Date: 6/1/10
By: Gee Rahadian
Red-Haired Pirate Crew
(Known) Crew members: Red-haired Shanks, Benn Beckman, Lucky Roux, Yassop, Rockstar
(Known) Bounties: Rockstar 94,000,000 beli
First appearances: Chapter 1 (Shanks, Beckman, Roux, Yassop), Chapter 234 (Rockstar)

The Red-Haired Pirates are the first pirate crew Luffy meets in the series when they dock at his hometown. An extremely friendly bunch of pirates, they are seen partying and drinking and generally having a good time. This fun-loving and adventurous attitude the crew have, along with the captaincy of Red-haired Shanks is what ultimately inspires Luffy to start his own pirate crew. Luffy is heavily influenced by Shanks ideals of friendship and his easygoing outlook, and this can be seen in his actions later in the series. The crew themselves are thought to be extremely powerful, as Shanks is one of the Yonkou, four Captains of pirate crews who rule the second half of Grand Line like emperors. Their newest and least known member, Rockstar, has a bounty of 94,000,000 beli, which must say something about the older members of the crew and Shanks himself. Other crewmembers include Usopps father, Yassop, a master sniper and sharpshooter. His membership in Shanks crew also provides Usopp with a source of inspiration to be a pirate, much like Shanks to Luffy. Benn Beckman is thought to be Shanks first mate, and also uses a rifle. In the little appearances he has had, he is very rational and wise, as well as loyal to his captain. One other recurring member in the Red-haired Shanks Crew is Lucky Roux, a fat man usually seen eating something. The history of the Red-Haired Pirate Crew lies in Shanks past. Shanks was a trainee of Gold Roger along with Buggy the clown, and the two often fought and argued. Shanks dreamed of starting his own crew and having lots of adventures because of the inspiration of Gold Roger, much like the impact Shanks had on Luffy. Shanks had since become an accomplished swordsman, said to have been on an equal level of skill as Mihawk, as the two apparently sparred regularly when they were younger. Sadly, Shanks lost his arm to save Luffy out at sea, and Mihawk has since lost interest in his abilities. In the Red-Haired Pirates most recent appearance, they had made contact with Whitebeards crew (another of the Yonkou) and Shanks made negotiations with Whitebeard concerning Blackbeard and Ace. The negotiations broke down however, and Shanks and Whitebeard clashed swords. This clash parted the skies, a testament to the immense power of the two captains.
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