Yonko and the Marines, 2 of the 3 Great Powers of the World. Let’s compare the main battle force of the Marines, the Admirals, with the Yonko. There have been a lot of debates on this topic so let’s find out which side is stronger.
Let’s start with the Yonko
The Yonko (Four Emperors) are the four most notorious and most powerful pirate captains in the world, but are neither allies nor enemies of one another, preferring to remain autonomous under most circumstances. These four individually reside within the second half of the Grand Line (known as the “New World”), exerting impressive influence and control over dozens of other pirate crews and self-governing islands.
Abilities and Powers
„A threat…a demand…when issued by one with absolute, overwhelming power becomes simply inevitable fate…after all, who could possibly oppose it? That is the existence known as the Yonko! And this is what it means to be driven to your very wit’s end…!” – Pekoms on the scope of the Yonko’s power.
As an entity, the Yonko are one of the Three Great Powers of the world, the others being the Shichibukai and Marines. Their strength and influence are such that they live quite literally as though they are emperors, doing mostly as they please. Individually, they are considered to be the most powerful pirates in the world, as well as having a powerful crew.
It is only with the combined efforts of the Marines and the Shichibukai, as well as the distrust among them, that keeps their power in check. During the Battle of Marineford, the Marines and Shichibukai needed to fight together just to engage one of the Yonko, Whitebeard, and his crew. The arrival of a second Yonko, Shanks, immediately brought an end to hostilities, showing the power and influence they have without engaging in combat.
The Yonko themselves are not allied together as a coalition compared to the Shichibukai and follow their own individual paths. The possibility of two or more of the Yonko forming an alliance is enough of a threat to cause the World Government to panic, as seen when the World Government attempted unsuccessfully to prevent a meeting between Shanks and Whitebeard at one point in the series. The World Government feared that the two Yonko may unite together and create a stronger threat. A war between two of the Yonko is considered a terrifying crisis, as Shanks’ interception of Kaido’s advancement on Whitebeard had taken the Marines by shock and awe, putting the World Government in a “cold sweat” as stated by one of the Marines.