"Gold" Roger, real name Gol D. Roger, was a legendary pirate who lived twenty-two years ago. As a member of the Family of D bloodline, Roger conquered the Grand Line, while amassing a vast fortune, as he became known as the King of the Pirates. But Roger knew that he would soon die from an incurable disease, and disbanded his crew before turning himself in to be executed, while asking Monkey D. Garp to care for his son Portgas D. Ace.
The World Government intended to have Roger be publically executed to discourage piracy, but his last words has the opposite impact. He stated that the next King of the Pirates would be the one who finds the concealed island of Raftel and acquires his legendary treasure One Piece. This started a new age of piracy.
Powers and Stats
Name: Gol D. Roger, also called "Gold Roger" and "Pirate King"
Origin: One Piece
Age: 53 at time of death
Classification: Human, Former Captain of the Roger Pirates, Former Pirate King
Speed: At least Massively Hypersonic via power-scaling
Lifting Strength: Class T (As strong as Whitebeard)
Striking Strength: Country Class
Stamina: Extremely large, given that two characters weaker than him were able to continuously battle one another for ten days
Range: Extended melee range with sword; further with pistol
Standard Equipment: His saber and a flintlock pistol
Intelligence: Profoundly accomplished and battle-hardened fighter with extensive combat experience (was a pirate for more than 20 years, during which time he frequently fought with Whitebeard and clashed with Garp and Shiki), capable leader with knowledge of naval warfare
Weaknesses: None Notable