With the introduction of the Big Mom Pirates in the current arc of “One Piece,” readers have gotten a better understanding of how the pirate crews of the Yonko are structured. The Yonko are, of course, the 4 most powerful and influential pirates in the New World. Along with Shanks, Kaidou, and Blackbeard, the primary antagonist of the current arc, Big Mom, is one of these Yonko. As such, Big Mom has a huge following of infamous criminals and pirates, including the likes of Pekoms, Baron Tamago, and former Shichibukai Jinbei, who quit her crew in chapter 863 to serve under Luffy. As captain, Big Mom obviously holds the reins and has complete dominion over her entire crew.
Furthermore, she has a trio of executive officers known as the Sweet Commanders. These Sweet Commanders are made up of 3 of her strongest children, namely Cracker, Smoothie, and Katakuri. In this article, we will be looking at the Sweet Commanders and the possibility of the #Straw Hats introducing a similar system to their crew.
New World pirates: The Yonko and their top executive officers
Like the Big Mom Pirates, Kaidou’s Beast Pirates also have 3 top executive officers, known as the Disasters, in their ranks. So far, we have only seen Jack the Drought, who has an impressive bounty of 1,000,000,000 Belli. Each of Kaidou’s commanders has control over a subdivision of the crew, with Jack in charge of the so-called Gifters and Pleasures. It has also been revealed that the other two Yonko, Shanks and Blackbeard, have appointed commanders within their ranks.
Jesus Burgess, for instance, is the captain of Blackbeard’s first ship, while Benn Beckman is the vice captain of the Red Hair Pirates. It is still unknown, however, whether Blackbeard and Shanks have 3 top executive officers in the style of the Sweet Commanders. Furthermore, it should be noted that the Sweet Commanders originally consisted of 4 members. Brûlée, one of Big Mom’s many daughters, revealed in chapter 837 that her brother Snack was also a Sweet Commander until his defeat at the hands of Urouge.
This shows that the Yonko pirate crews are not strictly restricted to 3 top commanders. For example, the Whitebeard Pirates consisted of 16 divisions, each of which had its own commander. Also, the Yonko aren’t the only pirate captains who have appointed executive officers. The former Shichibukai Donquixote Doflamingo had his very own executive officers in the form of Diamante, Pica, and Trebol. Similar to the Disasters, each of these officers had control over three subdivisions of the Donquixote Pirates.
Could the Straw Hat Pirates have a similar system?
After the Straw Hats’ victory against Donquixote Doflamingo at Dressrosa, many of Luffy’s allies swore fealty to his pirate crew and formed the Straw Hat Grand Fleet. One of the reasons pirate captains appoint commanders is that they oversee a large amount of underlings. In other words, it would be impossible for someone like Big Mom to have control over her entire crew without a clear hierarchy and system. The Straw Hats, particularly Luffy, are clearly very different from other pirate crews, and Luffy was initially against the idea of joining forces with Cavendish and the rest. Now that the Straw Hats have a very large number of subordinates, 5,640 to be exact, it may be necessary for Luffy to appoint commanders for each division of the Grand Fleet. Obviously, logistics aren’t Luffy’s strong suit, but it remains a possibility that the #Straw Hat Pirates might one day end up with their own commanders. Unofficially, the so-called Monster Trio are already the crew’s top fighters anyway.