So hey guys, I'm new here, and I don't quite know how everything works yet. I also can't seem to make the mechanic for choosing a profile pic work, frustratingly. Anyway, I tend to have a lot of thoughts on these kinds of things, and I got tired of keeping them to myself, so I decided to share them with you so you can share your thoughts as well. My first topic will be as follows: What are your favorite Big Bads of One Piece? This has nothing to do with strength, just your personal preference. Also, I'm not sure if making a poll for this is a good idea, I just want people to write their thoughts. Now, only certain antagonists can qualify for this. Also, it doesn't have to be your top 5, that's just what I'm doing. First, they to be the main antagonist, not a secondary like Mr. 1 or Kaku. Second, they have to be indisputably the big bad, aka, the biggest threat of that arc. Because of this, antagonists such as Akainu or Kaido do not count, because they have not been the center of an arc. Marineford was full of big bads and Akainu was only one of them, and we don't even know that much about Kaido yet. A character such as Foxy or Bellamy however, even though their arcs were short, do count. And that's it. Here's my top 5. Also, be warned, this is gonna be really long and detailed. 5. Arlong. Taking the five spot is an early villain, and by current standards totally irrelevant in terms of strength. At the time, however, this guy was easily the most intimidating, sinister villain we had seen so far. He was the first villain that felt truly frightening and impressive, except for maybe Kuro, but I don't know man, Kuro isn't all he's made out to be. His plan made no sense and he got pretty easily demolished by Luffy if I remember correctly, similar to Don Krieg. This guy was the first real threat that gave our heroes real problems. Also, the amount of psychological torture and mental trauma he put Nami through is nothing short of vile, and his actions will always have an everlasting effect on Nami, one of our main characters. Even in the Fishman Island arc, hundreds of episodes and more than two years in canon after his defeat, Nami is still shown to be visibly shaken by memories of his cruelty. Not to mention, his actions inspired the villains of the Fishman arc, as lame as they were. That's staying power. Truly a classic One Piece villain. 4. Magellan Even though this guy's devil fruit isn't a logia as I think it should have been, this guy's abilities are still an unbelievable force to be reckoned with, but as I said, this isn't about strength. Magellan is here for a few reasons. One, well, just look at that guy. Would you want to go up against that? Immensely intimidating, both on a physical and mental sense. This guys is just scary as hell on all accounts. I mean, he literally looks like some form of Satan, and he's basically running Hell. So there you go. This guy is scary, smart, strong, yet strangely, despite his appearance, he never came off as particularly evil. Strict and ruthless yes, but this guy is almost straight as an arrow. He's not especially diabolical like Doflamingo, or ammoral like Rob Lucci. He's really not a malevolent person. He's like a less extreme, cruel, more likable version of Akainu. A man who believes in the firm, solid hand of justice. He's one of the more morally upstanding villains of One Piece, and that's what makes him so interesting to me. 3. Crocodile. Oh man, now we're getting into some of my favorite characters ever, period. So, Crocodile is freakin' awesome, as many of you would agree. Not only is this guy powerful as hell, but he's also got such a likable personality. Sure, he's a dastardly douche, but there's something about him man that just makes you smile. Maybe it's his cigar. I especially like his voice in the dub, because he's got some great lines. After saving Luffy from the clutches of Mihawk in Marineford, he says this to the Shichibukai, who may I remind you, is the greatest swordsman in the world. "I'm not in the mood to take your crap or anyone else's. If you want to fight that hurry up and do it." How badass is that? He's like a One Piece version of Max Payne in that scene. Tired, fed up with everything, and not much to lose. He's also one of the villains in One Piece who comes back after his initial appearance, although he's probably the most significant. He becomes an anti hero in Impel Down and Marineford, and then this character, this guy who've known so far as to be a heartless, unfeeling manipulator, starts to show a lighter side. We start to actually root for Crocodile to win, something we never imagined would happen during the Alabasta arc, or at least I didn't. At the time of his appearance, he was arguably the most cruel, sinister villain in the show so far, and while I don't think he would ever admit it, I think there's some good in this guy. Yet at the same time, he's still pretty sinister. That's something you don't see a lot, and I find it very refreshing and complex. As much as I've praised moral complexity so far, my top two are pretty much straight bad guy, but here's the thing. I'm a lover of crazy, yet also collected as shit types of villains. Villains like your Heath Leder's Joker (Or really just the joker in general actually), or Raoul Silva from the James Bond movie "Skyfall." Characters who are charismatic and cool to extreme levels, who always seem like they're one step ahead. Guys who just do really messed up things and love doing them. They're my weakness man. That's why i love Farcry villains so much. One of these guys isn't quite as crazy as the other, and this was an incredibly intense match, but at the end of the day, it was style of all things that won the battle. You'll see what I mean in a moment. 2. Donquixote Doflamingo Man, this was such a hard call. Such a hard call. I'm sure many of you have guessed who No.1 is gonna be now, but I'm still not giving it away. How do I put this simply? I fucking love this guy. Doflamingo is just one of those villains who you know is totally nuts and evil from the start, but you don't even care because he's just so damn cool and fun to watch. From his very first scene when he used his abilities to force those two Marines to almost kill each other in the Shichibukai meeting just because he was bored, to his constant (usually hilarious), foreshadowing of events that let you know he had a master plan the entire time, true to the nature of his control oriented devil fruit. That said, despite his planning and manipulation, this guy just does whatever the hell he wants, and doesn't care who he pisses off. He even threatens Sengoku, the Fleet Admiral at the time, and a member of the Gorosei. He gives that little amount of fucks. And that laugh man. Don't get me started with that laugh. While I said I prefer Crocodile's English voice as compared to his Japanese one, here it's the exact opposite. You really don't get the full experience of Doflamingo unless you watch the sub, which really sucks for me doesn't it? I have to alternate if I want to enjoy them both. Despite the anime's flaws with the Dressrosa arc, I still loved the final battle with Luffy at the end, so that also works to his favor. Also, despite the fact that I said this choice came down to style and character design, I still adore Doflamingo's, I just like the next guy's a little bit more. Doflamingo is such a fabulously dressed dude, but it doesn't feel like too much like Bon Kurei did, at least for me. Everything about him screams chaos, which is very interesting actually, because a lot about this next guy screams "order." If you haven't guessed who it is by now, well, have you even watched this show? 1. Rob Lucci Here we are. The end of the line. The grand finale. One of my favorite characters of all time, never mind One Piece or anime. This guy has so much class it's often comical, but still just as cool. If there were ever a One Piece villain that was the king of cool, and the master of style, it's Rob Lucci. It's not enough that he dresses like a mob boss on the way to dance in a Michael Jackson music video, or that cold, sleek, chilling voice of his, he had to have a freaking pet bird that wears a tie and drinks fucking tea. He's such a serious character, and while something as funny as that SHOULD take away from it, it just doesn't. It's adorable and hilarious. It's the only thing about Lucci that implies a softer side, his connection to this damn bird. I want to know how they got together dammit. I want to see the Lucci heart-breaking sob story. How he came to be this anime version of Agent 47 only with to-die-for locks, and why this bird ended up being his only friend. Except for, arguably, MAYBE Kaku. I also wonder if he really does hold some affection for Paulie and the other shipwrights, but he denies it and shoves it under this unbreakable facade of unphaseable coolness/coldness. It's hard to say. Is he a total unfeeling killing machine, or is there more underneath? There's such a mysterious factor to the guy. The thing that really pushed Lucci over Doflamingo is these little quirks and details I love so much. Besides all that, the guy is just 100% unadulterated badass. He was easily the most intimidating villain Lucci had faced at the time, and arguably he still is. At least, I would argue that. This guy and his posse totally handed Luffy's crew their own asses on a silver, finely decorated plate, and he's one of the few antagonists to actually "win" an arc. They soundly defeated Luffy and his friends at Water 7. They got demolished. Sure, Crocodile defeated Luffy before, but this was the first time the Straw Hat Crew had been totally beaten as a whole, and didn't come back to win later in the arc. Sure, Water 7 directly leads into Enies Lobby, but you have to wait another entire arc to see them even the score, and it's really long. The Enles Lobby Arc is also objectively one of the best One Piece arcs ever, and my personal favorite, so that also works heavily in Lucci's favor. His devil fruit, as straightforward as it is (I mean, he's a leopard), still manages to be the shit because it's in the hands of Lucci. He makes it one of the coolest devil fruits because of the way he is able to compliment his own rokushiki abilities with the enhanced strength of his Zoan fruit, rather than rely on the fruit completely, like Crocodile or Enel. He's versatile, and deadly as hell. Despite his almost entirely reserved nature, he's also undeniably psychotic and lives for the fight, as shown in his absurdly unnerving grin he gave us (which I unfortunately can't find) right before his final clash with Luffy began. He's also got no specific weaknesses, like Enel or Crocodile. The only way to beat Lucci is just to freaking beat him down until he can't stand up, like Luffy did. Lucci was so powerful you felt like he could kick the asses of main villains of future arcs, like Moria or Hodi. The only bad thing about him at the time was that he seemed to forgotten about after his defeat, and with that side comic that came out, it seemed he was doomed to the same fate as Enel, Arlong, Kuro, and many others: Never showing up to play a major part in the story again. But the, Oda answered my prayers and made my day (hell, my month) when Lucci reappeared as the new leader of CP0. True we haven't seen much of him yet, but with his appearance in the Gold Movie, even though it's not canon, I think they're really building up to another major appearance, and I can hardly wait. Who knows how strong he is now. Anyway, this is getting way out of hand, and I could go on for days about my love for Lucci, but I'm gonna call it there. I'm sure you've all had enough of my obsession if you made it this far. At first when Lucci first appeared as a shipwright, I thought he was cool with his pet bird, but the moment he revealed his true colors, I knew from the start I had found my new favorite villain, and he has yet to be dethroned. So, what are some of your favorite Big Bads? Admittedly, I made this largely just so I could get this all out there, but I'm also really interested in hearing other people's opinions and favorites.