|“||It's still too early for you to die. My name is Dracule Mihawk! Discover your true self, the true world, become stronger! However long it may take, I shall await you at the top. Surpass this sword! Surpass me! Roronoa Zoro!!!||„|
|~ Mihawk's challenge to Zoro|
However, despite his antagonistic role in Marineford Arc, Mihawk is not overall villainous like some of other members or former members from Seven Warlords, like Donquixote Doflamingo and Gekko Moriah. Mihawk was purely neutral. He did not fight for right or wrong, good or evil, but merely acting in his own good side. Mihawk also shows curiosity for the people he decides to attack. He attempted to strike Whitebeard just to see what the power distance between himself and Whitebeard was. He also attacked Luffy just to see if fate is on Luffy's side or not.
As a result, Mihawk is very analytical about others' abilities, and can recognize strengths that others may not, such as when he understood that Luffy's natural charisma and quick amassing of comrades is his most dangerous attribute.