Japanese Name: エドワード・二ューゲート
Romanized Name: Edowādo Nyūgēto
English Name: Edward Newgate (Viz, FUNimation); Ward Newgate (4Kids)
First Appearance: Chapter 234; Episode 151
Affiliations: Whitebeard Pirates (former), Yonko (former)
Occupations: Pirate; Captain
"The Strongest Man in the World";
Man closest to One Piece
Japanese VA: Kinryū Arimoto
Funi English VA: R. Bruce Elliott
Age: 72 (deceased)
Birthday: April 6
Bounty: Former bounty unknown
Japanese Name: Gura Gura no Mi
English Name: Tremor-Tremor Fruit
Meaning: Sound of earthquake rumbling
Edward Newgate (エドワード・二ューゲート Edowādo Nyūgēto?), more commonly known as Whitebeard (白ひげ Shirohige?), the captain of the Whitebeard Pirates, was known as the ""Man closest to One Piece" ("ひとつなぎの大秘宝"に最も近い男 Wan Pīsu ni mottomo chikai otoko?)" as well as "The Strongest Man in the World" (世界最強の男 Sekai Saikyō no Otoko?) after Gol D. Roger's death and was a member of the Yonko that ruled over the New World until his death during the Battle of Marineford.
In his younger days, he had no scars on his chest, donned an open vest, and his trademark mustache was nonexistent. Later in his life, he grew the prominent crescent-shaped mustache, which would spawn his epithet, "Whitebeard". When he was 52, he wore a blue and yellow pirate hat with his jolly roger on it over a black bandana with black and red, both worn over long, blond flowing hair he had back then.
Whitebeard was an abnormally large human, roughly three times the size of a normal human. Unlike other large-sized humans, however, he was well-proportioned. He had a long face, ploughed because of the advanced age with many wrinkles around his eyes, and was very muscular. The muscles on his biceps in particular seemed to grow bigger whenever he used his quake-based powers. He had many scars running along his chest; one, in particular, he got from Roger. Like all of his men, he had his own Jolly Roger tattooed on his back. In the anime, his eye color is seen to be yellow.
He wore a black bandanna around his head and adorned himself with a white captain's coat which hung loosely from his broad shoulders and bore his Jolly Roger symbol. He was always seen bare-chested, and wore light, loose pants tucked inside his large black boots, and a dark pirate sash around his waist. While not in battle, Whitebeard was typically on oxygen and attached to several medical sensor machines, due to health issues concerning his age.
In the manga, after Akainu blasted off a portion of his face, Whitebeard lost his left eye and the left side of his mustache (this was changed to just losing the left side of his mustache in the anime) as well as a massive hole in his torso (a second, bigger hole in the stomach was also dealt by Akainu in the anime). However, for the entire 72 years that he lived, he had never once received a wound on his back because he never ran away from his battles.