Gold Roger is a male character who features in One Piece.
Gol D. Roger (ゴール・D・ロジャー Gōru dī Rojā)
Gol D. Roger was the Pirate King, the strongest pirate alive, and owner of the legendary treasure known as One Piece. Born in Loguetown, Roger was famed as the man who did what no one thought possible - he conquered the Grand Line. Even before setting out, he was the only man who truly did not fear the dangers of the Grand Line and was even excited about venturing out there. Even with warnings about ships never returning from that ocean, he did not care; in fact, he even declared that was the reason for him going. He was said to be completely fearless, and those who witnessed his execution even claim that he grinned just before his death. Many people who've met Monkey D. Luffy and knew Roger have commented that the two are very similar.
One of Roger's famous battles involved 'Killer Giant', a rough man with a large sword who killed hundreds of pirates and was described as a devil. Gold Roger defeated and killed Killer Giant in a short battle, leaving a fatal gash in Killer Giant's skull. In his dying breath, the man praised Roger and dubbed him 'Eternal Pirate'. Other battles included fights against the King of the Eric Pirates, the famous gunner Silver-Silver, and the devilish Kung-Fu Brothers, each described as dangerous men until they met Roger. Roger was apparently well versed in ancient languages (able to decipher Poneglyphs). He and his crew had allegedly visited most (if not all) of the islands in the Grand Line; he befriended Gan Fall, the current "God" of Skypiea, a few years before his death, and left a cryptic inscription next to the Poneglyph of Shandora (which was in the stand of the golden bell of Skypiea). Roger's pirate ship, the Oro Jackson, was constructed by the fish-man Tom, the greatest shipwright of all time, and mentor to Water 7's mayor Iceburg, as well as its "underground face" and current Straw Hat Pirate crew member, Franky. Interestingly enough, oro is the Spanish and Italian word for "gold," so Gold Roger's pirate ship's name, Oro Jackson, can be translated to "Gold Jackson." Roger was cornered at sea by Garp several times. Both Red-Haired Shanks and Buggy the Clown served Roger during their youth, and witnessed his execution.
The final act by the King of the Pirates was to be captured and executed; It is unknown who captured him. Considering how powerful Roger was in life, it is hard to believe he was captured at all. His bounty though has been put forward in a SBS question to the creator Oda, is known to be 760.000.000 Belli. One possibility behind his death is linked to his knowledge of being able to read Poneglyphs. From Nico Robin we learn reading them is forbidden. Each of the Poneglyphs (ancient stone tablets) reveals something lost to normal history. Even if Roger had not been punished for the crime of raising the Jolly Roger, the act of reading the stones alone would have brought him his final conviction to be executed by the Marines and the World Government. Exactly how Roger died is a subject of debate, however. In the anime, two executioners impaled spears into his heart (though utterly failing to make him stop smiling); in the 4Kids dub, he was "hung" (hanged) at the Roguetown gallows; and the Viz manga says the Navy "lopped off his head" (decapitated him). The manga itself is very ambiguous about his manner of death, showing the executioners using their blades on Roger in an unknown way after he makes his speech. as the execution is shown in the very distance in its panel it is impossible to know for sure what was done to Roger, but it remains to be seen whether this will become an important plot point in the future, or if it were simply a way of lessening the visceral impact of the character's death. In the 4Kids dub, Roger's last words before he died were: "My fortune is yours for the taking, but you'll have to find it first. I left everything I owned in one piece." In volume one of the graphic novel of One Piece, Roger's last words were: "My treasure? Why, it's right where I left it. It's yours if you can find it. But you'll have to search the whole world!" So with his legendary treasure One Piece now up for grabs, people took to the seas in search of it. The words "In One Piece" are an American interpretation. In the original and current Japanese openings, Gol D. Roger states (through fansub translations) "My treasure? If you want it, I'll let you have it... search for it! I left all of it at that place." The common understanding of these words were that he hid his treasure at "that place", which is generally believed to be Raftel, the last island on the Grand Line. It should also be noted that Roger may well have been about to name the island or place in question, if not for his short speech being interrupted by his execution
Gold Roger's treasure dubbed later as One Piece remains unclaimed and its location unknown. Many pirates have since set sail hoping to find that treasure, become the Pirate King and make all their wildest dreams come true. For some reason, even as the World Government sought out people with relatively minor connections to Roger (such as Tom the shipwright), some of his former crew members were able to escape capture. While the number of members who escaped, how many are alive and who they are a mystery, at least two are known to be active. Both Buggy and Shanks went off to become pirates and set up their own pirate groups: Buggy's Band of Pirates and Red Haired Pirate Crew. Red Haired Shanks is currently very powerful, being a Yonkou himself along with Whitebeard, the "strongest pirate in the world". The series' emphasis on what 'wealth' and 'treasure' are, and how the definition changes for some people (such as Luffy's hat as his treasure) leads some fans to believe that his treasure may be nothing more than something Roger himself treasured. This also may challenge the English translation of "in one piece."
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- Gold Roger was created by Eiichiro Oda where he featured in the setting of One Piece.
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