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[[caption-width-right:200:[[ChekhovsBoomerang ODA NEVER FORGETS.]]]]

The creator of the long-running {{Shonen}} {{Manga}} ''Franchise/OnePiece'', which is over seven hundred chapters in length and still going strong. Noted for his unusual art style and eccentric and imaginative character designs.

Something of a manga prodigy, he won several awards with his manga ''[[Manga/OnePieceWanted Wanted!]]'' at the age of seventeen. This landed him a job at Shonen Jump despite his young age, but he worked only as an assistant at first; it was five years before he began a series of his own, but even then he started ''One Piece'' at the ImprobableAge of 22. Despite having been in the industry for half his life, he is still known for having a fanboyish love of manga in general, especially ''Franchise/DragonBall''. His playful approach to his work has won him a lot of fans.

He also worked as an assistant on ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''.

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!!Tropes associated with Oda:

* AuthorAppeal:
** Crossdressers. In the character design notes for ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', NobuhiroWatsuki says that Kamatari, a crossdressing character, was inspired by one of his assistants suggesting a character based on the pun, an "okama with a kama", or a "crossdresser with a scythe". Although the assistant is not named, because of this trope, everybody guessed that this assistant was Eiichiro Oda. In a later interview, Nobuhiro Watsuki confirmed that [[IKnewIt this guess was true]]. Watsuki explains that Oda's original concept for Kamatari was a masculine looking crossdresser with effeminate mannerisms like the crossdressers in ''One Piece'' (Mr. 2 anyone?), but Watsuki had trouble drawing such a character and ended up making Kamatari [[DudeLooksLikeALady a pretty crossdresser]].
** [[FunnyAfro Af]][[AfroAsskicker ros.]]
** Sunglasses are possibly a new appeal of his. Several characters suddenly wear sunglasses in their post-TimeSkip design (Robin, Smoker, Pappug), and the same goes for unusually many of the recently introduced characters (though several of the "older" characters also have sunglasses). However, a reason for this may also be that the characters are drawn with sunglasses because it hides their eyes, and if he doesn't have to think of new types of eyes for every new character design, the CastOfSnowflakes tendency is easier to retain (or at least he can trick the readers into thinking it is always retained).
** Animals. Though according to himself, it's not as much that he loves animals, he just loves drawing them. That said, Oda is hardly an animal hater with how a noteworthy lot of the named characters in One Piece are animals (mostly minor characters, but also a couple majors and one main character), and random animals are featured on 99 % of all title pages (except for the canon cover stories).
** Absurdly proportioned characters. There's no shortage of massive/tall humans that tower over people, let alone actual giants.
* ArtEvolution: His art progressively became less cartoony, character designs (especially his women) are now more diverse, and his panel settings are also more detailed.
* BrilliantButLazy: He says he became a manga artist because they "don't have to do a real job", and that if he were an animal it would be a sloth ("[[SeriousBusiness that means serious business]]").
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Aside from many characters from his works, Oda himself is one- one of his earliest works is just about one of the silliest creations in the world of manga and anime (not helped by the fact that ItRunsOnNonsensoleum), but it's been going strong for 15 years and is an excellent example of creating an epic by use of a [[ChekhovsGun strong story continuation]], well-developed settings and characters, and most of all, [[WorldOfHam truckloads of unrepressed emotion]].
* CastOfSnowflakes: Indisputably a master of this trope, especially as ''One Piece'' went into its later years. He ''may'' be starting to slack a bit off on this tendency recently by drawing sunglasses on the characters (check the entry of AuthorAppeal above), but even if he is, he is still much better than most of his mangaka peers.
* ChekhovsGunman: Flip to a page in One Piece, any page. You see that funky looking character in the background? He/She is going to be important later. Brook's introduction was cut out of the original One Piece english dub because the dubbing company assumed it was filler.
* CreatorBreakdown:
** It's speculated that his anxiety over his wife Chiaki's pregnancy was what inspired [[spoiler: the deal with Ace's MissingMom Rouge]].
** On a more humorous note, it's been joked (and outright stated) by the anime staff that the reason the amount of FanService spiked upward was because of Oda getting married and being horny for his ''very attractive'' wife (a well-known ex-CosplayOtakuGirl) all the time, to the displeasure of fans who liked the general lack of such things in the manga early on. For a guy who prefers not emphasizing romance that's not an obvious huge joke in his stories, he sure is a massive softie for his family.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Oda [[http://www.kdramastars.com/articles/33654/20140818/one-piece-ending-spoilers.htm reportedly]] divulged the ending of ''One Piece'' to a child dying of lung cancer.
* {{Gonk}}: Of all shapes and sizes. No, not Oda himself.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Many of Oda's SBS answers to questions about how things work in the series. And many of the in-universe explanations, for that matter. How does Zorro talk with a sword in his mouth? His heart does the talking for him.
* NamesTheSame: Why he's apparently a fan of UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga.
* OneOfUs: A huge fan of ''Franchise/DragonBall'', ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'', Creator/TimBurton and {{Eminem}}? Not to mention marrying a super fine CosplayOtakuGirl, which must be the dream of every geek. He's also a fan of Creator/QuentinTarantino? His fannishness winds up in his manga, too: one of the major villains, Enel, is visually based on Eminem, the Admirals are each based on a Japanese actor, Ivankov is based on [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Dr. Frank-N-Furter]], and of course ''[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]'' Bark. As for main crew members, Brook is based heavily on Michael Jackson and [[Music/GunsNRoses Slash]] ([[IThoughtItMeant not that]] [[SlashFic kind]]), and Franky was originally inspired by JimCarrey, especially as Film/AceVentura.
* ThePerfectionist: At least what his interviews give away. He wonít allow his assistants to draw anything that moves since it may result in an art shift. Check. He writes a movie script, and after that starts from scratch since he isnít satisfied with it and delays the whole production because of it. The end result? ''[[Anime/OnePieceStrongWorld Strong World.]]'' Check. Additionally, there are several breaks around the year when a new chapter won't appear in Jump and the explanation is always "The author doing research".
* PromotedFanboy: A fan of shonen fighting manga is now one of the biggest names in the business.
* TheRival: Sees the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' series as this in the anime, since his children love the show more than ''One Piece''. He declares that he'll take down ''Pretty Cure''.
** Also, to ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''.
* ThatRussianSquatDance: He was once asked about his daily routine, and represented it as a circular graphic: most of the time was occupied by "Cossack Dance".
* ShoutOut:
** A lot to ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', and to soccer.
** There's even a shout out to his shout-outs: his love of soccer is spoofed in one of the theatrical shorts, which has a character named "Odacchi" whose head sports a soccer ball pattern and is voiced by Oda himself.
* ShrugOfGod: {{Inverted|Trope}}. It doesn't matter what the question is, Oda has an answer. No matter how crazy it seems. Or [[PowerPerversionPotential how perverted the question is]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When asked why a door that was broken in one scene was intact soon after, he claimed a carpenter appeared off-screen and fixed it, and it certainly wasn't a mistake.
* VoodooShark: His answers generally lead to more questions. Which then lead to awesome answers, including those to questions you didn't even know you had.

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