The swordsmen of One Piece are powerful, a major plot element, and freaking cool. Here, I detail out everything I’ve found about the swordsmen of One Piece, and what I think about them. Remember: do not read this page until you’re entirely caught up with the manga! I don’t want to spoil anything for you 🙂 Let’s begin.
Top Left: Flashback Mihawk | Top Right: Current Mihawk
Bottom Left: Current Rayleigh | Bottom Right: Flashback Rayleigh
–> Not a lot to say here other than this Lord Rayleigh guy at MH is OBSERVANT. Flashback Rayleigh clearly has the same cape as current Mihawk, and is clearly no longer the owner today.
–> We know for a fact that Mihawk is the world’s strongest swordsman.
–> As the first-mate of Gol D. Roger himself, we can smartly assume that Rayleigh was among the greatest swordsmen of his era.
onetheory: I… agree completely. I think that this theory is so legit that we can make theories based on this observation. And I do!
// Zoro’s scar is the mark of a challenger to Yoru who has lost. (nalld @ onepeacetheory)
Prediction Date: 2/22/2012
Assumption: Lord Rayleigh is indeed correct in calling this cape the cape of the strongest swordsman.
<-> Zoro fought Mihawk but received no scar earlier in the series.
–> Mihawk used a dagger.
<-> Rayleigh has a scar, and got it before he ever met Mihawk.
–> Presumably because Mihawk had to use Yoru to defeat Rayleigh for his cape.
<– He actually got this scar before he ever met Mihawk, pretty much killing this theory. (XZlayeD @ reddit)
–> All I can really say now is that Rayleigh lost to Yoru in the past, before Mihawk got Yoru himself. The problem is, I’m making the facts fit the theory so I don’t really buy this idea myself. Just leaving it up here for the sake of transparency.
<-> Zoro trained with Mihawk and now has a scar.
–> Presumably because Zoro is so strong that Mihawk had to train him with Yoru.
<-> Mihawk has no scar.
–> Presumably because he beat whoever he had to for Yoru in order to become its owner.
onetheory: If someone else has come up with this theory already, allow me to say, “Great Minds!” I think this fully explains why Mihawk has no scar but has the cape, and why Zoro has a scar now and no cape!
\\ Is Zoro’s scar similar to Shanks’?
<-> Zoro didn’t have his scar prior to training with Mihawk.
<– Blackbeard had a weapon capable of making the 3 slashes on Shanks’ face. (Commenter KINGMINNE)
<– That is a counterpoint to the idea that the slashes are marks of swordsmanship – or at least that Shanks’ aren’t.
onetheory: Probably not the same as Shanks’.
\\ Is there a “Number 2 Headband” in One Piece?
Assumption: That we are indeed correct in assuming Mihawk’s cape is the cape of the strongest.
<-> In Afro Samurai [spoilers, I suppose], the #1 Samurai owns a #1 Headband and can only be challenged by the owner of the #2 Headband.
onetheory: I think it’s possible, mostly because I love the idea. But I don’t think Oda would do something that has already been done.
// Zoro will get another mark on his face.
onetheory: I just think it would be cool if Rayleigh had 1 slash, Zoro had 2, and Shanks had 3 😀