Dracule "Hawk-Eyes" Mihawk is one of the most powerful characters in One Piece. Mihawk made his appearance very early on in the series. The first time we saw him was when he chased after Don Krieg's pirate fleet. And how can we forget the time when Mihawk defeated Zoro with a cutlery knife. He wields the all-black blade known as, Yoru. Mihawk has the epithet of the "World's Strongest Swordsman." He was a member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea before it was dissolved.
Mihawk is an enigmatic character as he has no crew and he travels throughout the world in search of strong opponents. He used to be the rival of Shanks, who is one of the Yonkou. One might think that Mihawk is really undefeatable, but that isn't actually the case.
10 Can't Beat: Charlotte Linlin
Charlotte Linlin or Big Mom is one of the four Yonkou of the sea. She is the ruler of Totto Land and the main antagonist of Whole Cake Island. Big Mom possesses all three types of Haki. Before the Straw Hats came to Whole Cake Island, Big Mom had never been scratched.
Big Mom has the Soru-Soru no Mi that allows her to take the life of her enemies. She also possesses a sword called Napoleon. We saw how terrifying Big Mom can be with her power and there is no way that Mihawk can beat her.
9 Can Beat: Roronoa Zoro
Roronoa Zoro is one of the main fighters of Straw Hat Pirates. He wields three swords— Wado Ichimonji, Enma, and Sandai Kitetsu. He is very proficient in using Armament Haki. Zoro dreams of becoming the "World's Strongest Swordsman," and to do that he needs to defeat Dracule Mihawk.
Zoro has already faced Mihawk once and that was in East Blue. No one can forget the humiliation that Zoro suffered in the fight. If they were to fight again, Mihawk would still come out on top because Zoro is still not on that level.
8 Can't Beat: Shanks
"Red Hair" Shanks used to be the rival of Dracule Mihawk, but after Shanks lost his arm Mihawk lost the interest to duel with him. It is said that their battles shook the entire Grand Line. Shanks is the youngest of the four Yonkou. He has all three types of Haki.
Over the years, Shanks has grown into one of the most powerful people in One Piece. Even if he has one arm less, it hasn't hindered his progress at all. Shanks has managed to surpass Mihawk, and he is perfectly capable of beating him.
7 Can Beat: Vista
"Flower Sword" Vista is the 5th Division Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates. Vista was present during the Paramount War. Vista uses a pair of sabers to fight. He is able to produce flower petals while fighting. It is unclear whether Vista is a devil fruit user or not.
At Marineford, Vista clashed with Mihawk, but their fight was cut short due to the intervention of the Pacifista. He was able to deflect Mihawk's attacks, which is a pretty admirable feat. His skill was acknowledged by Mihawk. However, Mihawk is on another level compared to Vista.
6 Can't Beat: Akainu
Akainu is the current Fleet Admiral of the Marines. He has the Magu-Magu no Mi, which is a logia type devil fruit. Akainu is among the strongest characters in One Piece. He has displayed countless feats of strength throughout the series. Akainu believes in "Absolute Justice."
So, he is not willing to even reconsider killing any pirate or even Marines that dare to stand in his way. Akainu has a dogged devotion to making the seas free of pirates. He tanked several blows from Whitebeard and even burnt half of his face. The fight between Mihawk and Akainu would end in ignominy for the former Warlord.
5 Can Beat: Silvers Rayleigh
Silvers Rayleigh was the first mate of the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. Rayleigh is one of the most wanted people in the world. A big testament to his power is that a Navy Admiral, Kizaru, felt that capturing Rayleigh would take more than just an Admiral.
Rayleigh has all three types of Haki, and he knows how to use Advanced Armament and Observation Haki. He also has a sword and fought Kizaru with it. Mihawk will face an extremely difficult test in Rayleigh, but it seems that Mihawk has got what it takes to bring down Rayleigh.
4 Can't Beat: Kaido
Kaido is one of the Four Emperors of the sea. He is considered the "Strongest Creature Alive." He is the captain of the Beast Pirates. Kaido rules the land of Wano along with his aide, Kurozumi Orochi. Kaido's devil fruit allows him to turn into a dragon. In this form, he can blow away entire mountains with his attacks.
Kaido has only been damaged once, and that was with Enma, and the person to do so was Kozuki Oden. Kaido was able to one-shot Luffy and that speaks volumes about his power. Kaido will stomp over Mihawk.
3 Can Beat: Fujitora
Fujitora is one of the Navy's strongest fighters. He has the Zushi-Zushi no Mi that allows him to manipulate gravity. He was called a "monster" by Donquixote Doflamingo. Fujitora made his appearance at Dressrosa. He fought against Sabo, who is one of the top fighters in the Revolutionary Army.
Fujitora also fought Luffy at Dressrosa, and he could have easily beaten him. Later, he clashed against Jack, who was trying to free Doflamingo. Fujitora has some really impressive feats to his name, but it doesn't seem sufficient to beat the World's Strongest Swordsman.
2 Can't Beat: Whitebeard
Edward Newgate or Whitebeard used to be one of the Yonkou. He was known as the "Strongest Man Alive." He possessed the Gura-Gura no Mi that allowed him to create quakes. Whitebeard was considered to have enough power to destroy the entire world. He is one of the few pirates who are respected throughout the world.
According to Buggy, Whitebeard was the only person who was capable of standing up to his captain, Gol D. Roger. Also, Mihawk clearly stated that there was a difference in his and Whitebeard's power. So, if they would have fought Whitebeard would just overkill.
1 Can Beat: Shiryu
The last character on our list is, Shiryu. Shiryu is a member of the Blackbeard Pirates. He was a head jailer of Impel Down, but he was imprisoned by Magellan due to his excessive violence towards prisoners. Shiryu was set was free by Magellan during Luffy's rampage in Impel Down.
Shiryu betrayed Magellan and joined forces with Blackbeard. He is the current user of Suke-Suke no Mi, and he obtained it after his crew killed Absalom. Shiryu uses a nodachi called Raiu in battle. Shiryu has grown in power, but Mihawk still holds the upper hand.