Benn Beckman

Benn Beckman

Benn Beckman is the first mate of the Red Hair Pirates.

Appearance

Beckman is a tall man, standing at a height of 206cm. Twelve years ago, in Foosha Village, his hair was long, light brown (black in the anime) and pulled back in a ponytail. In the current storyline, his hair is now gray, medium-length, and slicked-back. He also now has a large, X-shaped scar on his left temple. He is never seen without his rifle nearby or a cigarette in his mouth.

His outfit has changed very little over the years since his first appearance; he now wears a black, v-neck shirt with three quarter sleeves (whereas he is previously seen wearing a short-sleeved shirt of a similar color and design) along with loose pants (originally of a dark green color, but presently gray) with numerous pockets on them, tucked inside his buckled boots. Like most of the other Red Hair Pirates, he wears a sash around his waist, to which he attaches his rifle in a pistol-like fashion. The only thing added to his attire is his spiral-patterned cloak.

Personality

Beckman appears to be a lot less fun-loving and a lot more relaxed than the other members of the crew are, acting as the level-headed member. He, Lucky Roux, and Yasopp are some of Shanks’ most trusted crew members, as they are always seen when the Red Hair Pirates are featured, usually when something crucial happens. He is a well-deserved vice-captain who silently supports the crew with a deep attitude despite their liveliness.

At times, Beckman seems amused at the actions of his captain, such as panicking when Luffy is taken or getting even more drunk when he has already drunk a lot before and when Dracule Mihawk brought the news of Luffy’s first bounty. He is the first to speak out among the crew whenever they appear. He also seems to be the first to ask questions about the crew’s situation, such as whether the World Government would try to stop them from seeing Whitebeard.

He is a playboy and loves women.

Relationships

Red Hair Pirates

As the first mate of the Red Hair Pirates, He holds the most trust and highest authority behind their Chief himself.

Shanks

As the right-hand man of Shanks, he is the man Shanks trusts the most. Beckman has a keen understanding of how Shanks operates, telling Luffy about the responsibilities Shanks has to face every day as a pirate captain. On the other hand, he can still end up amazed by some of the more foolish actions from his captain, such as panicking when Luffy was taken by Higuma. or getting even drunker while already hungover after Mihawk brought news of Luffy’s new bounty. He is one of the three members of the crew who always appear with Shanks.

Friends

Monkey D. Luffy

Like the rest of the crew Beckman also befriended Luffy after their arrival at Foosha Village. Just like his Captain, he had a lot of faith in Luffy becoming a great pirate. When Luffy declared his goal to Shanks and the rest of the crew, Beckman commented to his captain that Luffy will make it big someday which later came true, as Luffy is now considered to be one of the Four Emperors, like his captain. Luffy holds Beckman in high regards and like the rest of the crew he was appreciative of them saving him from Higuma and his crew of bandits.

Abilities and Powers

As the first mate of the Red Hair Pirates, Beckman is the crew’s second highest authority behind Shanks himself. He holds a great deal of experience as the eldest of the crew’s core members.

As a combatant, Beckman is very powerful with superb combat effectiveness and agility. At the end of the Summit War of Marineford, Admiral Kizaru chose not to engage with Beckman when the latter had him held at gunpoint, even though Kizaru had fought Marco earlier and even Whitebeard himself.

Intelligence

Beckman is especially known for his advanced intellect, having the highest IQ of any character introduced during the East Blue Saga (above the master strategist Kuro’s and Nami’s).

Stealth

Beckman has demonstrated some stealth ability when the Red Hair Pirates arrived at Marineford to stop the war, able to climb up and sit on a Marine ship’s mast to point his flintlock at nearby Kizaru, a Kenbunshoku Haki user, without the latter noticing until Beckman made his presence known.

Physical Abilities

Beckman possesses impressive physical strength. Twelve years ago, he easily defeated Higuma’s crew of mountain bandits using only a cigarette and his rifle as a club. Beckman is also extremely fast, as shown when he climbed up and sat on a Marine ship’s mast to intercept Kizaru before he could attack the Polar Tang, despite having just arrived at the scene. Another showing of his strength is when he managed to take the arm clean off of the Worst Generation pirate Eustass Kid.

Haki

Main article: Haki

Busoshoku Haki

Beckman is a skilled user of Busoshoku Haki. He is able to imbue his rifle’s bullets with this type of Haki, allowing him to hold a Logia-type Devil Fruit user like Kizaru at gunpoint.

Non-canonically, in One Piece Film: Red, Beckman hardened his hands to stop bullets from hitting civilians.

Weapons

Beckman carries a flintlock rifle with him, but he has yet to be seen firing it, instead having used it as a club on Higuma’s men twelve years ago, and as a threat against Kizaru.

History

Past

Before Foosha Village

Beckman is originally from the North Blue. At some point he joined the Red Hair Pirates and became their first mate.

13 years ago, the Red Hair Pirates raided a World Government ship containing CP9 agents, and stole the Gomu Gomu no Mi.

Romance Dawn

Sometime later the crew settled in Foosha Village, here he met Monkey D. Luffy, who was always asking to join the crew.

A year later, he saw the boy climb onto the figurehead and stab himself with a dagger under the eye to prove his bravery. With the rest of the crew, she arrived at Partys Bar where she toasted Luffy and his journey. Beckman tried to explain Shanks’ decision on refusing to take Monkey D. Luffy with him to sea. Unfortunately, he found that his captain left him in somewhat of an awkward situation, since he seemed to enjoy mocking the fact that Luffy could not swim, leaving Beckman to explain that Shanks really was not that happy all the time. He then overheard the conversation between Shanks and Higuma, after which the latter ordered his subordinates to attack them. Benn Beckman thus told his captain to leave them to him, arguing that alone would be enough. He then stubbed out a cigarette on one enemy’s forehead, and took out the rest with his rifle very easily. He then pointed the gun at Higuma arguing that if they were going to fight them, they should have gotten a warship.

When they were about to leave the island, he heard Luffy’s announcement of being a great pirate, and when his captain passed by, he told him that Luffy would become great. The crew then set sail.

The Spade Pirates

Two years before the start of the story, the Spade Pirates broke into the cave where the Red Hair Pirates were partying, but none of them were surprised by the sudden visit. Ace introduced himself to Shanks, telling him where he was born and raised, citing Makino and his teachings on good manners. Hearing that name, the Emperor’s crew members began to pay more attention and accepted Ace’s gift, which was a bottle of liquor. The young pirate told Shanks that Luffy was his brother, which shocked the Emperor’s crew. He listened to the captain’s conversation with him and Ace about Luffy, as well as Ace’s plans to defeat the pirates and the Celestial Dragons.

As the Spade Pirates left, Beckman and Shanks commented on Ace’s Haki and how the snow around him had stopped and returned when he left. Shanks then asked him what he thought of Ace, and he replied that he was naiver than he seemed, and should have joined the Revolutionary Army if his goal was to collapse the world, adding that with that step he would never become the captain of a fleet of boats, in addition to commenting on their reward. However, Shanks replied that Ace said that he was born in Baterilla and smiled. Beckman looked at the captain from him and thought that he was smiling a little differently than usual.

East Blue Saga

Loguetown Arc

When Dracule Mihawk informed the crew about the up-and-coming Luffy, Beckman was surprised at this fact. With his crew, they celebrated and invited the Warlord to the party despite Shanks and his crew already being worn out from another party the night before.

Sky Island Saga

Jaya Arc

After Shanks’s call with Rockstar, Beckman asked Shanks how he thought the government would react to him wanting to meet Whitebeard.

Water 7 Saga

Post-Enies Lobby Arc

Beckman accompanied Shanks when he visited Whitebeard, and later watched unfazed while Shanks and Whitebeard clashed.

Summit War Saga

Marineford Arc

The crew intercepted Kaidou, and it can be assumed that he assisted in this interception. During the Summit War of Marineford, Beckman prevented Admiral Kizaru from attacking Luffy and Trafalgar Law, telling Kizaru not to move a muscle while aiming his gun at him. Although the admiral kept firing which infuriated the pirate. Later, the Red Hair Pirates left the battlefield peacefully, taking Ace’s and Whitebeard’s bodies with them.

Post-War Arc

Beckman later attended Ace and Whitebeard’s funeral somewhere in the New World.

During the Timeskip

During the timeskip, the Red Hair Pirates fought against the Kid Pirates. During the battle Beckman had robbed Eustass Kid of his left forearm.

Whole Cake Island Saga

From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc

After the timeskip, the Red Hair Pirates attended a wedding at the ruins of a certain island, when they receive the news of the Straw Hats in Dressrosa.

Wano Country Saga

Wano Country Arc

A week after the Raid on Onigashima, the Red Hair Pirates sailed to the outskirts of Wano Country. While the others were excited to see Luffy again, Beckman was reading the newspaper when Shanks sat down and told him that it was time to make their move and claim the One Piece.


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


One Piece Film: Red

Uta organized a concert on Elegia in order to realize her dream of performing for the whole world. Beckman was present during the concert.


Concludes non-canon section.


Final Saga

Egghead Arc

Shanks and his crew dropped Marco off at Sphinx. As Marco was getting off the Red Force, Shanks asked him if he would join the crew, to which Marco refused, stating that he was done taking care of big-time pirates. Shanks claimed that he would be no trouble for Marco and asked Beckman for support, but Beckman refuted Shanks’ claim.

Later, the crew arrived at Elbaf, where they spent some time in a bar. Suddenly, Rockstar informed Shanks that the Kid Pirates are attacking them. Beckman points out that the crew would be furious towards them. Lucky Roux tells him that he should already know why they hold such a grudge against him specifically. Shanks gives the order to set sail to fight in the sea so as not to risk damaging the island, where he asks Dorry and Brogy if they will lend him a hand, to which the giants accept. Beckman also listens to the message that Shanks tells Rockstar. When they were heading to their ship, they were welcomed by their subordinate captains, where one of them tells them that they wanted to pay tribute, to which Beckman tells him that they don’t use that kind of system.

The crew boarded the ship, preparing to fight. As Eustass Kid created a giant cannon, Shanks stepped in and ordered his crewmen to disperse the ships. Beckman said that Shanks must have seen a bad future. Shanks then defeated Kid, while Dorry and Brogy were in charge of destroying his ship.

Major Battles

  • Benn Beckman and Lucky Roux vs. Mountain Bandits
  • Red Hair Pirates vs. Kaidou and King (unseen)
  • Red Hair Pirates vs. Kid Pirates (unseen)

Merchandise

Beckman has been featured in One Piece Gashapon sets and Portrait of Pirates.

Video Games

Playable Appearances

  • One Piece: Become the Pirate King!
  • One Piece: Going Baseball
  • One Py Berry Match
  • One Piece Thousand Storm
  • One Piece Treasure Cruise
  • One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!!
  • One Piece Bounty Rush

Support Appearances

  • Grand Battle!
  • Grand Battle! 2
  • One Piece: Grand Battle! 3
  • One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!
  • One Piece: Grand Adventure
  • One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World
  • One Piece: Dance Battle
  • One Piece: Burning Blood

Non-Playable Appearances

  • Aim! The King of Berry
  • One Piece: Pirates Carnival

Anime and Manga Differences

In the Manga when he encounters Kizaru during Marineford and tells him to not attack Law’s Submarine, Kizaru blithely ignored the direct threat and went ahead with his attack by assaulting the bay with several beams of light. In the Manga, Beckman reacts to this while his reaction was removed in the anime.

Translation and Dub Issues

In the 4Kids English dub, Beckman’s cigarette is edited out.

Trivia

  • When Oda first revealed Beckman’s name, he jokingly called him “Shofukutei Nezumi” (ショーフクテイ・ネズミ, Shōfukutei Nezumi?, VIZ: Shoofukutii Mouse) because he looks like a mouse.
  • Beckman’s favorite food is kamaboko.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 10) and Episode 4, Beckman makes his debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 5 (p. 148), Beckman’s name and first-mate status are revealed.
  3. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 159), Beckman’s birthday is revealed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Vivre Card – One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0020), Information about Beckman is revealed.
  5. Eternal Log, Beckman has a bounty, but part of it is obscured.
  6. One Piece Red: Grand Characters (p. 153), Beckman’s name written in English as “Benn Beckman”.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 957 (p. 13) and Episode 958, Beckman, Roux, and Yasopp are mentioned as officers.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 (p. 14) and Episode 151, Beckman is shown in the current timeline.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Volume 4000000000 “RED” (p. 42), Miscellaneous information about Beckman is revealed.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 37) and Episode 4, Beckman comments on Shanks’s hysterical reaction to Luffy’s kidnapping.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 96 (p. 17-18) and Episode 45, Mihawk visits the Red Hair Pirates.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 (p. 16) and Episode 488, Borsalino encounters Beckman.
  13. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 8 (p. 64), Fan Question: Who has the highest IQ?
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 35-36) and Episode 4, Beckman easily defeats the bandits.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 (p. 178), Beckman is confirmed to be the one who took Kid’s arm.
  16. One Piece Movie — One Piece Film: Red.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 34-35) and Episode 4, Benn Beckman easily defeats the bandits
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1018 (p. 7) and Episode 1040.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1054 (p. 11-12) and Episode 1081.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 45-47) and Episode 4.
  21. One Piece Novel — A Vol. 2.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 17) and Episode 316, Beckman watches Shanks clash with Whitebeard.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 533 (p. 3) and Episode 434, Kaidou is reported to have tried to attack Whitebeard before the Marineford War.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 (p. 14-15) and Episode 489, Sengoku agrees to hand Ace’s and Whitebeard’s bodies over to the Red Hair Pirates.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 590 (p. 9) and Episode 505, Beckman is seen at Whitebeard and Ace’s funeral.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 928 (p. 5) and Episode 923.
  27. One Piece Manga — Vol. 83 Chapter 838, cover story: From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc Vol. 25.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1054 (p. 13-14) and Episode 1081.
  29. One Piece Movie — One Piece Film: Red.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1059 (p. 2) and Episode 1087.
  31. One Piece Manga — Vol. 106 Chapter 1076 (p. 12-15, 17).
  32. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1079 (p. 8-9).

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