McKinley

McKinley

McKinley is a member of God’s Guards (previously known as the White Berets), Skypiea’s police force. He initially serves as a minor antagonist in the Skypiea Arc, but later becomes an (indirect) ally to the Straw Hat Pirates.

Appearance

McKinley is a tall, well-built Skypiean man who bears the typical wings, as well as a small scar under his left eye. He wears the standard White Beret uniform, consisting of the namesake beret, a short-sleeved shirt, cloud-patterned flared-hip jodhpurs, and black boots; his rank is distinguished by a cape-like overcoat, similar to those worn by pirate and Marine captains.

Post-timeskip, he has grown a goatee, and parts of his uniform now bear the letters “GG” (presumably standing for God’s Guards).

Personality

He appears to be very devoted to Enel, until it is revealed that Enel planned to destroy Skypiea with his Devil Fruit powers.

McKinley then reveals that he only did everything Enel commanded in order to ensure the safety of the citizens of Sky Island showing his love for his nation. McKinley, along with the rest of the White Berets, then leave Enel’s side and choose to help Conis evacuate the Skypiean people.

Abilities and Powers

As the captain of the White Berets, McKinley has authority over the group. He also possesses good skills as a commander, as seen when he managed to coordinate the operation to evacuate Angel Island.

History

Skypiea Arc

When the Straw Hat Pirates entered Skypiea without paying the official entry toll, Amazon quickly informed McKinley (as well as God’s Army). Given a photograph of the crew, McKinley assembled a small troop to warn the residents of Angel Island about these new criminals, then traced them to Conis and Pagaya’s home at Angel Beach.

Initially, McKinley simply ordered the Straw Hats to pay Skypiea’s standard fine for toll-dodging (in their case amounting to 70,000,000,000, or 7,000,000). Tensions worsened when he noticed the Waver they had salvaged from the St. Briss, and began suspecting them of damaging and/or stealing it. When told about the fine, Nami immediately lost her temper and ran McKinley over with Pagaya’s waver.

After he got up, he charged the Straw Hats as “Class-5” criminals, punishable by Cloud Drifting. Then he ordered his men to attack. The entire troop were easily beaten by Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji.

He was seen later watching Conis, warning the people in Skypiea to evacuate the island as soon as possible because their ‘God’, Enel was planning on killing them all. The citizens did not listen to Conis and a kid even threw a tomato on her.

McKinley was the only one who believed her and ordered the people on the island to pack up their things immediately and leave.

Fish-Man Island Saga

From the Decks of the World

Two years after the Straw Hats’ departure, McKinley has remained captain of the White Berets (which appear to have been integrated into God’s Guards). is seen sitting with Pagaya and eating a bowl of pumpkin noodles at the Pumpkin Cafe.

Wano Country Saga


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


One Piece: Stampede

He was interested in a stand ran by a gorilla at the Pirates Festival.


Concludes non-canon section.


Anime and Manga Differences

Originally in the manga, McKinley’s initial interactions with the Straw Hats are when he comes to deal with them are relatively short. Basically, he fines the Straw Hats, gets hit by Nami with a waver, sends his men after the Straw Hats, and then sentences them to be judged by Enel’s judges. In the anime; however, the interactions are expanded on with additional scenes:

In the anime, after he fines the Straw Hats with the first two charges of trespassing into Skypiea and having the broken waver, Usopp and the rest of the Straw Hats attempt to get on his good side by doing relatively innocent and unimportant things. However, no matter what they do, McKinley repeatedly fines them with several more charges as the things they do one after another are apparently against the law. As the number of fines are increased, Nami then comes onto the scene and hits McKinley with a waver.

Instead of being propelled into the bushes by the impact as was originally depicted by in the manga, McKinley is instead propelled into a wall and completely knocked out by Nami and is then escorted by his men to Conis’ house where he receives some medical treatment. McKinley, however, sees through Conis and Pagaya’s attempts to stall the White Berets and apprehends the two.

He and his men then go back down to Angel Beach where he orders them to attack the Straw Hats. He along with most of his men however are defeated by Luffy and it is then he when is sent flying off to some bushes. From there he then proceeds to sentence the Straw Hats as he normally did in the manga.

Merchandise

Video Games

Non-Playable Appearances

  • One Piece: Unlimited Adventure

Trivia

  • He is possibly named after the mountain Denali (officially named Mount McKinley throughout most of One Piece’s publication), generally acknowledged as the tallest mountain in North America. The Japanese Alpine Club has been known to periodically install and replace weather-station probes on this peak since 1990.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 26 Chapter 241 (p. 17) and Episode 155, McKinley debuts and is introduced.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 66 Chapter 647, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 30, McKinley is seen after the timeskip of two years.
  3. One Piece Movie — One Piece: Stampede.
  4. One Piece Anime — Episode 156, McKinley’s initial interactions with the Straw Hats are expanded with additional scenes.

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