General Yonkou thread...
Just putting somethings out for discussion
It's interesting that Garp chose the word "influential" in describing their power. Look at Whitebeard and how he perceives his crew; the "wrath of Whitebeard" with anyone who wrongs anyone of his crew will receive the consequences. Which pirate wouldn't want that protective feel? And Shanks seems to express a similar vibe. It makes me wonder how the other Yonkou are to be like.
I wonder about other things concerning the last two yonkou as well (I do believe another will be revealed soon considering the Strawhat's status now), I wonder about Oda research. I am grateful for this forum because references such as Olivier Levasseur (ties with Gol D. Roger's final words), Davy Jones, Edward Teach, and other scattered name meanings have been presented thanks to the researchers here.
I look at "Red Hair" Shanks and see Eric the Red. Considering Oda's primary instigation for creating the One Piece world was from vikings, I can see how Shanks (possibly built from viking suggestions) is the most influential character to Luffy. Though I can't find a picture of the "Red Hair" ship, from the time I last saw it, it reminds me of the viking themed boats. And another thing to point out was how Eric the Red did touch down on the New World (the 2nd half of the Grandline in One Piece terms, the Americas in history), but if my memory serves me right, it was near the north-north-east coast of North America; Canada somewhere.
With Whitebeard, I feel that was mostly built along with Blackbeard. Most of the fandom knows that Oda split the historical pirate name (Edward Teach) to provide for the names Edward Newgate and for Marshal D. Teach. And throughout the story, roughly since their debuts, Blackbeard has been a particular challenge for Whitebeard (defeating 2 of his 4 officials).
It is Oda's story, so these character inspirations are subjective to him. Yet I wonder if popular seafaring icons such as Sinbad or Odysseus will be apart of it all.
I think he is well aware of Sinbad just from this one snippet of info from a Romance Dawn edition
Roc. Or rukh. A large bird with talons said to carry away elephants as prey. I can see how Oda reached the idea of it being confused for an ostrich, but it's not about that. The roc is a great bird in one of the 7 voyage stories of Sinbad. The Ryuuma incident pops up in my head when thinking of this.
Though Sinbad isn't historically precise as much as other pirate inspired characters, there is Aruj, later to known as Barbarossa (lit. Redbeard in Italian) and his brother as well.
That Barbarossa name should sound familiar not because of Pirates of the Caribbean, but of the Alabasta filler character:
I know Oda won't use a filler character. Reading on the Barbarossa brothers' biographies, I would like to see how Oda would play with this.
As for Odysseus, I didn't anything that can allude to him being in it. Both Sinbad and Odysseus were very cunning as some of the more higher-food-chain pirates in One Piece are. They could be any of the two pirates up there next to Shanks and Whitebeard. It could be Kaidou, one who beat Moria in the New World. It could be...
...one of them.
P.S. - Do you think we will see who trained Ace and Luffy considering Ace's defeat?
Most likely a Marine, no?