused. They continued their fierce clash, with Ace unleashing a massive fireball in a final attempt to defeat Blackbeard’s darkness.
After being defeated by Blackbeard, Ace was taken into custody by the World Government and imprisoned in Level 6 of Impel Down. Later, he was sentenced to public execution at Marineford. While in Impel Down, Ace had a conversation with Garp, who explained the upcoming war between the Marines and Whitebeard. Ace reflected on his and Luffy’s bloodlines and expressed his hatred for his father while considering Whitebeard his true father. Ace requested Jinbe to take care of Luffy if he were to die, although Jinbe expressed hesitancy in assisting other pirates. Eventually, Ace was transported to Marineford for his execution. Sengoku, the Marine Commander-in-Chief, revealed to the world that Ace’s true father was Gol D. Roger and explained how Rouge had protected Ace during her pregnancy. Ace affirmed his loyalty to Whitebeard but acknowledged his bloodline as a reason for his death.
As the Whitebeard Pirates arrived at Marineford, Ace called out to Whitebeard and blamed himself for his capture. However, Whitebeard claimed that he had ordered Ace to pursue Blackbeard. Ace witnessed the intense battle between the Whitebeard Pirates and the Marines. When Luffy appeared, Ace tried to distance himself from his brother to keep him safe, but Luffy was determined to rescue him. He was deeply moved by the efforts of his crewmates and Luffy’s resolve to save him. Crocodile and the remaining Whitebeard Pirates intervened to rescue Ace, and the pirates fought against the Marines. As the battle continued, Ace and Luffy fought together against the Marines. Luffy’s use of Haoshoku Haki allowed them to gain the upper hand temporarily. Inazuma created a path for Luffy to reach the execution platform, and despite Garp’s interference, Luffy reached Ace. The execution platform collapsed, and Ace was freed by Galdino, using his wax powers.
Ace and Luffy fought against the Marines, but Whitebeard decided to stay behind to let his crew escape. Ace, Luffy, and Jinbe fled with the intention of leaving Marineford. However, Admiral Akainu insulted Whitebeard and his crew, provoking Ace to attack him. Ace was overpowered by Akainu’s superior magma powers and was severely injured. When Akainu aimed for Luffy, Ace sacrificed himself by stepping in front of the attack, causing him to be fatally wounded, and losing his life.
In his last moments, Ace recollected his childhood memories with Luffy and expressed gratitude to everyone for their love and acceptance. He passed away with a smile on his face, regretting only that he wouldn’t be able to see Luffy’s dream come true.
Ace was a strong fighter from a young age, and even before finding the devil fruit, he was able to take down bandits using his strength. He also defeated Luffy, even with him having devil fruit powers. He took part in many battles and proved to be a strong rival to many, defeating a lot of people while also facing a few losses himself.
Some of his most popular battles are:
- Ace vs. Monkey D. Luffy and Sabo
- Ace, Monkey D. Luffy, and Sabo vs. a giant tiger
- Ace vs. Yamato
- Ace vs. Jinbe
- Ace vs. Whitebeard
- Ace vs. Smoker
- Ace vs. Marshall D. Teach (Blackbeard) and his crew
- Ace vs. Admiral Akainu
Ace achieved several significant victories throughout his journey:
- Defeating Bluejam: Ace saved his adoptive brother, Luffy, and the other survivors of the Gray Terminal fire by defeating Bluejam, a notorious pirate. This victory showcased Ace’s strength and protective nature.
- Defeating Smoker: In Alabasta, Ace clashed with Vice Admiral Smoker, a Logia-type Devil Fruit user. Despite Smoker’s powerful abilities, Ace emerged victorious, demonstrating his exceptional combat skills.
- Defeating Blackbeard’s crewmates: Ace encountered Blackbeard and his crew on Banaro Island. During their confrontation, he defeated members of Blackbeard’s crew, Jesus Burgess and Van Augur, showcasing his superior fighting prowess.
- Victories in the Whitebeard Pirates: As a member of the Whitebeard Pirates, Ace participated in numerous battles and victories alongside his crewmates. While specific details are not provided, it is evident that Ace contributed to the Whitebeard Pirates’ formidable reputation as one of the Four Emperors’ crews.
These victories highlight Ace’s skill, determination, and ability to overcome formidable opponents throughout his journey as a pirate.
Ace, like any other character, also experienced his fair share of setbacks and failures:
- Defeat against Blackbeard: During their encounter on Banaro Island, Ace was ultimately defeated by Blackbeard. Despite putting up a strong fight, Blackbeard’s darkness-based Devil Fruit powers and cunning strategies proved to be too much for Ace to overcome.
- Capture and imprisonment: Ace was captured by the Marines and incarcerated in Level 6 of Impel Down. His capture was a significant failure, as it led to his eventual sentencing and public execution at Marineford.
- Inability to protect Whitebeard: Ace’s desire to protect his “father,” Whitebeard, ultimately ended in failure. Despite his efforts, Ace was unable to prevent Whitebeard from sustaining fatal wounds during the Battle of Marineford.
- Death at the hands of Akainu: Ace’s ultimate failure was his inability to survive the battle and secure his freedom. He sacrificed his life to protect his younger brother, Luffy, from an attack by Admiral Akainu, meeting his tragic end.
These failures highlight the challenges and hardships that Ace faced throughout his journey. Despite his strength and determination, he encountered obstacles that ultimately led to his demise. However, his failures also served to inspire Luffy and fuel his resolve to become stronger and protect his loved ones.
Blackbeard aka Marshall D. Teach, was one of Ace’s greatest adversaries and his ultimate nemesis. They clashed on Banaro Island, where Ace was defeated by Blackbeard. Blackbeard later killed Ace’s crewmate Thatch and played a significant role in Ace’s capture and subsequent events leading to his death. Apart from Blackbeard himself, the entire crew of the Blackbeard Pirates posed a significant threat to Ace. They were ruthless and ambitious pirates who clashed with Ace and his crew multiple times.
Admiral Akainu (Sakazuki), one of the Marine Admirals, became a major enemy during the Battle of Marineford. He was responsible for fatally wounding Ace, which ultimately led to his demise. Ace held deep resentment and anger towards Akainu for his actions.
Vice Admiral Smoker, a Marine officer with the Logia-type Devil Fruit power, pursued Ace during the Alabasta and Marineford arcs. He considered Ace a criminal and sought to capture him. While Smoker didn’t defeat Ace, he served as a persistent rival and obstacle.
As a pirate, Ace had many encounters with the Navy and its high-ranking officers. Admirals such as Aokiji, Akainu, Kizaru, and other Marines viewed Ace as a criminal and actively pursued him. Vice Admiral Aokiji Kuzan, another Marine Admiral, engaged in a brief battle with Ace during the Whitebeard War. Although the outcome of their clash was not shown, Aokiji’s presence added to the intense conflicts surrounding Ace.
Also during his journey, he faced various pirate crews and enemies. He also faced numerous adversaries throughout his journey, including rival pirate crews, bounty hunters, and other powerful individuals seeking fame, fortune, or their own agendas. Some notable foes include Crocodile, Eustass Kid, Basil Hawkins, and other notorious pirates.
Ace was known for his unwavering loyalty to his crew, the Spade Pirates. In a selfless act, Ace created a barrier to allow his crewmates to escape from Whitebeard, sacrificing himself to hold off the powerful pirate alone. The crew members held a deep respect and admiration for Ace, as he accepted each of them regardless of their race or appearance. During a battle against Isuka, Ace’s crew rushed in to support him, even though they were unable to land a hit. Despite their earlier defeat by Whitebeard, they bravely confronted the Whitebeard Pirates in an attempt to rescue their captain but were ultimately defeated and captured. After Ace’s death, the Spade Pirates, now integrated into Whitebeard’s crew, deeply mourned their captain’s loss.
Ace, was initially driven to kill Whitebeard and face his crew but was defeated and ultimately embraced the offer to join the Whitebeard Pirates. He developed a deep admiration for Whitebeard, considering him a father figure. As the commander of the 2nd division, Ace formed strong bonds with his crewmates, particularly Thatch and Marco. The Whitebeard Pirates, including Ace, shared a profound loyalty to their captain, vowing to rescue Ace when he faced execution. This led to a monumental battle at Marineford, where the Whitebeard Pirates and their allies clashed with the Marines and the World Government. Despite concerns and warnings, Whitebeard supported Ace’s pursuit of Blackbeard, taking responsibility for his actions.
Ace held great respect for Emperor Shanks, especially for saving his adoptive brother Luffy from danger in the past. When Ace began his pirate journey, he sought out Shanks to express his gratitude. Initially met with hostility, Ace’s intentions were understood, and they celebrated their meeting. Shanks expressed concern when he learned about Ace’s pursuit of Blackbeard and tried to dissuade him. After Ace’s execution was announced, Shanks intervened to protect Whitebeard from an attack by Emperor Kaidou. It remains unclear whether Shanks discovered Ace’s true parentage as the son of Gol D. Roger, their late captain before it was revealed publicly.
Ace and Jinbe initially clashed as enemies due to their opposing views on Whitebeard. Ace wanted to kill Whitebeard, while Jinbe admired him for protecting Fish-Man Island. They engaged in a five-day duel until exhaustion overcame them. However, their animosity eventually transformed into a deep friendship built on mutual respect. When they were imprisoned together in Impel Down, Ace entrusted Jinbe with the task of looking after Luffy after his own death, despite Jinbe’s initial reluctance to protect someone he saw as a stranger. Jinbe’s perspective changed as he developed a respect for Luffy and witnessed Ace’s tragic demise. He willingly sacrificed his position as a Warlord to fight for Ace’s freedom and mourned his loss with tears.
Ace developed a good relationship with Luffy’s crew and the crew grew fond of Ace, and even wondered if he and Luffy were related. Before parting ways, Ace entrusted them with taking care of Luffy. After the intense battle at Marineford, the Straw Hat crew was devastated to learn of Ace’s death. They became deeply worried about Luffy’s well-being as they were aware of the strong bond between them. Witnessing Ace’s death in front of Luffy caused him to suffer a severe emotional breakdown.
During his travels, Ace reached the Kuri region in Wano Country and met a young girl named Tama. They formed a special connection, and Ace’s presence inspired Tama to aspire to become a Kunoichi. Promising to come back, Ace left with the intention to return and see her again. Despite the difficult circumstances brought about by the Beasts Pirates, Tama patiently waited for Ace’s return. The loss of Ace deeply affected Tama, leaving her in a state of grief and disbelief.
In a past encounter, Yamato had the chance to meet Ace and even attempted to leave Wano with him. However, Yamato’s father’s handcuffs prevented him from escaping Onigashima and joining Ace’s journey. Despite this, Yamato holds a deep respect for Ace and sees similarities between him and Luffy. Yamato admires Ace’s character and expressed that while they couldn’t set sail together, they would embark on Luffy’s ship as brothers, acknowledging the strong bond between them.
Ace’s personality aligns closely with the ESTP (Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving) type. He was outgoing and friendly, enjoying the company of his crewmates and allies. Ace was highly observant, relying on his senses to make quick decisions in the present moment. He approached challenges with a logical and rational mindset, calculating risks and finding practical solutions. With a spontaneous and adaptable nature, Ace embraced adventure, took risks, and remained flexible in his actions. Overall, his adventurous and action-oriented demeanor, combined with his practicality and ability to adapt, reflect the traits commonly associated with the ESTP personality type.
Fighting Skills: 7/10
Leadership Quality: 8/10
Bounty: 550 Million berries
Ace had a distinct outfit that complemented his fiery personality. He typically wore an open-front shirt, leaving his upper body exposed after receiving the Whitebeard tattoo. His attire included black knee-length shorts with an eyelet-studded orange belt, a blue pouch belted around his left leg, and a short second belt with a large red “A” buckle. Ace adorned himself with accessories such as a red beaded necklace, an orange hat with two smiley faces, and a bracelet around his wrist. Notably, he had tattoos that were his trademark features—a Whitebeard symbol on his back and an “ASCE” tattoo on his upper left bicep, with the “S” crossed out as a tribute to Sabo. Ace also carried a dagger in a green sheath at his left hip. Throughout his journey, Ace lost his hat and knife but continued to wear his distinctive attire. As a child, he wore t-shirts with kanji phrases and knee-length shorts, and upon leaving Dawn Island, he donned an outfit resembling his first encounter with Whitebeard.
Even before getting the Flare-Flare Fruit, Ace was a strong fighter and could take down enemies twice his size with ease. He was able to fight through many difficulties and earn respect as a rookie in his early days due to his expertise in the use of his powers and devil fruit abilities.
Ace was an incredibly strong and resilient fighter, honing his skills through intense training and battles from a young age. His physical strength was remarkable, as he could effortlessly defeat thugs and take down wild beasts. Even before acquiring his Devil Fruit power, Ace displayed superior combat skills, defeating Luffy in sparring matches. He showcased his endurance by enduring powerful blows from Blackbeard and retaliating swiftly. Ace’s fights with Yamato and Jinbe, where they nullified his Logia powers with Haki and Fish-Man Karate respectively, highlighted his ability to hold his ground against formidable opponents. His stamina was exceptional, enduring a five-day battle with Jinbe followed by a confrontation with Whitebeard.
Ace possessed all three types of Haki, making him one of the rare individuals with such a capability. His Haoshoku Haki, also known as Conqueror’s Haki, was first demonstrated when he unconsciously knocked out the Bluejam Pirates in a fit of rage. Although he didn’t actively use this Haki later in his life, he recognized it when his brother Luffy showcased it during the Marineford War. Additionally, Ace was capable of using Busoshoku Haki, which allowed him to fight on par with Vice Admiral Draw. However, the extent of his proficiency in this form of Haki is unclear. While there is no direct evidence of Ace using Kenbunshoku Haki, the manga adaptation of his character in the novel portrays him as having been trained by Thatch in its usage, using it alongside his Devil Fruit powers in his duel against Whitebeard.
Ace possessed the Mera Mera no Mi, a Logia-type Devil Fruit that granted him control over fire. With this ability, he could generate and manipulate fire, transforming his body into flames. He was given the nickname “Fire Fist Ace” due to his devil fruit powers. Ace was capable of unleashing devastating attacks, such as firing bullets, spears, and cannons, as well as creating massive waves and balls of fire. His flames served both offensive and defensive purposes, forming walls of fire and deterring opponents with their intense heat. Ace’s powers also had practical uses, such as heating fish for his crew and propelling himself through the seas with flames. It was revealed that his burning fists held the destructive potential to wipe out entire cities.
Some of the best attacks he used with his devil fruit are:
- Fire Fist: Ace’s signature attack, known as “Hiken” or “Fire Fist,” showcases his mastery over fire. By engulfing his fist in flames, he unleashes a devastating column of fire upon his target. This powerful technique earned him the nickname “Fire Fist Ace” and has the ability to demolish multiple ships with a single strike.
- Fire Bullets: He utilizes the technique “Higan,” which translates to “Fire Gun.” By forming his index and middle fingers into the shape of guns, he imbues his fingertips with flames. He then fires scorching bullets of fire toward his opponents, adding a ranged and fiery element to his combat repertoire.
- Flame Commandment: Ace employs the technique known as “Enkai,” which translates to “Flame Commandment.” During this maneuver, Ace gathers a significant quantity of flames around his body, often by swirling his outstretched hand in a circular motion to summon the fiery energy. This serves as a preparatory step before executing his powerful attack, Hibashira. The Enkai technique sets the stage for Ace to unleash his devastating firepower upon his adversaries.
- Flame Commandment: Pillar: Ace employs the technique known as “Hibashira,” which translates to “Fire Pillar.” After executing the Enkai technique and amassing flames around his body, Ace directs the collected fiery energy in a vertical trajectory. By shooting the flames straight upward, he unleashes a destructive force that can obliterate targets located above him. Additionally, Ace has the flexibility to aim the Hibashira attack downwards while he is airborne, enabling him to eliminate any adversaries positioned below him. This versatile technique allows Ace to unleash devastating firepower in both offensive and defensive scenarios.
- Firefly: Ace employs the combination technique known as “Hotarubi” and “Hidaruma” to unleash a devastating assault on his enemies. With Hotarubi, Ace creates numerous small, glowing greenish-yellow fireballs that float around his target, resembling fireflies in the air. This serves as a preparatory move for the subsequent attack. When Ace initiates Hidaruma, he directs all the floating fireballs toward the enemy simultaneously, engulfing them in a blaze of intense heat and causing severe burns. This powerful combination of techniques allows Ace to unleash a concentrated and overwhelming assault, leaving his adversaries scorched in the wake of his fiery onslaught.
- Flame Commandment: Great Flame Emperor: Ace unleashes his ultimate technique known as “Dai Enkai: Entei,” or “Great Flame Commandment: Flame Emperor.” To execute this powerful move, Ace starts by creating large spiraling flames that converge at a focal point, typically the palm of his hand. He then transforms the amassed flames into an enormous fireball resembling the radiant sun. With tremendous force, Ace propels the blazing sphere towards his opponent, aiming to completely annihilate them. The execution of Dai Enkai: Entei involves Ace bending his knees slightly and extending his hand towards the ground, with his other hand providing support by gripping his wrist. The resulting attack is a devastating display of Ace’s mastery over fire, capable of unleashing immense destruction upon his foes.
- Cross-Fire: He employs the technique called “Jujika,” meaning “Cross-fire.” To execute this attack, Ace joins his index fingers together in a cross shape before unleashing a powerful assault. He projects a column of fire in the shape of a cross directly toward his opponent. In the anime adaptation, the activation of Jujika is accompanied by a cross-shaped ray of light emanating from Ace’s crossed fingers, followed by the emergence of the fiery column. This technique showcases Ace’s ability to manipulate fire with precision, allowing him to deliver devastating attacks in a distinct cross-shaped pattern.
Ace was often seen carrying a knife, although he rarely used it in combat. In flashback scenes depicting his attempts to assassinate Whitebeard, Ace was shown employing different weapons such as an axe and a knife. During his childhood, he utilized a makeshift bo staff made from a pipe as his weapon of choice. While the knife is a part of his inventory, Ace’s preference for combat leaned more toward his powerful Devil Fruit abilities and fiery punches rather than relying on traditional weapons.
Ace possessed several notable strengths that made him a formidable fighter:
- Devil Fruit Power: Ace consumed the Mera Mera no Mi, a Logia-type Devil Fruit that granted him the ability to create, control, and transform his body into the fire. This power allowed him to unleash devastating fire-based attacks, manipulate flames at will, and make himself immune to conventional attacks by turning them into fire. His mastery of this Devil Fruit gave him a significant advantage in combat.
- Exceptional Physical Strength: Ace had incredible physical strength, honed through rigorous training and his experiences in challenging environments. He displayed remarkable feats of strength, such as defeating opponents with ease, breaking objects with a single strike, and overpowering powerful adversaries. His physical prowess made him a formidable force in combat.
- Willpower and Determination: Ace possessed a strong will and indomitable spirit. He faced numerous challenges and never backed down, even in the face of overwhelming odds. His unwavering determination fueled his fighting spirit, allowing him to push past his limits and continue fighting even in dire circumstances.
- Overreliance on Devil Fruit Powers: Ace heavily relied on his Mera Mera no Mi abilities in combat, which could make him predictable to observant opponents. His overreliance on his Devil Fruit powers sometimes led him to neglect training and developing other aspects of his fighting skills, such as physical combat techniques or advanced Haki abilities.
- Limited Defensive Abilities: While Ace’s flames provided offensive firepower, his defensive capabilities were relatively limited. He relied on his agility and speed to evade attacks, but he lacked a robust defensive mechanism like hardened armor or impervious shield. Skilled opponents who could bypass or withstand his fire-based attacks could potentially exploit this vulnerability.
- Weaker armament haki: Ace’s weakness lies in his vulnerability to Haki, a powerful spiritual energy used by skilled individuals in the One Piece world. Specifically, his fire-based attacks can be neutralized or weakened by opponents proficient in Busoshoku Haki, which creates an invisible armor. Additionally, advanced users of Kenbunshoku Haki can counter his agility and speed, making it harder for him to land precise attacks. Although Ace possessed his own Haki abilities, his susceptibility to Haki leaves him more exposed to skilled opponents who can exploit this weakness in battle.
- Emotional Vulnerability: He had a strong emotional attachment to his loved ones, particularly his adoptive family and friends. This emotional connection was used against him by Akainu to lure him back into a fight, which ultimately became the reason for his death. He was someone who could be easily provoked and this could be used against him.
Ace’s signature move is known as “Fire Fist.” This powerful technique involves Ace transforming his fist into flames and unleashing it as a devastating attack. With his mastery over his Mera Mera no Mi Devil Fruit powers, Ace can deliver fiery punches that can cause massive destruction. The Fire Fist attack showcases Ace’s incredible control over fire and his ability to channel it through his physical strikes, earning him the iconic nickname “Fire Fist Ace.”
Appearance in Popular Media
Ace made his first appearance in the Anime in Episode 91: Farewell, Drum Island! I’m Going Out to Sea!
He made his debut in the manga in Chapter 154: To Arabasta.
Ace was never shown in any of the One Piece movies, but his appearance was shown along with Sabo when he uses his powers in One Piece: Stampede (2019).
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- The “Luffy’s Endless Adventure” display in Tokyo One Piece Tower features a statue of Ace
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The Japanese Voice actors of Ace are Sakaguchi Daisuke and Furukawa Toshio.
The English Voice actors of Ace are Travis Willingham, Jesse Hooker, Dwayne Tan, and Chris Burnett.
- Italian: Sabre Diego and Calindri Gabriele
- Portuguese (BR): Campos Marcelo
- Spanish: Carrero José María and Mendiola Roberto
- Korean: Kim, Jang and Jeong, Myeong Jun
- German: Breuer Pascal
- French: Manet David and Méyère Bruno
Reviews and Reception
Ace’s character in One Piece has received generally positive reviews from both fans and critics. Fans appreciate Ace for his charismatic and strong-willed personality, as well as his deep connection to the main protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy. Many admire his sense of loyalty and protective nature, particularly towards his crewmates and family.
Critics often praise Ace’s development throughout the series, from his introduction as a mysterious figure to the revelation of his backstory and his impact on the overall narrative. They commend the emotional depth and complexity of his character, as well as his role in exploring themes of family, identity, and sacrifice.
Ace’s tragic fate and his sacrifice during the Marineford War have left a lasting impact on fans and critics alike. His storyline is often regarded as one of the most poignant and memorable arcs in One Piece. Some critics have even labeled Ace as one of the most significant and iconic characters in the series.
After Ace was captured by Blackbeard, he was sentenced to a public execution. A monumental war erupted, altering the course of One Piece’s history, as the Whitebeard Pirates and numerous Impel Down prisoners joined forces to aid his brother, Luffy. Although Ace managed a temporary escape, he ultimately used himself as a shield to protect Luffy from Akainu’s devastating attack, resulting in a fatal blow that pierced his chest.
With gratitude for everyone’s love, Ace fell unconscious and passed away in the arms of his grief-stricken brother, Luffy with a smile. His selfless sacrifice ensured Luffy’s survival, but it shattered the hearts of those who cherished Ace and longed for his eventual return.
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Facts and Trivia
- In the early concepts of One Piece, Ace originally planned to have the name “Portgas D. Lang.” This information was revealed in One Piece Green: Secret Pieces. Although his name and some minor design elements were different, Ace’s overall appearance remained largely unchanged. The original concept included a different hat design and the idea that Ace would wear sunglasses as part of his attire. However, these features were ultimately revised in the final design of the character.
- Ace was also known by various other aliases such as Gol D. Ace (his birthname), Portgaz D. Ace, Fire Fist” Ace (火拳のエース, Hiken no Ēsu), and Second Division Commander of Whitebeard Crew.
- A replica of Ace’s and Whitebeard’s tombs has been constructed at Universal Studios Japan. Ace’s tomb bears an epitaph that reads, “Ace, may your soul endure for eternity. Your courageous spirit will forever remain with us.”
- Ace’s Wanted Poster has undergone 3 distinct changes over the course of the series. The first alteration occurred in a filler episode during the Arabasta Arc. The second modification took place in an episode of the Marineford Arc, originally depicted as an image of the newspaper in the manga. Finally, the third revision can be observed in One Piece Magazine’s second volume.
- In the 6th Japanese Fan Poll, Ace achieved an impressive fifth place, making him the highest-ranked character among the Whitebeard Pirates and the most popular deceased character in the series. However, in the 7th poll, his popularity slightly decreased, and he secured the ninth position. Nonetheless, Ace’s enduring popularity among fans is a testament to his impactful presence and memorable character in the One Piece series.
- If Ace’s character would have been a girl, her name would have been “Ann”.
- Ace’s birthday would have originally fallen in February, and he would have been 21 years old at the time of his death if he had been born on schedule. However, due to unique circumstances, his mother kept him in her womb for an extended period of eleven months past his due date. This prolonged stay was to safeguard him from the World Government’s pursuit. As a result, Ace’s actual birth took place in January, and he was 20 years old at the time of his passing. This extraordinary duration of twenty months spent within his mother’s womb, compared to the typical nine months, adds a distinctive aspect to Ace’s life story.
- The first ever Devil Fruit user to die in the series was Ace.
- Ace’s bounty stood at an astounding 550 million Beli prior to his tragic demise, making it the highest publicly disclosed amount within the series prior to the time skip. This substantial bounty reflected the significant threat he posed to the World Government and highlighted his formidable abilities as a pirate. Ace’s impressive bounty further solidified his reputation as a renowned and powerful figure in the One Piece universe.
- While Ace’s Kenbunshoku Haki usage is not shown in the main story or confirmed in the databooks, the manga adaptation of the novel depicts him being trained in it by Thatch and using it in his duel against Whitebeard.
- After his death, Luffy went into trauma and was only able to survive both times due to Jinei who helped him by saving his life and honoring Ace’s last wish to protect his brother.
- Ace’s signature move, “Cross-fire,” holds a special significance as it draws inspiration from his caretaker. The hand gesture used in this technique, forming a cross with his index fingers, originated from his caretaker’s way of guiding him. Whenever Ace was veering off track or making mistakes, his caretaker would affectionately make this hand sign while saying “booh” to gently correct him. Over time, Ace embraced this gesture as a reminder of his caretaker’s guidance and support, incorporating it into his fighting style as a symbol of strength and fond memories.