“Crescent-Moon” Gally is the captain of the Gally Pirates, currently active in the East Blue.

He is notable as a character that predates One Piece proper, serving as the main antagonist of the first Romance Dawn prototype. Since then, he has mostly appeared in non-canon portions of the anime (including a loose adaptation of Romance Dawn), though he was eventually confirmed as a canon character by a manga cameo at the conclusion of the Whole Cake Island Arc.


Gally is a middle-aged, average-sized man with a strongly angular face; his most distinguishing feature is his handlebar mustache, which extends in two thin crescent-shaped strips beyond his face. His attire is that of a stereotypical pirate captain, with an epaulette longcoat and a bicorne hat bearing his Jolly Roger.

During the Loguetown Arc, the anime depicted him with a markedly lanky build and gray hair (save for his black mustache), and added a large upward-curling goatee as well as a downward-curling tricorne. The latter two, when viewed together, gave his face an additional “crescent” motif.

In Romance Dawn Story, he was depicted with orange-red hair (again save for his black mustache) and a similarly-curling goatee, though his hat was reverted to a conventional bicorne.

As of the Whole Cake Island Arc, his design has become mostly identical to that of his original appearance in Romance Dawn, Version 1, with the color scheme drawing from his Loguetown appearance; in the anime, his mustache is also heavily simplified, eliminating the crescent motif.


Gally is rude and impatient, as he and his crew continuously demand the chefs of Baratie to bring food to them instead of waiting like any regular customer.

In Romance Dawn Story, Gally is extremely cruel and prideful, since he was willing to kill Luffy, Silk, and everyone in the town for his own personal gain. He also swore revenge on Luffy for defeating him and said he will kill him someday. Though Luffy sincerely doubted that.

Abilities and Powers

In the anime, Gally is fairly weak, since he and his entire crew were easily defeated by Smoker. In Romance Dawn Story, Gally is a crafty man who acknowledges the powers and weaknesses of Devil Fruit users, as he tactically lured Luffy into the ocean to swiftly defeat him. Otherwise, he is a typical pirate found scattered across East Blue, as his bounty is a mere 5,000,000, compared to Luffy’s 300,000,000, and after getting Luffy regained his focus, he easily rent asunder Gally’s ship and sent him flying.


He wields a sword.


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

East Blue Saga

Loguetown Arc

On the same day the Straw Hat Pirates docked at Loguetown, Gally and his crew began raiding the local warehouses for food and other supplies, preparing to sail for the Grand Line. Unfortunately, they were quickly found and beaten by Captain Smoker (who had been anticipating Monkey D. Luffy, and voiced disappointment at finding Gally instead). Despite his dreams of being Pirate King, Gally was last seen captured with the rest of his men.

Summit War Saga

Romance Dawn Story

Gally, who was tied up on his ship by Luffy, has threatened Silk’s town and Luffy promises Silk that he will help her defeat him. After a short fight, Luffy makes short work of the Crescent-Moon Gally, while explaining to Silk about his abilities. After Gally runs off, Luffy remembers he left the Mini-Merry tied to Gally’s ship. On his way back, the Mayor and various townspeople, mistake Luffy for Gally. They proceed to subdue him and tie him up. As he tries to explain himself, Gally interferes and attacks Silk. Gally, Silk and Luffy trade words about the meaning of treasure. Gally proceeds to throw Luffy’s straw hat into the nearby ocean. Luffy stretches to get, with his head extending, but falls short and into the water. Silk dives in, rescues him, and curses Gally for sailing away. As they leave, Gally orders an attack on the island, destroying several buildings. Luffy slingshots himself towards Gally’s ship, only to by shot out of the air by a cannonball.

Falling towards the water, Luffy is saved by the Thousand Sunny and the other Straw Hats. Usopp, Sanji, Nami, and Zoro berate Luffy on his being lost, while a fight breaks out on Gally’s ship. After some fighting, Gally is given a wanted poster of Luffy, comparing Luffy’s 300,000,000 to his small 5,000,000. Luffy proceeds to wreck Gally’s ship with his Gear 3rd, Gigant Axe (oddly he does not shrink afterwards like he usually does after using Gear Third). Luffy then grabs Gally and lands on a piece of his wreaked ship while his crew sail away with the Crescent Moon’s provisions and treasure. Gally swears he will kill Luffy someday, who ignores him and hits him with his pistol move sending Gally flying into the distance.

Concludes non-canon section.

Whole Cake Island Saga

Whole Cake Island Arc

The day after the Straw Hat Pirates escaped Totto Land, Gally and his crew arrived at the Baratie and immediately began disturbing the peace. Although Carne and Patty favored ejecting them, Zeff accepted them as customers, and served them.

Major Battles

  • Gally Pirates vs. Smoker (non-canon)
  • Gally Pirates vs. Monkey D. Luffy (non-canon)

Early Concepts

Romance Dawn V.1

Luffy first spotted Gally’s ship and decided to take it over so he would not have to sail in his dinghy. He defeated Gally’s crew with ease and tied them up. The ship then landed at Silk’s hometown and Gally and his men escaped and tried to take revenge on Luffy. Luffy frightened them when they learned he is a rubber man and they ran away afterwards. Luffy was then tied up by the townspeople, who thought he was Gally. Gally then took Luffy hostage and stole the town’s treasure. He then enraged Luffy by smashing his hat, and got Luffy thrown into the ocean. Luffy was then saved by Silk and used Gomu Gomu no Axe to destroy Gally’s ship. A livid Gally swore revenge.

Gally was seen years later as a crew-member aboard Luffy’s pirate ship, and told him that land had been spotted. It seemed that his encounter with Luffy changed him from a Morganeer pirate to a Peace Maine since Luffy said he wanted a crew made up of only Peace Maines, thus turning over a new leaf.

Translation and Dub Issues

Gally’s name was originally romanized as Jolly by VIZ Media, in a short blurb summarizing Romance Dawn, Version 1. Later, Viz’s full translation of the one-shot re-romanized it as Gary.

On the other hand, the Funimation anime refers to him as Gally the Crescent.


  • In the original Romance Dawn one-shot, Gally is aiming to become one of the “Best 3” (ベスト3スリー, Besuto Surī?). This term and concept of a group of famous individual pirate captains, appears to be a prototype for the Four Emperors that appears in the manga and anime proper. In the Romance Dawn Story OVA retelling, Gally’s line about the “Best 3” has been dropped.
  • His crescent-shaped mustache is shared by Whitebeard in the final storyline.
  • A pirate that looks like Poppoko from the Alvida Pirates appears as one of Gally’s crew members in the first version of Romance Dawn.
  • In the Romance Dawn story, Luffy was mistaken for Gally. In the anime, Gally is mistaken for Luffy.
  • The anime implies—without stating outright—that Gally is the captain Koze and Packy were trying to avenge by attacking Tashigi. While this does not contradict the manga in itself, it should be noted that the debatably-canon Loguetown novel instead names this captain as Billy the Orca-Killer.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 One Piece Anime — Episode 48, Gally is defeated by Smoker, in an anime-exclusive part of the Loguetown Arc—technically his first appearance in any material officially titled One Piece.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 902 and Episode 877, Gally appears on the Baratie.
  3. 3.0 3.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 91 (p. 158), Oda confirms the Baratie customer in Chapter 902 is in fact Romance Dawn’s Gally.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 One Piece OVA — Romance Dawn Story, Gally is re-imagined for an anime special.
  5. One Piece Movie — Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura, Gally’s wanted poster is shown alongside many others.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Romance Dawn, Version 1, Gally debuts in Romance Dawn, the one-shot eventually refined into One Piece.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 1 (p. 208), The Viz translation of Volume 1 features a short section titled The Making of One Piece, summarizing both Romance Dawn prototypes.

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