Awesome / One Piece
"I'm going to save you even if it kills me!"

Ah, One Piece, a series in the high seas where physics are ignored unless they add to the awesomeness; what, with the Pirates and World Government clashing with one another constantly. It's the number one best selling manga for a reason. It won't be easy listing all of the hardcore moments this series brought us, but we'll sure as hell try.

Note: Similar to the Tear Jerker page, songs like "Facing 3 Admirals", "Overtaken", "Shuraiya vs. Needles", "Sanji vs Captain Honki" and "Spirited Swordsman Zoro", among others, are practically Awesome Moments in music form. Play songs like those to intensify the effect.

WARNING: All spoilers for the series in the Super Rookies Era will be unmarked.
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Super Rookies Era

    East Blue Saga 
Romance Dawn Arc
  • For Shanks, the whole saving-Luffy-as-a-child thing complete with LOSING HIS ARM to a sea king and then scaring it away with a GLARE.note 
    • What really makes that scene is Shanks telling Luffy, "It's just an arm."
    • The image may be the header for the show's Tear Jerker section, but this is most certainly one of the most awesome and badass moments of the initial arc. Pretty heartwarming, too.
  • One minor, but noteworthy thing: Lucky Roo is the very first person to score a kill in the entire story.
  • Coby's first Moment of Awesome, which occurred in the very first episode by telling off his boss:
    Coby: You're the most... ugliest thing on the sea!! [...] I'm leaving and I'm gonna join the Marines! Then I'm going to spend the rest of my life beating up dirty pirates like you. [...] I'm gonna do what I want. And no one's gonna stop me! And when I join the Marines, [...] I'm gonna catch your lousy ass first!!
    • He gets another one when he sees Luffy and Zoro off after they defeat Morgan. He salutes them in respect, and then suddenly, from right behind Coby, all of the Marines Luffy and Zoro just liberated from Morgan join in the group salute. Let's think about this: Marines are saluting pirates. This is so far the only time the Marines ever gave such a form of respect to Luffy and his crew.
      • You've got to love what comes immediately after. The commanding officer tells Coby that "you've got a good friend there." He then promptly turns around and tells the other marines that, because saluting pirates is really bad for a marine, they all have to go without food for three days. Response? "YES SIR!"
  • How about the fact that Luffy recruited Zoro at the execution platform? Either Zoro was going to remain a civilian and die, or join Luffy and become a criminal. He chose the latter.
    Zoro: You must be demon spawn...But I'm not ready to die without a fight! All right, dammit! You've got yourself a pirate!!
  • How about that first Gum Gum Pistol? Still so satisfying to watch.
  • The amazing teamwork between Luffy and Zoro for their first team-up. There was no heads up or warning from Luffy for Zoro to attack Morgan while Luffy took out Helmeppo. Luffy entirely trusted Zoro to watch his back.
    Luffy: Nice, Zoro.
    Zoro: Leave it to me, Captain.

Orange Town Arc
  • When fighting Buggy the Clown's second mate, after cutting open his own wound to show what a Bad Ass he is, Zoro gets kicked around a bit by Cabaji. Finally, he complains that he's tired, knocks Cabaji off his unicycle, and, when Cabaji rushes him, Zoro takes him down with one strike. This is Zoro's second fight scene.
  • Buggy blowing up his own henchman with a cannon for making fun of his nose (or so he thought).
  • Luffy suplexed a lion. And then took out the lion tamer with one hit. All to make sure a dog gets some peace in its life.

Syrup Village Arc
  • Kuro effortlessly sneaking behind the rebelling Siam and Buchi and threatening to kill everyone if they can't get past Luffy and Zoro in the next five minutes.
  • Remember when Luffy was temporarily hypnotized? Yeah, not only did he effortlessly Gum Gum Gatling the other hypnotized Mooks, but he tore off the figurehead and part of the keel of Kuro's ship, easily three times his height and massive enough that the mooks did a Mass Oh Crap! when he threatened to swing it at them. And let me remind you that this is all the way back before he got to the Grand Line.
  • Usopp not hesitating to try and shoot Kuro point blank in the face with the pistol Kaya dropped to protect her. Kuro gets one in return for dodging that.
  • Luffy's Shut Up, Hannibal! to Kuro, telling him that in his eyes, Usopp will always be better than him.
  • Kuro deserves credit for putting up as good if not better of a fight as Buggy did without a Devil Fruit power of any sort.
  • Kuro's Lack of Empathy for even his own crew hits Luffy's Berserk Button, so what does Luffy do? Stand there taking his slashes until he gets an opening to grab Kuro and slam him down. Luffy then tells Kuro to his face he'll never be like him.
  • Usopp's 'crew' managing to give Jango a decent fight. They didn't win, but being able to take a grown pirate off guard and give him a few licks is impressive for three little kids.
  • Kaya having the guts to threaten to kill herself (and thus ruin Kuro's plans, as they need her alive to sign over her fortune to him) to protect Usopp's three friends.
  • Luffy defeating Kuro by grabbing him during his ultimate attack and wrapping him up with his rubber limbs to immobilize him before finishing him off with one serious headbutt. He then proceeds to give a Badass Boast to Kuro's crew before pretty much telling them 'take him, leave, and never come back'. They comply.
  • Zoro and Usopp defeating Jango, particularly with the team work: Zoro cuts just the right branch to clear up Usopp's shot, allowing him to nail Jango right in the face with a long range exploding shot.

Baratie Arc
  • Luffy's fight against Krieg. Krieg fires stakes at him, which he simply runs straight through, getting impaled, punches through Krieg's spiked cape to hit him in the face.
    • Breaking Krieg's exploding punching the dang thing over and over again, tanking all the explosions until it breaks.
    • Credit where it's due, Krieg No Selling Luffy's Gomu Gomu no Gatling, considering how many enemies have fallen to a version of that move.
    • As much of a Smug Snake Krieg is, he's the first Arc Villain to come genuinely close to killing Luffy, and would have if Sanji hadn't dove down to save him.
    • Luffy reversing Krieg's last ditch attempt to kill him into a super powered Flying Piledriver to finish him off.
  • The end of Zoro's first fight with Mihawk. First, he gets stabbed in the chest nearly to the heart with Mihawk's knife, but refuses to step back because he'd rather die than lose and break his promise. Then, he goes on to continue to fight Mihawk, only to have two of his three swords broken. He accepts his defeat and faces Mihawk so Mihawk can deliver the final blow to the front of his body because, "It's shameful for a swordsman to be hit from behind."
    • Chapter 51 against Mihawk. When preparing his Three Thousand Worlds technique, there is a bead of sweat by Mihawk's eye. It is true that Mihawk effortlessly defeated Zoro regardless, but it was at that moment that Mihawk saw that Zoro would be the one to surpass him.
    • His sheer determination also earned Mihawk's respect, to the point that Mihawk clearly wants Zoro to be the one to surpass him as the world's greatest swordsman someday. It helps that he's suffering from a serious case of Victory Is Boring disease.
  • Sanji kicking Fullbody's ass and then delivering a couplet "Offending a chef at sea, is one mistake you should never make. Especially when that chef is me, Sanji."
  • Krieg lifting the Mackerel Head (the Baratie's battleship) out of the water with one hand and tossing it towards the Baratie itself.
    • His true Moment of Awesome came when he opened fire on Hawkeye friggin' Mihawk. After the swordsman had cut his flagship to ribbons and easily taken out Zoro, he still had the cajones to fire at the man who could deflect bullets with his blade, without a moment's hesitation.
  • Mihawk attacking and giving chase to Don Krieg's massive crew of over 5,000, with his four inch knife, just because they disturbed his nap. He also sails the seas alone in a little raft. The same seas that are frequently described as being chock-full of freaky weather, (200 foot tall or more waves,) extremely powerful individuals, and giant monsters. Mihawk has more awesome crammed into him than most powerful crews have put together.
  • Gin being able to fight. He hasn't eaten in days except for what Sanji has given him, he was in a cell for 3 days and likely abused by the Marines who caught him... and yet he was still able to take out several marines, capture the experienced (albeit handicapped) Zeff and defeat Pearl with a single blow.

Arlong Park Arc
  • Sanji's cooking deserves a mention here. After all, it managed to hunger an ENORMOUS sea cow-monster to a crazed state from SEVERAL MILES AWAY and send said sea monster into a high speed pursuit after the Straw Hat's replacement ship (see Episode 31).
    • Sanji then proceeds to beat up said sea cow-monster (which is said to have destroyed an entire village) when it tries to eat him in addition to the food he'd offered it. He calls it 'exercise' afterwards.
    • Next time we see said monster, the Strawhats tied it up and use it to pull their ship to Arlong Park.
  • When Nami pretends to stab Usopp but really stabs her own hand. She was willing to take it that far to protect her friends.
  • Nami's adopted mother managing to blindside Arlong and shove a gun in his mouth. Had Bellemere known the full situation and just pulled the trigger, she'd likely have killed him then and there. Of course, then there's the fact that she chooses to die rather than abandon her children.
  • Luffy's sole reason for challenging Arlong was because the Shark-Captain made Nami cry... on top of being a jerk. He proceeds to demolish Arlong Park and curbstomps that arc's Big Bad through the remainder of the building.
    • That one also is for the crew as a whole. Luffy places his hat on Nami and walks off. He comes to the rest of the crew, calmly waiting, and simply says "Let's go." Everyone falls in line and follows him to Arlong Park, ready to fight for their friend.
  • Luffy introducing himself to Arlong. He smashes down the gate to Arlong Park, asks who's Arlong, then does a Slow Walk towards him. When two Fishmen try stopping him, he nonchalantly smacks their heads together without missing a beat. He then punches Arlong so hard he's sent flying into the wall of the place.
  • Zoro's fight with Hatchan.
    • First of all, Zoro was burning up with a fever and hampered by his previous injuries from Mihawk and yet he still fought. Arlong himself was shocked and amazed that he was still able to stand.
    • Then, he caught Johnny and Yosaku's swords that were thrown to him from behind.
    • When began punching apart a pillar and tried to have it fall on top of him. Zoro then gets up and pushes him into the path of the collapsing pillar, stating "why don't you take it yourself?" Sadly this doesn't happen in the anime.
    • And then, he dodged all six swords from Hatchan in close combat and while dodging, managed to cut Hatchan across the chest.
    • While a semi-conscious Zoro was tossed in the air, Hatchan began spinning his six swords like windmill, so that when Zoro fell back down, the rapidly spinning blades would slice him mercilessly. For a minute, it looked too late for Zoro to dodge them. Only for him to land safely to the ground, as he cut up Hatchan's hands in midair, spinning his body so that it matched the rotation of Hatchan's swords.
    • After the fight Arlong, probably the single largest human racist in the series, has a complete and utter belief that no human can ever match up to a fishman. Upon seeing the wounds Zoro had been fighting with, it took him all of three seconds to decide that he was too dangerous to be left alive. To put this into perspective: Arlong, the first true Big Bad of the series, was more afraid of the unconscious, half-dead swordsman than anyone else.
    • Zoro reminded Hatchan when they met again right before Sabaody that he wasn't able to touch him in their previous fight.
  • Sanji kicks Kuroobi's ass through Arlong Park, after taking the pain of fighting him underwater, and taking the pain of rapid water pressure increase crushing him.
    • "The chances of you surviving are... ZERO!" "COLLIER! You said my chivalry was naive? EPAULE! That I can't protect anyone, huh? COTELLE! SELLE! POITRINE! GIGOT! MUTTON SHOT! Guess you don't... need dessert."
    • How Sanji forced Kuroobi to the surface: realizing that while Fishmen can operate on both land and underwater, they switch between breathing air and breathing water. He promptly exhales his held breath directly into Kuroobi's gills, nearly drowning him.
  • After successfully deterring Arlong's henchman off his trail and coming up with all sorts of stories to tell his crewmates to excuse his escape, Usopp says to himself 'this is shameful', gets up and fights. It's the point where he turns away from being a true coward.
    • "What did you say was over?" "This fight! Did you know that grog burns?" Bad. Fucking. ASS.
    • Earlier on, Usopp is hiding while Arlong is about to kill a man for possessing a weapon. If the town does anything, Arlong will destroy it. Usopp has no reason to reveal himself...but he does anyway. By shooting Arlong right in the face with an explosive. Usopp is scared to death, knows going up against Arlong and his entire crew isn't something he's capable of...but does it anyway. The end result is both the man and the village living to see another day and Arlong having such a Villainous Breakdown his men have to forcibly drag him away.
  • Nami's taken down her share of bad guys, but certainly her most stylish moment was leaving her village...and stealing everyone's wallets in the process.
  • Arlong when, pissed off by Luffy's antics, his eyes go into a lizard-like state. He then proceeds to kick Luffy's ass around for a little while with a BFS (the "S" can stand for both "saw" and "sword").
  • Arlong and his his crew are arguably the first true opponents the Straw Hats faced that really challenged them. Buggy wasn't prepared for another Devil Fruit user, Kuro relied on manipulation and his crew, and Krieg relied too much on his weapons. Each of the fish-men is easily a match for the Straw Hats, requiring real struggle and skill to defeat them. Hell, Arlong was on the verge of killing Zoro before Luffy returned, and even then he put up a hell of a fight. He was the first one to really test Luffy at his own game.
  • One of the most amazing moments of the arc, and still one of the most bone-chillingly awesome moments of the series. Arlong and Luffy find themselves in the cartography room, where Arlong goes on a Motive Rant about how with Nami's help, he'll take over the world. The whole time, Luffy's just passively grunting while looking at the bloody pen. Finally Arlong puts his saw blade to Luffy's neck and asks if he can use Nami as well as he does. Luffy then drops the pen, grabs the blade, shatters it with his grip, and says "USE?!"

Loguetown Arc
  • During Loguetown, right before Buggy attempts to kill Luffy in front of a huge crowd of civilians, Buggy asks Luffy if he has any last words. He does, and declares that he'll become the pirate king at the top of his voice, stunning the civilians.
  • While out sword shopping Zoro is about to make a purchase, but is warned by the shopkeeper that that particular sword is cursed, as all who have wielded it in the past have met horrible deaths. Zoro proceeds to test out this curse in an awesome fashion by throwing it up into the air and seeing if it will come down on his arm blade-first. It doesn't. That's right, when Zoro goes sword shopping, he doesn't mess around.
    • The shopkeeper is so impressed by this badass display that he immediately apologizes for trying to cheat him earlier and gives him the best sword he has and the cursed sword for free.
  • Alvida has returned... as Ms. Fanservice? And she's mellow? Best. Devilfruit. EVER! Starter Villain be damned.

    Alabasta Saga 
Whiskey Peak Arc
  • The time where Zoro takes on the entire town by himself. Only to then have to fight Luffy.
  • Zoro's fight with 100 assassins at Whiskey Peak. He fights 100 different assassins and 4 Baroque Works agents. And with the assassins he not only has a massive laugh attack the whole time, but also easily breezes through all of them in the most badass way possible, for a chapter.
  • Mr. 9's Heroic Sacrifice to help Vivi escape. "Bye bye, baby."
    • We find out after the two-year time skip that he did indeed survive, as did Miss Monday, who performed a heroic sacrifice shortly afterwards. The two are currently living at Whiskey Peak, a married bounty hunter couple with a son.

Little Garden Arc
  • During the conclusion of the Little Garden arc, Mr. 5 (a bomb-man) is about to kill Usopp by detonating his entire body. Suddenly, Zoro leaps out, and defeats Mr. 5 with one attack. While on fire.
    • And right before that, when he was still trapped, he actually started to CUT HIS OWN FEET OFF to escape.
      Nami: How did you think you were going to escape after cutting off your feet?
      Zoro: You've got it wrong, I was cutting off my feet so I could fight them, not escape.
    • On top of that, while waiting for Luffy to come and free them from the wax, Zoro poses with his sword. Nami asks what is he doing and he replies with "In case we become candles, I have a nice pose."
  • It's not the most substantial arc in the world, but it's Usopp, and not Luffy, that ends up being the hero. Luffy's kick to Mr. 3's spinning candle of doom only managed to make things WORSE, in that it caused the wax to coat Zoro, Nami, and Vivi that much quicker. Not only this, but he also got himself snared by Miss Goldenweek's painting. Usopp, on the other hand, was the one who managed to exploit the wax's weakness by setting the whole thing on fire.
    • It actually took both of them working together. First, Usopp fires a Flame Star that the enemies think missed, but it was Exactly What I Aimed At; Usopp's shot burned off the Color Trap, freeing Luffy. He then, even while being squashed by Miss Valentine's Crescendo Stone, yells at Luffy to burn the rope he had Carue wrap around the wax because it's soaked in flammable oil, so Luffy grabs Mr. 3 by his flaming hair and does just that.
  • Despite not playing a big role in most of the arc, Sanji gets his at the end when he intercepts a call from Mr. 0, meant for Mr. 3, and after convincing Mr 0 that he (Sanji) is the real Mr. 3, manages to 1 con him into believing that the Straw Hats are dead (which protects the entire crew from further pursuit from BW while sailing to Alabasta), 2 defeat the Unluckies when they try to kill him on arrival, and 3 intercept their Eternal Pose to Alabasta, which allows the group to leave the island without delay.
  • Nami and Vivi easily achieve theirs in the Little Garden arc by finally taking out that laughing hyena Miss Valentine.
  • Luffy was facing Mr. 3, and he had many wax clones, bragging about how Luffy will never be able to hit him. Luffy hit the correct one, and knocked him out. When asked how he knew which one was real, Luffy's response? "Instinct." Apparently, even Luffy has class.

Drum Island Arc
  • There's when Luffy climbs a mountain... during a blizzard in freezing temperatures while having no ventilation... with his bare hands and feet... while carrying two of his crewmates, one of whom is in his teeth.
    • The Lapahns. And avalanches. And saving a little lapahn from an avalanche. And that the 'mountain' was a literal pillar hundreds of feet high with no handholds, and completely smoothed by gale force winds. Not to mention he is frostbitten to the point where his muscles were freezing. Not that wussy 'frost-bite' frozen, but frozen to the point of actually cracking apart.
    • Then taking a direct hit from a mortar shell defending Dr. Hiluluk's jolly roger from Wapol. Cue "Luffy Gets Angry" mode.
      Luffy: This flag isn't something you can break while laughing foolishly!
  • Luffy asking Dr. Kureha to save Nami and Sanji when he himself was on the verge of freezing to death after the above-mentioned mountain climb.
  • Chopper almost getting himself killed to get a plant he thought would save lives.
  • Chopper defeating two of Wapol's top men in 3 minutes.
  • Hiluluk. Oh God, Hiluluk- and it's made arguably more awesome by being his last words. "Sooner or later, I will die anyway. But a man does not die when he is shot. Nor does he die to disease, nor to eating a poison mushroom! He does not die due to a sword! A man dies when he is forgotten!"
    • It mirrors perfectly with Gold Roger's own death, right down to the philosophy on death.
    • Oh, and he goes out by drinking something that makes him explode. He may have been a quack, but he got style.
    • We later learn that Wapol's twenty doctors were so impressed they did a Heel–Face Turn just to not continue being outdone by a fake doctor.

Alabasta Arc
  • The final defeat of Sir Crocodile. He is punched through the solid stone roof of an underground chamber so hard a city block above him explodes. In the anime this happens while Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" 4th movement plays. The recap movie changes the exploding city block to Crocodile being propelled vertically through a massive tower and rocketing out the top.
  • Zoro's fight with Mr. 1. Come on, he had pity for the guy he couldn't defeat. Because when he would be able to do it, he was going to be the man capable of cutting steel.
  • Zoro tossing a BUILDING off of himself in Alabasta. He is a normal human with no special power other than raw badassery and more muscle than his looks give him credit. You should see his weight training regimen. When a swordsman regularly practices sword swings using a barbell bigger than him, you gotta realize the guy is Made of Iron.
  • Mr. Prince.
  • In his and Chopper's fight with Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas, Usopp takes a blow from a multi-ton metal bat. To the face. While being dragged at thirty miles an hour. And. Kept On. Fighting.
  • How about the speech he gave? An X-ray panel showed that is skull was shattered into pieces after taking that baseball bat. The same attack was also enough to put him in a body cast. And what did he do? He stood up, and he started talking. Then when he was done saying his piece, he used one attack to KO three enemies at once. If that's not Bad Ass, what IS?
    Usopp: LISTEN, CHOPPER! For a man...
    Miss Merry Christmas: It's about time you died, Long Nose! MOGURAZUKA HIGHWAY!
    Usopp: Even... E-Even if... h-he's about to die... Facing fierce enemies...
    Miss Merry Christmas: Off to Hell you go! MOGU MOGU IMPACT!
    Chopper: Usopp!
    Usopp: E-Even if... There's no way... he can beat the enemy...
    Miss Merry Christmas: Mr. 4! Quit standing there laughing like an idiot! You're up to bat! 4-ton Bat! Here we go! MOGURAZUKA YONBAN KOUSATEN!
    Chopper: USOPP!!
    Miss Merry Christmas: No matter what weaklings do, in the end they're still weak! Just look at him!
    Chopper: YOU JERKS! You...!
    Miss Merry Christmas: Eh? You want a piece of this? Bring it on. We're gonna off ya just like we did that Long Nose coward!
    Chopper: SHUT UP! Usopp... Usopp isn't a coward!
    Usopp: There is a time... ... when a man... ... will not run from a fight.
    Miss Merry Christmas: Wha-? You're still...!
    Usopp: That time is when his friend... When his friend's dreams... ... are laughed at!
  • Nami gets another one during her fight with Miss Doublefinger, where she has her foot impaled on a spike but says that the pain is nothing compared to Vivi's, before finishing off her opponent. And this while trying to figure out her new Clima-Tact for the first time, so she was doing more useless gimmicks than anything.
  • Chopper finding a GIGANTIC crab and piloting it for a getaway vehicle.
  • Crocodile revealing just how beautifully he manipulated all of Alabasta, and handing Luffy his first and second total defeats.
  • After an arc of being beaten soundly by every villain she encountered, Vivi finally gets her moment when she sends two villains, Mr. 7 and Miss Father's Day, single-handedly careening off the side of a clock tower in one hit, after she deliberately missed with her first attack so she could catch them off guard with the second. These were villains that, when Vivi was still on their side, were the next ones up from her (her partner Igaram was Mr. 8).
  • Captain Smoker: TELL THEM (his superiors) TO EAT SHIT!
    • The dubbed version, while not as vulgar, is just as powerful: "Tell them I said go to hell."
    • He says this twice. Once when he went after the Straw-Hat pirates without orders, and then after being offered a reward by them simply because he was there when the Straw-Hats saved their bacon and they need to reward somebody. Apparently, he'd previously turned down a promotion, and one imagines he turned them down with those same words.
  • Vivi's duck Karoo gets one as well, when he and Vivi are running away from Bon Clay, and Karoo runs straight up a several-hundred-foot tall wall, despite having gotten heavily injured in a stampede mere moments ago.
  • Pell's speech before his Heroic Sacrifice.
    "I am a Guardian Deity of Alabasta. The Falcon! It is my duty... to destroy the enemies of the Royal Family!"
    • He survives an explosion capable of wiping out a city, at POINT BLANK RANGE!
  • How about Robin joining the crew? Prior to this moment, when a crew member joined (barring Zoro), it was a Heartwarming Moment, and most fans had the expectation that Vivi was going to join. She didn't join, and then suddenly Robin was in the crew. Seeing her win over the crew was awesome.
    • How she did so was quite simple: Luffy accepted her offer, (because she isn't a bad person; also Luffy did tell her she could do what she wanted, if she wanted to join his crew, who was he to go back on his word?) Nami went from keeping her distance to calling Robin "Sis" due to Robin's jewel bag, and with Sanji, well, he was on board with the idea to begin with. Usopp and Chopper caved when she used her powers to help Luffy make silly faces. Only Zoro wasn't amused.

    Sky Island Saga 
Jaya Arc
  • Luffy and Zoro have a chance to be awesome without beating anyone up on Jaya Island. In fact, it's awesome specifically because they didn't beat anyone up while taking ridicule from Bellamy and the rest of the bar.
    • In addition to that, when Luffy DOES fight Bellamy later on, it's wall-to-wall (to turn a phrase) Moment of Awesome. "Do I know how to throw a punch?" indeed.
    • What's more is that while Bellamy is showing off his powers and has been ragging on Luffy all day Luffy ends the fight with a single blow, without using his powers. Neither Bellamy nor his crew had any idea how much of a monster Luffy really was. Even after they got word of his updated wanted poster (which showed he outranked Bellamy in infamy), his behavior earlier made them think it was a fluke. One punch later, and the poster literally flew in their faces as they realize the bounty is no joke.
  • Nami's true crowning moment of awesome comes when she navigates the Going Merry UP a Knock Up Stream, which is capable of tearing up small islands. Anyone can kick ass, but only Nami can predict weather on the Grand Line and a ship onto a sky island.
  • In Alabasta, Zoro pushes a building off of him. Here, he falls several hundred feet then shoves off a solid column of stone that had fallen on top of him with one arm (the other arm was holding Chopper, whom he caught in mid-fall). And yet when he yells out, "It almost killed me!" you wonder if this is not as accurate an assessment as he claims.

Skypiea Arc
  • Luffy fighting Eneru. Eneru might seem relatively tame, but the beginning of the fight is epic. Eneru hits him with his strongest attack. Luffy is still standing, not even scratched. He figures he must have missed, so he sends a giant electric monster at him, which swallows Luffy whole but doesn't even leave a scratch. Then Eneru hits him with at close range with everything he's got. And then... Luffy hits him. A full page of the manga is given just to show the shock on Eneru's face.
    • And then after Eneru has to visibly collect himself and manages to barely fight off Luffy, Luffy yells at him that even if he gets past Luffy and onto the Blue, he will still have to contend with the 'hundreds of rubber monsters' down there. Given that Eneru has never heard of rubber his entire life and has no clue what's down in the blue seas it's clear he's terrified.
    • Every time Eneru has shown up to this point he's been totally untouchable and one shotted anyone he came across, Sanji and Zoro included. Everyone else is down for the count, except Nami and a little girl and it is left to Luffy who is quite literally Eneru's "natural enemy".
      • This may be Foreshadowing on Oda's part when you find out the Will of D means one is God's (Celestial Dragon's) natural enemy.
    • And then came the final part. Luffy's just had his arm GRAFTED ONTO A GIANT METAL BALL BY MOLTEN LAVA, and he still hasn't given up. Everyone in Skypiea is cheering him on to end the war for good. As Eneru mockingly says he'll simply dodge the next attack, Luffy winds up for a GIGANTIC Megaton Punch using the very golden ball Eneru grafted on him. It stretches on long enough to ring the golden bell, ending the four hundred year war.
    Luffy: LET THEM HEAR IT!
    *Luffy manages to hit the bell, crushing Eneru in between*
    Luffy: Can you hear it old man? The city of gold is here! Resting for over 400 years... The city of Gold... HAS BEEN IN THE SKY!
  • Zoro realizes he needs a "flying slash" attack to be able to strike from a distance, so he develops the one-sword "36-Pound Phoenix" and uses it against Braham.
    • Then Zoro perfects the three-sword "108-Pound Phoenix", defeating Ohm by going through a wall AND Ohm's Iron Cloud sword, despite not knowing where Ohm was.
  • Zoro's Badass Boast when asked what he could possibly do against Eneru:
    "By the time I'm done with him... this 'god' is going to bow before me! I don't believe in him anyway. What do I care about pissing him off?"
  • Sanji kicks Usopp out of the way of a gigantic lightning blast and takes it himself. To say the shot of his silhouette fading as the lightning rushes toward him is awesome would be a complete understatement.
  • "Ordeal of Love." After Luffy, Usopp and Sanji spend a fair amount of time having trouble with one of the bad guys in the Skypiea arc, Sanji beats him by himself (with help from Luffy) while equating the beatdown to preparing a meal, complete with a line about "tenderizing the meat... brutally".
  • Chopper's fight against Gedatsu. Combination Moment of Awesome and badass level up.
    Chopper: NOW I'M A PIRATE TOO!
  • Robin's awesomeness when her Adventurer Archaeologist and Badass Bookworm kick in as she takes on and defeats Yama, Chief Enforcer of Eneru's forces, after he destroys ancient ruins of Shandora. Even saying, 'Even if you choose to repent, I won't forgive you." for what he did to the ruins. And subsequently whips his ass via swinging him into a tree, sending him to crash into another tree, having his own Axe Dial belt used against him, turning down his pleas of mercy, hurdling him off of a cliff, and breaking his back before he even hits the ground after falling off of said cliff.
  • Wiper himself is so Made of Iron that he took a 30 million volts and an El Thor head-on, and uses a Reject Dial, a device known to destroy a man's body after two uses, to kill off Shura, actually kill Eneru (though Eneru amplifies his heart to revive), and blast a gigantic beanstalk so that Luffy and Nami can confront Eneru. ALL. WITHOUT. DYING.
    Wiper: ENERU!!! Don't take my name in vain!
  • Luffy destroying the Raigou thunder ball, exploding it followed by the rays of the clear blue sky shine through the massive hole in the clouds it made. Looks even more amazing in the anime.

    Water 7 Saga 
Long Ring Long Land Arc
  • After seeing Luffy get the crap kicked out of him by Foxy, it was very satisfying to see him turn the fight around in one punch.
    Luffy: HELL YEAH!!
  • Zoro's speech to a crying Chopper during the Davy Jones Games, being the only one who didn't panic about Chopper being taken by Foxy, also deserves a mention here.
    "Shut your mouth, Chopper! You are disgraceful! It was your choice to get a life on the sea. Dead or alive, the choice was yours alone. Don't blame it on others. We accepted the challenge. Usopp and the others tried their best. In the pirate's world, tears won't get you anything. If you are a man, then sit tight and quietly watch the game!"
  • Then, Zoro's team-up with Sanji in the Groggy Ring. Despite the two of them initially bickering and arguing, they made one fine team at the end, beating the Groggy Monsters.
    • This deserves some clarification. They start out spending more time arguing with each other than fighting the Groggy Monsters and this, combined with the biased ref, results in their now weapon-using opponents giving them a horrifying beatdown, seemingly leaving them within an inch of their lives, to result in an easy win for the Groggy Monsters. This pisses Zoro and Sanji off enough to actually work together and obliterate the Groggy Monsters to win the game.
  • During the Davy Jones Games, the referee clearly acted "dumb" to allow cheating for the Foxy Pirates and let them get away with everything, while penalizing Zoro and Sanji with every chance he gets. When finally, Sanji kicked one of the players at him to get even, he tried to give Sanji a red card ... only to find his cards and whistle were missing.
    Robin: You're such a naughty girl.
    Nami: What can I say? Old habits die hard.
    (While wearing the whistle, Nami pulls the missing cards out of Victoria's Secret Compartment)
    • Then, at the end of the game, when Zoro and Sanji won, Nami gave the semi-conscious referee his whistle back and reminded him blow the whistle. With Sanji's red card the only thing in mind, he quickly blew the whistle to signal Sanji's foul ... only for the announcer to proclaim that there was the whistle, making the victory official. The referee could only look on dumbfounded while Nami cheerfully thanked him.
  • Foxy is a cheating egotistical lout, there's no denying that. But in his last bout with Luffy he proves to be a genius in how he applies his Noro Noro no Mi in battle. He proves himself as both a Trap Master and a surprisingly competent boxer.
  • Afro. Luffy. Dub.
    • For those lacking context, (or hype), it's the beginning of the battle between Luffy and Foxy. The moment you see Luffy with that afro, you know shit will go down.
    Chopper: Is Luffy gonna win?
    Robin: Of course. He's wearing an afro.

Water 7 Arc
  • A small one from the anime in the fight against Aokiji; as Usopp and Chopper are trying to take a frozen Robin back to Merry to be thawed out, Aokiji begins to pursue them, only to be halted by Nami, who's by now fully aware of how outclassed she is by him. Her actions make it clear that she intended to potentially die just to buy Usopp and Chopper time.
    Luffy: Usopp! Chopper! Run and take her to get thawed!
    Aokiji: (slowly chasing after them) Don't bother. The world would be better off if she died.
    Nami (presses the Clima-Tact to his neck) That's funny. You could say the same about all of us pirates.
  • Usopp blasting down the door to the Franky House and challenging demanding the money that the Franky Family stole back despite them kicking his ass earlier that same day all so that the Going Merry could be repaired. Usopp may have gotten his ass kicked again, but the sheer amount of balls it must have taken to walk in there is badass enough. (may cross over with heartwarming)
  • When Luffy leads the Straw Hats against the Franky Family to get revenge for Usopp. "Don't leave a single bone unbroken."
  • The Water 7 arc as a whole was probably one of Luffy's greatest Moment of Awesome. When you look back at the series, Luffy has hardly ever taken any real initiative as captain. IN fact, almost all of his decisions as captain of the crew were recruiting new members. Any important decisions were mostly agreed upon by the crew as a whole, so when you see Luffy deciding to part with Merry, and his duel with Usopp, it reminds the reader that Luffy is, in fact, captain of the crew.
  • Zoro and Luffy cutting and punching through a tidal wave through sheer determination.
    • The build up to the part he cuts a sea train car in half too. The Franky Family is ready to dismantle the sea train car, when Luffy just calls Zoro and the following exchange takes place:
    Luffy: Cut it! It's in the way.
    Zoro: Sure.
  • Zoro cutting cannonballs out of the air in Water 7.
  • Sanji's fight with Wanze is awesome, especially when he took out the knives and chopped up Wanze's noodle armor, as well as having all those cut up noodles land neatly on a plate.
    • Sanji then decided the best way to finish the fight would be to beat him ugly. Wanze's face looking like it did, this didn't leave Sanji with much to do. Not one to be denied, Sanji then took the logical step of beating him pretty before proceeding to beat him ugly again.
      • And then when he met Duval it was established that beating somebody pretty is one of his special abilities.
  • Usopp breaking into Franky House to try and steal back the money that would go into repairing the Going Merry. Sure, he got his ass handed to him and didn't really accomplish much, but it was still undeniably awesome of him.
  • During the Water 7 Arc, Usopp fought Luffy and held his ground with clever tactics and balls-to-the-wall determination. He may have lost, but he got actual blows in, against Luffy.
    • Usopp vs. Luffy for the Going Merry. You'd expect this small, weak, cowardly guy to just die right from the start, especially considering he was just mugged down by a street gang, but he still manages to plan out how to beat his foe, and actually get close to doing it. Luffy eventually says, "It stings... It burns... It hurts...!" THEN Usopp traps him in an explosion.
    • During that fight it took two shots from Luffy to bring him down, and both were pretty devastating blows, plus Usopp got the crap beaten out of him already earlier that day.
    • Usopp knows that his captain is right, and he's still willing to fight to the death for the Going Merry.
    • When Luffy tells Usopp to stop using pranks as his weapons Ussop says with full conviction:
  • Sogeking's theme song. 'Nuff said.
  • Water 7 has Chopper saving Nami from falling rubble and bursting out of the building as it burned with 2 more rescues, not including a mouse.
  • When Franky tries to stop a train and then rebuilds himself into a cyborg.
    • Later he takes an iron bar to the head without flinching and the bar bends to the shape of his head.
  • Tom the Fishman standing up, with a huge harpoon in his chest, and outlining his personal philosophy to a bunch of Knight Templar government agents.

Enies Lobby Arc
  • Every single moment the Straw Hats and Franky put Spandam through a bigger and bigger Humiliation Conga. The guy deserves it.
  • Luffy's fight against Rob Lucci on Enies Lobby, where he initiates Gear Third: using his Devil Fruit powers to blow up his arm like a balloon and inflates it to a ludicrous size. He then punches Lucci, and knocks a huge hole in the tower to boot! View it in Japanese or English.
    • Just how powerful is Gear Third? Lucci is the strongest fighter to have ever lived in the CP-9 unit and has butchered hundreds of men at once with just his bare hands, and no one but Luffy has been able to even make him flinch. This invincible assassin almost got OHKO'd by Gear Third. The move is that strong.
  • When Luffy first uses Gear Second and hands Blueno his ass.
    • It's a minor one, but one of Luffy's first moves in that fight is punching Blueno into a pillar while the latter's in mid Flash Step. Made better by Luffy not even being in Gear Second at that time.
  • Speaking of the Enies Lobby arc, Luffy has a great Moment of Awesome when he storms the Marine headquarters and proceeds to beat down hundreds upon hundreds of guards by himself. With his bare hands. And it is stated that of all the guards taken down, Luffy took down at least one thousand of them.
    • Furthermore, at least 500 of them were taken down in five minutes.
      Enies Lobby Guards: Hey, Straw Hat Luffy... How many dozens of people did you bring? Ha ha ha... Enies Lobby's forces are ten thousand strong!!!
      Luffy: Yeah... and I'm alone. Now step aside!!!!
    • Luffy essentially told the world government "I DON'T GIVE A FUCK WHAT SHE'S DONE!! YOU GIVE HER BACK RIGHT NOW OR I WILL COME UP THERE AND GET HER MYSELF!!" And he proceeded to do just that.
    • The dub, which was amazing, had this little gem:
    Spandam: (Screams like a bitch.)
    • Even more amazing, Stephanie Young, the Voice Actress for Robin, nailed the scene in ONE TAKE. click here for epicness.
  • Luffy's defeat of Rob Lucci. What makes it so awesome isn't just that Luffy's finishing move, Jet Gatling, was the result of Gomu Gomu no Gatling being voted the most popular attack of the series, it's that the final blow is as much crushing to Lucci mentally as it is to him physically. Lucci realized that not only did he not win, he could not win — Luffy would never stop fighting to protect Robin.
    • The look of utter disbelief on Lucci's face when Luffy gets up again, after taking his strongest attack to his heart, while screaming bloody murder really cements that moment's awesomeness.
    • Funimation absolutely killed it when it came to Gum Gum Jet Gattling.
  • A combined Moment of Awesome and Moment of Funny for Luffy in the Enies Lobby arc. Luffy approaches the Marines standing outside the gates to Enies Lobby. The Marines ready their weapons and prepare to stop him... then Luffy stops, bows his head and asks them politely to let him in. The Marines are actually stunned. Then they tell him that asking politely won't work... and what Luffy does next probably made them wish they had just let him in when he asked.
  • Sanji heats up his leg and beats down Jabra with his burning leg.
    • To be more precise... Sanji turns on one leg, slowly at first, and then so fast all you can see is a blur. Then, he comes to a stop, with his leg looking kind of like hot steel. And then, yes. He kicks enemies with his burning leg. The end result being that a man who was able to turn his body into an ironlike state where he was invincible to swords and bullets and who has been fighting in this state for most of his battle with Sanji remarks that it feels like his bones are burning. And by "remarks," hear "screams in agony." Oh, and the name of this ability? Diable Jambe. Or in English, Devil's Leg.
    • View the Japanese clip here, and the Funimation clip here, and watch as Sanji pulverizes Jabra.
  • The Hunter... dude Sanji has the best entrances EVER.
  • Sanji was the one shutting the Gates of Justice at Enies Lobby, destroying a HUGE Buster Call ship and disorienting the rest, allowing the Straw Hats to escape the supposedly inescapable Buster Call.
  • Usopp's arsenal of awesomeness: One, shooting down the World Government flag with a firebird. Two, sniping Marines on top of a tower from an unheard of distance even with all that pesky wind. With a slingshot. While singing the Sogeking theme.
    • Also, turning the giants Kaashi and Oimo back against the marines.
    • Burning the world government's flag is really more a Moment of Awesome for the whole team.
      • Usopp still deserves special mention, not just for the fact that he shot the flag down, but that he did it without hesitation. The most audacious thing he had ever been asked to do, and he did it without flinching.
  • A rather subtle one: When he and Zoro are cornered by the two CP-9 assassins, he proclaims his almost trademark "I've got 8000 pirates awaiting my command to destroy you!" Thanks to the activated Buster Call, which will decimate the island including the assassins, he can very well back-up that threat!
  • Usopp cheering Luffy on:
    "Even though it's been blackened by explosions, we can still see the sky! We can still see the sea! This place... This place isn't like hell!"
    • Also, Usopp challenging Lucci to a fight, even though Lucci would be able to tear him up like paper. Whether he genuinely planned to fight Lucci or if he was just trying to get Luffy to stand back up, he was still deliberately taunting someone who could rip him to shreds.
  • Nami, when she BRINGS DOWN A FRIGGIN' THUNDERBOLT in the middle of a melee. This prompts the mooks to say, "I thought she was one of the weak ones."
    • Nami's fight with Kalifa. Breaking Kalifa's soap powers with rain, casting illusions, and finishing the whole thing off with a delayed lighting bolt to the chest. And to think that the Clima Tact was originally designed as a party trick.
  • Two Words: Monster Chopper. Some put an awesome video on YouTube to demonstrate.
  • Robin's steadfast refusal to go through the Gates of Justice, including holding onto a wall with her teeth and then having to be dragged along is even more awesome then any time she fought.
  • Robin breaking Spandam's spine with a loud and clear Clutch. After seeing this spineless coward beat the shit out of her while she was completely defenseless for nearly 50 chapters, after learning the sheer spirit-crushing sadness of her backstory...we needed to see this. And DAMN, was it ever satisfying!
  • Franky got his Catharsis Factor in earlier when he saved Robin from the Spandam's Elephant Sword Funkfreed. He then thanks the Straw Hats for giving him a chance to do something he'd wanted to do for 20 years...which was smash Spandam's face, as the Superlative Dub put it, "...until there was nothing left but bloody hamburger!" And he does it by taking said Funkfreed (in elephant form, meaning weighing a lot) by the trunk, and body-slamming him right on top of Spandam so hard he crushes Spandam's face, his pride, and part the Bridge of Hesitation!
  • When Franky inflates his butt and fires it. 4 words: greatest fart joke ever!
    • Here's a vid of the event, too.
    • Franky's definitive Moment of Awesome was right after Robin's flashback, where he manages to effectively ruin Spandam's long, drawn-out plan of acquiring the blueprints for Pluton that lasted for five years... by simply burning the blueprints and then declaring he's going to fight on the Straw Hats' side in front of the whole of CP9.
    • Franky's defeat of Fukurou. After blasting him from the air straight into the ground with his Coup de Vent, with so much force it causes a giant crater, what does Franky say? SUUUUUUPAAAAAAA! :D
  • Rob Lucci cumulates this with his Moral Event Horizon when he kills a pirate crew and 500 hostages at only 13 years old.
    • Incidentally, killing those 500 hostages was Lucci's way of resolving a hostage situation.
  • And give one of the most popular villains in One Piece, Kaku, his due. He used rankyaku in his half-Giraffe form to cut the Tower of Justice at Enies Lobby in half.
  • While we're talking about CP-9, there's Kumadori. He swamps Nami easily, and would've succeeded in beating Chopper had he not gone into Monster Point, and even then he stood up to that horrifying creature that would've made half the people in that tower shit their pants. There's also his epic entrance when he's paired against Nami, banging his staff against the floor with hamming it up. Dude is definitely Crazy Awesome.
  • The two of them may not be able to stand each other, but when Zoro and Sanji team up, expect one of these to occur. Case in point, this scene during the battle at Enies Lobby:
    (The Straw Hats (minus Luffy) and their allies are riding Gomorrah, a gigantic fish through the place, and they're about to crash into a building)
    Zoro: A dead end? Do you see one?
    Sanji: Nah, I don't see one anywhere.
    (They proceed to OBLITERATE said building)
  • The first ship, Going Merry: Turning up in time to rescue them from Enies Lobby which was about to be pounded out of existence by cannon fire guided only by the spirit of the ship and despite having a keel that had snapped in half. Then we get one of the biggest tearjerkers in the series.
  • Everyone who charged into Enies Lobby defeating a force of 10,000 strong, with approximately hundred people, mainly shipwrights. Even better: not one fatality. Everyone who went to the island on that mission got out alive!
  • The Mooks of Enies Lobby have one, when a bunch of marines and government agents chase Luffy. He escapes to a rooftop when surrounded. But do the mooks give up the chase? No. They toss each other up to the roof. And this is while chasing a guy who has repeatedly escaped them and taken out hundreds of them with his bare hands. You've got to hand it to the Marines: They've got balls.
  • During Jaguar D Saul's attempt to protect Robin from the Buster Call, he lifts a Buster Call-level battleship And. Throws. It.
    • "I've got no idea what is right, so I'll just protect my friend!"
  • Enies Lobby is a font of CMOAs, especially Luffy's order to Burn down the flag of the world government, essentially declaring war on the entire world.
  • Demon Aura Nine Sword Style Asura. With something that sounds like that, you know this is awesome, as in "cut Sky Slicer into mist and then finish off the impudent mortal who thought he could defy you with Asura Silver Mist" awesome.
    • View the Japanese clip here, and the English clip here.
  • Iceburg deserves a mention here. What did he do? He patched up a ship that was at the end of its rope to the point where it could safely set off. By himself. In the middle of a freaking hurricane.

Post-Enies Lobby Arc
  • Nico Robin gets hers when she uses her power to put Franky's "treasure" in a vice grip.
  • One for Franky and the new Thousand Sunny: When Garp, Luffy's grandfather, lifts up a ball and chain BIGGER THAN EITHER SHIP, Franky, the new guy, activates Coup De Blast, which blasts them one friggin mile away. The best part? Any damage that comes to it, Franky can fix up, no problem. Now thats what I call a good first impression.
  • Blackbeard stating, "Ace, your body is fire, right? I am... darkness." Swiftly followed by sucking a town into a black hole, THEN blasting it back out, THEN defeating Ace despite having a sun essentially thrown at him.
  • Shanks and Whitebeard's clash. How awesome was that one clash? Awesome enough to divide the sky into two.

    Thriller Bark Saga 
Thriller Back Arc
  • 600 MILLION BERRI JACKPOT!! It's the dubbed version, in case you were wondering.
  • During the Thriller Bark Arc, when the Rolling Pirates give Luffy his first shadow power-up (episode 370), they ask him "Can you use a sword?" He replies "No, not one bit." Then they toss a sword towards him, he catches it and then slashes a tree to splinters so quickly we can't even see it.
  • One Moment of Awesome came in the end of the Thriller Bark arc, where Luffy absorbs the shadows of a hundred powerful warriors and becomes Nightmare Luffy, developing crazy power, speed, and resilience. The catch? The shadows only stay inside his body for ten minutes. Luffy wipes the floor with Oars, until the time is up. Oars still isn't beaten. Then he leads the all of the Straw Hats to kick his ass anyway.
    • The sole reason that Zoro decides he has to beat Oars instead of distract him? Well, he knows that by dawn if they don't get their shadows back, he, Sanji, and Luffy will be useless for fighting in the sun. So he has to defeat Oars to give Luffy his shadow back, because he knows that Luffy is the most powerful member of the crew. This coming from the guy who only ever lost one fight on-screen, and is planning on beating up the murderous giant with Luffy's entire skillset, but he knows Luffy is their best bet.
  • That whole part where Zoro fights Kuma. Especially the part where he takes all of Luffy's pain into his body. That was so much pain, it inverted the colors of the show. Pure unfiltered awesome.
  • Zoro's whole fight with Ryuuma was undeniably amazing. From exchanging cuts and slashes that completely destroying the room they were in, to fighting up on top of the tower and finishing it with an aerial fight.
    • The best part of this fight was this quote from Ryuuma just before the destruction began:
      Ryuuma: It feels as if I am about to fight a titanic creature... It even sends shivers down my body. What a feeling! Yohohoho!
    • This guy, an undead samurai with Brook's entire moveset and an excellent sword, was scared of Zoro!
    • More likely Ryuuma's zombie body still had memories from his past life (similar to zombie Cindry) and the body shivered from excitement in front of a great challenger. "A titanic creature" refers to a dragon which he had once slayed meaning that he compares Zoro to a dragon. It's a great compliment from a hero of Wano and CMOA/ Fridge Brilliance in hindsight.
    • And directly beforehand, when they first met face to face, and Zoro smugly announces that he's going to defeat Ryuuma and take his sword. Brook actually faints from his coolness!
      • And now you can too! Experience the original subtitled hardcore fight here, or allow the dub to soothe your fanboyism here.
  • Sanji became so angry that that he exploded with rage and Zoro even comments on how he would transform if he got any angrier.
  • Usopp in Thriller Bark. Four words: "I am already negative!" To explain, Usopp is probably one of the few people in the world who is immune to Perona's Negative Hollows. They have the power to drain all the optimism from whomever they pass through. Trouble is, it's hard to suck optimism out of a pessimist. In fact, Usopp's so pessimist that he turns the attack on the ghosts...and even Perona herself, causing all of them to become depressed.
    • And then he tops that later in the fight by being a coward: "Somebody save me! Save me... SOGEKING!!!"
      • Immediately after that, he defeats a ridiculously strong zombie bear by shoving his arm down its throat in order to get it to swallow salt (the zombies' weakness).
    • And when all the other Straw Hats just stand around gawking in horror as Oars is about to smash the unconscious Sanji it is a clearly-terrified Usopp who actually does something about it: firing at Oars's head and turning the giant's attention towards himself.
    • For crying out loud, he defeated someone referred to as "The Ghost Princess" by making her faint from fear using nothing but adhesive, toys and a giant balloon.note 
  • It falls to the background in comparison to all the other action going on, but during the battle with Oars Chopper pulls off a few awesome moments. He pulls off an autopsy on the giant zombie mid-battle, recognizes the critical weak points of a bad right arm and being vulnerable to freezing (which was how he originally died and, because the Straw Hats followed this advice and aimed their attacks accordingly) Nami made it rain, Franky and Usopp fired an air cannon to freeze the rain and pin him in place, and Zoro and Sanji forced his back straight—left Oars ultimately helpless in the face of Luffy's final attack, which made sure Oars stayed down by pulverizing his spine.
  • When Franky went up against the Spider-monkey. He really wanted to try out his nunchucks, but the Spider's too big for that. So he finds a couple of the castle's pillars, and attaches them to the nunchucks, and begins to whale on the spider-monkey. In a panic the spider-money manages to web up the super-nunchucks, and as he laughs in relief, Franky just glares at him for spoiling his fun and shoots him.
  • Any time Franky busts out his mad building skills. Whether he makes an unusually ornate bridge in less time then it takes somebody to notice, or he's building a staircase in mid-battle so he can punch a giant in the face.
  • During the Thriller Bark arc, two of the Straw Hats had been cornered by a giant zombie monkey spider which, like the other zombies, had no known weakness. Cue a quaint little song being sung from the unseen rafters, and suddenly the abomination is freaking out; turns out, he remembers this song. The music stops, Brook attacks, and as he's walking away his Diagonal Cut kicks in and the enemy gives up the ghost. Brook wouldn't have batted an eyelash... even if he had any left. Ladies and gentlemen, the musician has arrived.
  • Another for Brook is his zombie's fight with Zoro. Ryuuma's body may be stronger than Brooks and that Zoro was a sword down but still, Brook was a close match he might not be able to beat Kaku, but he would still hold his ground.
  • He gets another when he slices through and purifies a corridor of zombies while still singing. What makes it so awesome is that the zombies start to panic and run JUST from hearing his song in the distance.
    • He only took about 4 seconds to hand the whole group their collective asses.
  • When the Straw Hats fought Oars together. Highlights include: Zoro using Franky's heavy nunchucks, Franky making a staircase mid-fight so he and Chopper can punch him in the face, Usopp's giant-sized Phoenix Star, Brook's electric arrow attack, and managing to pin him to the gourn with his own horns for a while, so they can all start whaling on him.
  • Laboon in the Rumbar Pirates' flashback. After leaving Laboon behind because he couldn't come with them to the Red Line, we see Brooke and Yorki's crew sailing through dangerous and stormy seas and the reverse mountain, making it to the twin capes where Crocus allows them to stay. Then he asks "By the way, is that whale that followed you your pet?". Cue Reaction Shot from the whole crew, who found out Laboon followed them through all of those hazardous waters. A baby whale swam through a upstream current while following their friends' ship!
  • A minor moment only in the anime, but do you remember when Sanji was daydreaming of Robin docking? Cue the Death Glare from Robin. Seriously, THAT DEATH GLARE! Apparently, even thinking about docking is a Berserk Button for Robin, but more importantly, it turned a gag into something truly awesome.

    Summit War Saga 
Sabaody Archipelago Arc
  • Luffy doing the in-universe unthinkable: Walking up to a World Noble — a descendant of the twenty kings who oversaw the World Government's creation, and the only ones above their laws and who you must never, ever offend lest you want to go to toe-to-toe with an Admiral - and punching him square in the face.
  • Usopp got one in the Sabaody arc: dropping down from the ceiling and flattening the most sickeningly evil character we've seen thus far. With his butt.
  • The Thousand Sunny, the Straw Hats' ship, claimed one of these moments. Two words: Gaon Cannon! In Zoro's own words, it's a little TOO awesome.
  • The glory of Luffy, Trafalgar Law, and Eustass Kid walking out to brutally Curb Stomp a Marine unit responding to Luffy's little diplomatic incident on Sabaody. Three pirate captains, shoulder to shoulder, in a world where rank is a BIG DEAL.
  • The Sabaody Archipelago Arc upgraded Gold Roger's dying words into a full blown Moment of Awesome by revealing some key information about his death. He wasn't captured, he turned himself in; he didn't care about being executed, as he had a deadly illness and was going to die anyway. and the day before his execution, he spoke to his former first mate, and told him: "I won't die, partner." What did he mean by this? Simple. With his last words, he both ensured his place in history, and changed his own execution from a chilling warning to all aspiring pirates, to the event that sparked the Golden Age of Piracy, the World Government's worst nightmare.
    • It was also one of the most awesome callbacks ever, as it ties in with Dr. Hiriluk's dying speech, where he asserts that a man only dies when he is forgotten. With his last words, Roger ensured that the world would NEVER forget him.
  • When Rayleigh offers to tell the crew where the One Piece is, Luffy loudly declines and says he'll quit being a pirate if he knows where it is. Why?
    Luffy: I don't want to go on a boring adventure like that!
  • A huge Moment of Awesome for Silvers Rayleigh, he not only blocked a kick/laser beam, he cut a logia user and made him bleed.
  • Silver Rayleigh's very first appearance. A scene so manly that your testicles will grow.

Amazon Lily Arc
  • "I TOLD YOU TO STOP!" Luffy just shouting this at Sandersonia and Marigold, managed to knock out a large portion of the audience instantly. The ones that weren't commented on him having "the king's disposition", which even scared Boa Hancock (and she has very impressively demonstrated the same ability). This moment was raw (and to Luffy, unintentional) awesomeness.
    • How about being able to resist Boa Hancock', charms?
    • There's an even earlier hint of Luffy having "The King's Disposition" or "Haki". During the Duval encounter, he stopped Duval's Motobaro without flinching and said "There's no point in us fighting!". Haki activates unconsciously and Motobaro goes the opposite way before collapsing. In the manga, Motobaro was foaming at the mouth!
  • A moment from the Amazon Lily arc, detailing the background of Hancock. A fishman, by the name of Fisher Tiger, climbed up the Red Line, bare-handed, and defied the Celestial Dragons, essentially a death sentence that has only been done twice, once by Tiger, once by Luffy, and raged through the city to free the Fishmen enslaved there. And not just the Fishmen, as he freed anyone who was a slave. Pretty goddamn high Awesome Quotients from the fishmen in general.
    • Speaking of Hancock, after a single campaign, she got herself a bounty of 80,000,000. No one, not even any of the Straw Hats, got that kind of bounty from their first act of piracy. From just that, the Government quickly and cautiously approached her and offered her the position of Shichibukai.

Impel Down Arc
  • In the Impel Down arc, Going Gear Second and giving the Chief Warden Magellan a speech on why he's not giving up his plan to save Ace, then proceeding to give him a Gomu Gomu no Jet Bazooka. To give you an idea, Luffy smacked a man whose body is coated with an armor of corrosive poison. And his hands are starting to feel it.]] That's pretty hardcore.
    • And that leads into another Moment of Awesome / Heartwarming Moment, though not from Luffy. Unfortunately, Magellan defeats Luffy and he's carted off to Level 5 of Impel Down. Back on Level 4, Mr. 2 gathers Mr. 3 and Buggy back together and says that they need to rescue him immediately. When Buggy demands to know why they should go to certain death for him, and Mr. 2 replies "Because he's a friend!! I don't need any other reason!!!
      • Luffy gets another one here... Yes, Luffy was beaten and not only taken down to Level 5, the "freezing hell", but he was also covered in a mixture of so many poisons that the doctors said he could not be cured. Imagine, that would have been absolutely agonizing. And yet, Luffy is still trying to get up and save Ace. When Mr. 2 drags him into the forest in search of "Iva-San", whom he believes can cure Luffy, he is attacked by vicious and powerful wolves - and then Luffy gets up, stares one in the eyes, and makes the entire pack (which may have been at least 20 of them) collapse purely through using the king's disposition, despite his absolutely horrifying condition that, by all rights, he shouldn't even be standing from. Absolutely incredible.
      • Here we go again. Luffy, amazingly, asks Iva-sama to help Bon Clay, despite his horrifying condition, which makes Bon Clay look like he merely got a scratch. This request was more than enough for Iva-sama to help him and Bon Clay.
      • Will the awesome never end? Luffy is subjected to an absolutely agonizing process to heal his body that will take days, and relies on his willpower. Everyone in the Okama Paradise comes up to his cell to cheer him on. Seven Twenty hours in - the first ten of which Bon Clay had spent in dead sleep while he recovered from his injuries - the screaming stops, and Iva-sama declares Luffy dead. Then Luffy slams his fists on the door with full force, never mind that he was tied up in several layers of huge chains, screaming "FOOOOOOOODDDD!" Iva-sama is naturally astounded, not even a day had passed since it began!]]
      • Somehow, Luffy has managed to pull together a kick-ass team well worth reckoning with. Who's on said team? Crocodile, Jinbe, Ivankov, and Inazuma. It's likely the other Baroque pirates will stay by Luffy's side with Crocodile involved. Add on Buggy and Hancock, and you have three Warlords of the Sea, two high-ranking Revolutionaries, and two crews at Luffy's command. WG beware.
      • The caption at the end of the chapter just makes it all the better: This is one crazy team!
  • Another one for Buggy: breaking out of his cell in Impel Down. Granted, the Marines weren't aware of his Devil Fruit power, or even that he had one, but given that this is the Marines' top prison, that is still awesome.
    • And if that doesn't wet your pants, this will: Luffy and Buggy team-up.
    • The Luffy/Buggy/Mr. 3/Mr. 2 team-up is a Moment of Awesome, especially at the end of chapter 532 when they all work together to take down a minotaur.
  • Reread that last part: Magellan is a Crowning Badass of Awesome. He's fought those opponents without even coming close to losing.
    • To be clear, he defeats the entire Blackbeard crew without breaking stride. So much as daring to stand against Magellan is considered bad ass.
  • Vice Chief Hannyabal, who was presented as the Starscream of the Impel Down arc, had a CM of A near the arc's end when he tries to take on Straw Hat Luffy and is beaten bloody as a result, but refuses time and time again to get out of Luffy's way and has a Heartwarming Moment when he explains why he can't let Impel Down fall, as the weak and ordinary citizens of the world who fear pirates depend on Impel Down to keep them safe. This was the guy who considered letting two pirates escape so as to pin the blame on his boss and get his job.
  • Ace, Jinbe, and Crocodile get one off-screen. Namely, when prisoners are brought to Impel Down, they are stripped, boiled on an iron kettle, tossed into water reaching a hundred degrees, and "baptized". According to one of the officers, they went through all that without lifting an eyebrow.
  • Bon Clay has been on a roll since his loss in Alabasta. Not only did he get himself captured to save fellow former Baroque Works members, but in the Impel Down arc he teamed up with Luffy and has since helped take out the fearsome (but oddly adorable) Minotauros, impersonated the Vice-Chief after regretfully leaving Luffy to fight Magellan alone, and to atone for running away went down to Level 5, the Freezing Hell, where he rescued Luffy from his cell and fought off killer wolves, that had been too bloodthirsty for the upper levels, while half-naked and bloody!
    • Want to know how he assumed the appearance of Hannyabal, the man who curb stomped Buggy and Mr. 3 (granted, it is Buggy and Mr. 3)? Beat him to a pulp? Oh, no, no, no. Used his shapeshifting powers to become Nami and used the good ol' hot, sweaty girl wants to remove her clothing gambit, resulting in the vice warden being Bound and Gagged in a storeroom wearing nothing but his own boxers.
    • This couples as a Heartwarming Moment: as soon as Bon Clay learned that Luffy's healing process depended upon his willpower and that it would take over two days, which would cause Luffy to be unable to rescue his brother, he refuses to eat or sleep and stands in front of Luffy's locked recovery room and begins to cheer him on. The other okamas, including even the cynical Iva, join in after seeing his resolve and spend eight hours yelling encouragements to Luffy as he goes through the painful healing procedure.
      • And now he appears to have pulled a Heroic Sacrifice, staying behind while the others escape so he can imitate Chief Warden Magellan to open the Gates of Justice. Magellan comes and confronts him too late to stop him. Just as Luffy realizes what he's done and contacts him. The whole thing is an Awesome Moment, Heartwarming Moment and a bit of a Tear Jerker.
      • This is the whole of Episode 451 in the anime. As the music surges, Bon Clay throws off his disguise, and faces down Magellan. "Do you have any last words?" To which Bon Clay responds, with a smile, "SATISFACTION!" Magellan's fist comes down, the screen goes white, and a single rose petal falls to the water.
    • This is an important Character Development for him as he had previously ran away and hesitated to fight him because he feared justifiably for his life against a man whose touch and breath can kill you in one hit. The sheer determination to save his friends, had given him enough resolve to face him with complete satisfaction of his friends' safety and insult him while making this man like an incompetent officer is awesome beyond words.
    • It's even implied that Magellan was demoted all because of what Bon Clay did.
      • And somehow he survived. And is the new queen of New Kama Land to boot.
  • And now there is Emporio Ivankov, the retired Queen of Kamabakka Island. Don´t let him fool you guys. He may look like a parody of a Drag Queen, but he can repel a 'cannon ball by batting an eyelash''! And then he turned the poor guy, who attacked him, into a woman!
  • When Inazuma uses the powers of the Choki-Choki Fruit to cut up the floor and manipulate it like cloth to block an oncoming wave of knockout gas.
  • The entire Impel Down Arc is made of Crowning Moments of Awesome, with MR. 3, OF ALL PEOPLE getting one as well, when he blocked Magellan's highly poisonous Hydra attack with his Candle Wall, despite being only a quick sprint away from complete freedom, urging Luffy and company to escape.
    Mr. 3: I'll be damned if I'll stay in your debt, Straw Hat!
    • He then, along with Luffy, gets ANOTHER Crowning Moment of Awesome when he gives Luffy wax BOXING GEAR, who then fights off Magellan while Mr. 3 put up guards. I repeat, Luffy fought a MAN MADE OF POISON WITH BOXING GLOVES!!!
  • Jinbe the Fishman is showing himself to be a walking Crowning Momentof Awesome.
    • Evidence 1: He knocked out multiple enemies at one time by PUNCHING THE AIR!
    • Evidence 2: HE THREW THE SEA! Yeah, you read right! HE THREW THE GODDAMN SEA WITH HIS BARE HANDS! And no, he doesn´t possess a Devil Fruit power! He´s "just" a Fishman and simply THAT GOOD!
      • In short, he's the One Piece version of Aquaman.
      • Namely, the UBER BADASS one from the DCAU.
      • Aquaman in a universe where Aquaman is absolutely deadly.

Marineford Arc
  • Luffy should get one just for falling from the sky above Marineford, while Whitebeard had came from below the ocean earlier in Chapter 556.
    • Oh, it gets better... In the next chapter, he effectively challenges Whitebeard while standing by his side. And, if the smile is of any indication, earned the old man's respect. The reactions of quite a lot of the bystanders are priceless. The entrance itself is pretty awesome, with the team shot, and the resulting mix of surprise, relief and Oh Crap! from various characters.
      • And the chapter after that... After quickly chatting to Whitebeard like they were equals, Luffy bounds off to rescue Ace. This is a combined Moment of Awesome - first, he's saved from Kizaru by Ivankov, then Jinbe makes Moria's zombie-raising powers useless through using salt water from the ocean itself (remember, he can THROW THE SEA), and then, Luffy's response to Ace's urging him to flee? Punch out a GIANT (made even more awesome by the fact that he did it with a technique that made his fist even bigger than the giant's whole body) and then say, "I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY! I'M GOING TO SAVE YOU EVEN IF IT KILLS ME! The kicker? Whitebeard then effectively orders Marco to protect Luffy. Now Luffy is cutting a path through the Marines towards Ace, and one of Whitebeard's finest, as in, the guy who blocked an attack from Kizaru, is protecting him. This is going to get real interesting.
      • A point for Luffy's INTELLIGENCE(!)... when Crocodile rushes to attack Whitebeard, Luffy intercepts the strike. After the fact, Crocodile notices that Luffy had the foresight to get his arm wet, exploiting Crocodile's weakness to water.
    • And that epic punch up there is made even more epic by the fact that it was done in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann style. So it looks like a Giga Drill Breaker.
  • Luffy now standing in front of ALL THREE ADMIRALS seconds away from Ace's execution. If this isn't a holy shit moment, nothing is. Why else would it be this very page's image?
  • Luffy, after getting badly Worf'ed by the Marines' higher ups - especially the Admirals - came back roaring. After getting beaten up by Kizaru et al and having his body run out on juice on him, he begs Ivankov to inject him with Vigor Hormones again and, upon seeing the decapitation about to take place, yells out a very familiar STOP IT ALREADY! Luffy's Haki finally unleashes itself, knocking out Ace's executioners along with many other Mooks in the vicinity. Sengoku and Ace are both left speechless, Aokiji's surprised, Ivankov's amazed, and Whitebeard just thinks "that little snot-nosed..." That's how you prove yourself, Luffy.
  • Portgas D. Rouge, Ace's mother, gets one for carrying him inside for twenty months. Why does she do that? To hide the fact that Ace is GOLD ROGER'S SON!
  • Whitebeard finally gets to show us that he is easily the most Badass character in the entire franchise in this arc. Before we list off the massive amount of badass things he pulls off, this has to be mentioned. Whitebeard is 72, has been on life support for about 10 years, has a heart disease and is half blind and half deaf. Even before the battle of Marineford he's one leg in the grave. And despite that, he manages to pull off the following:
    • He has a habit of punching reality so hard, it breaks.
    • He refused Gold Roger when he wanted to tell him the location of One Piece because "I already have a family, and that's all I need".
    • He treats every member of his crew as a son or daughter (with the exception of Blackbeard, who he "disowned") and will risk his life for every single one of them (which is how the Marineford arc starts, as Ace has been captured). He even gets stabbed by one of his "sons" who thought he betrayed them, and... gave him a Cooldown Hug.
    • He starts off the battle by punching reality hard enough to create 2 tsunamis the size of Tokyo Tower.
    • Even without using his Shockwave powers, he can block the strike of a 90 foot tall giant with one hand on his bisento before knocking off balance and FLIPPING THE FUCKING OCEAN.
    • Keeps fighting after Akainu punches him with lava. HE DOESNT EVEN SLOW DOWN. This same attack killed Ace in one hit.
    • His Dying Moment of Awesome finally comes after having been stabbed, shot, bombarded, punched through the stomach and having half his face burned off, and he still beats Blackbeard down so hard his entire crew has to intervene. After that, we are told he survived 300-something stab wounds, hundreds of shots, 46 cannonballs, having his face melted and his guts being burned by lava. AND HE STILL DIED STANDING UP.
    • And then to top it all off, when his cape falls from his shoulders it reveals that despite his front being a scared, broken mess, his back hadn't received a single wound or mark over his entire life. Recall Zoro's words when he refused to turn his back when he first fought Mihawk. Epic Call Back to show just how much this kind of pride means to a true warrior.
  • Donquixote gets one in the Marineford Arc after helping to incapacitate Oars Jr. and setting the invading captains against their crews. He gives a massive Genre Savvy Hannibal Lecture on how flimsy and warped the ethics of the world are, and almost Breaking the Fourth Wall by noting how the roles of good and evil in regards to the marines and pirates are always shifting:
    "The one's who stand on the top determine what's wrong and what's right!!! This very place is neutral ground!!! Justice will prevail, you say!? But of course it will!!! Whoever wins this war will become Justice!!!"
  • In chapter 560, Boa Hancock breaks Smoker's Seastone Jutte with a simple kick. Remember that Hancock is a fruit user. She broke a weapon made out of her Kryptonite Factor and as hard as diamond. with a kick. Without a scratch. And afterwards can still look down on Smoker so far she's actually looking up. Bad. Ass.
    • Only the tip of Smoker's weapon is made of seastone. The rest is presumably just some regular sort of metal or else Smoker, a Logia, couldn't wield it himself.
    • Her stealing of the keys for Ace's cuffs. Damn, she's as good as Nami!
    • And in another chapter, she kicks a Pacifista in the face and it explodes!
      • Not only that, but she's later confronted by Sentoumaru for destroying quite a few Pacifistas. Remember that it took the entire Straw Hat crew to bring down just one of these things.
      • Well, the Pacifista though were programmed not to attack her because she was their ally. Still shows she has a ton of raw power though, especially since her fruit powers are useless against emotionless beings.
      • You might want to tell that to the cannonballs and the jutte she petrified. They are not only emotionless, they are non-sentient! That's right, she is so badass her power works on stuff that for all purposes should be immune!
  • Chapter 562 not only has the army of Pacifista turned the tides of the battle in favor of the Marines, but Whitebeard is betrayed by one of his own men and stabbed clear through his chest.
    • Whitebeard's reaction to this is definitely awesome. Despite having just been impaled by a BFS, he calmly asks what the attacker's problem was, and, after finding out it was due to a ploy by the Marines to turn his allies against him, he tells the guy that they are all his sons anyway, and gives said allies an escape route in case they really felt he was going to sell them out. He then turns around and attacks the Marines by himself, head on, completely ignoring the wound.
      • Whitebeard actually hugs his comrade turned assailant, saying that he'll always be one of his "sons".
  • Chapter 564...Sengoku wasn't kidding about Whitebeard being the strongest. He just tilted the ENTIRE FREAKING MARINEFORD ISLAND, AND THE SEA ALONG WITH IT!! And has also one-shotted another Marine Giant, by names of John Giant. He is the man!
    • The admirals also deserve credit. They somehow managed to prevent the platform Ace was on...are they Haki users too? And Akainu just began raining down a literal meteor storm of magma fists.
      • Yes the admirals are doing a fantastic job against the guy who had a freaking hole though his heart. Usually that supposed to kill people. Odd it took all three cheap logia ADMIRALS to stop Whitebeard's handicapped attack.
      • Yes and said admirals are still treating it like a tea party. The One Piece equivalent of the Armageddon is on full assault and they haven't batted an eyelid yet.
      • You have to remember that, according to Word of God, we are only about half way through the series. There has to be SOMETHING more then this later on.
      • And imagine how strong Roger was. He was on par with Whitebeard, probably even stronger, AND managed to become the Pirate king.
  • Marco further proves why he is the 1st division commander by kicking Aokiji in a way that would make Sanji jealous when he was about to finish Luffy off.
    • Kizaru effortlessly intercepting and kicking Gear Second Luffy.
      • Fleet Admiral Sengoku and Garp preparing to fight. Yeah...someone is about to get rage stomped.
  • Whitebeard gets another one for concealing another freaking ship underneath the water, in case of anything.
    • That said, give Oars for being alive much less carry a ship smashing though a wall that whitebeard himself couldn't break though.
  • And what about Crocodile? If stopping Ace's head from being chopped off doesn't qualify, then how about purposefully defying Donquixote Doflamingo? Doflamingo is the man with the highest bounty we know of in the entire series thus far, four times greater than Crocodile's bounty was. It goes to show just how Bad Ass Crocodile can be, despite not even being the arc's Big Bad.
    • Crocodile? That's not the crown of badassery, considering that Crocodile's power comes from his manipulation ability. The way he dinks away Mihawk's BFS with his hook handed arm because he notices that Mr. 1 is "taking a nap" and because he's not in the best mood because he is disappointed that Whitebeard isn't STRONG enough, and then goes to only become important when needed, such as saving Luffy and stopping Akainu for no reason except that that Impel Down prison place was getting pretty boring.
  • What no CMOAs for the latest chapter? It's a huge Moment of Awesome for the World Government... and Luffy. Kizaru defeats Marco after a vice admiral puts seastone cuffs on him and Kizaru fires straight through him. Jozu is frozen solid. Whitebeard is on his deathbed impaled by several vice admirals and marines while his commanders and the pirates are getting cut down all around him. Coby and Luffy fight and Luffy one-shots Coby like it's nothing. Finally the biggest Crowning Moment of Awesome in the chapter, Ace is seconds away from being executed when Luffy screams out with his king's Haki knocking out hundreds of marines and stopping them from beheading Ace.
  • The latest chapter is a huge Moment of Awesome. Luffy defeats Garp (though Garp actually threw the fight), Luffy tries to free Ace, Sengoku attacks Luffy whilst turning into a giant Buddha that effortlessly beat Gear 3 Luffy, destroying the platform. The now-freed Ace then rescues Luffy!
    • And that would have been impossible without Mr. 3. Yeah, the wimpy Smug Snake actually disguised himself as one of the execution soldiers and crafted the key to Ace's cuffs. And then his Candle Wall managed to absorb the blow of Sengoku's Buddha punch. And why is he doing all this? To repay Mr. 2!
      • His quote alone makes it his greatest Moment of Awesome.
        "If the reason I am here right now... was to avenge my fallen friend, would you laugh at me, hmmm?!"
  • Chapter 572. Whitebeard shouting his final order, and then prepares himself to fuck up the marines is simply the most badass thing he's done this whole battle.
  • Akainu mocking Whitebeard just so Ace will lose control and attack him, then Akainu nails Ace while telling him that fire can not possibly defeat magma.
    • Kind of dark, but he should get another one just for negating the series' infamously thick Plot Armor.
    • We really need a trope for something that's a combination of crossing the Moral Event Horizon and a Moment of Awesome. Crowning Moment of Monster?
      • Somebody mentioned Crowning Moment Of Evil. Maybe it'll work?
    • Akainu's refusal to allow Luffy to live even after being punched by Whitebeard; that man will only be stopped by killing him.
  • Oh Whitebeard, will you ever cease to amaze us? Despite every single hit he's taken. You usually fall over dead when half your fucking face is melted off by magma. Even then he still has enough force to not only smash the Akainu but as well as continued destruction of the HQ along with separating the marines from the pirates.
    • In one hit.
    • Earlier, Akainu made the statement of how he aimed to defend Marineford against tyrants like Whitebeard. So guess what Whitebeard does? He purposely directed attacks towards the buildings, destroying them, while mocking Akainu about protecting it. And after Akainu had killed Ace, in a brutal and calm fashion, Whitebeard smashed and utterly pounded Akainu to the ground in two blows and at the same time, he managed to split the entire island and everything in it in half. Don't mess with Whitebeard.
    • How about the arrival of Blackbeard and his new crew? Zehahahahahahahaha!
  • Whitebeard's death. He dies on his feet, never falling down, from 267 slashes and stabs, 152 bullets, 46 cannonballs, and half his goddamned face being melted off... without a single wound to his back. He never, EVER retreated.
    • That was after he made Blackbeard crap his pants in fear. After BB taunts him, Whitebeard starts beating the ever loving shit out of Blackbeard. Including a Quake to the face. And in the end it took Blackbeard's entire crew attacking all at once to take down GARbeard.
      • And his last words? "The One Piece is out there!". And they were being broadcast to the entire Sabaody Archipelago! Sucks to be Sengoku, as the world's pirates just had their ambitions jump-charged.
      • To put the above words in context, the Marines were pretty close to wiping out pirates everywhere. The current age was slowly ending, and if they had managed to execute a member of Whitebeard's crew without a reprisal, it would have ended right then and there. But then Whitebeard says those last words, and it starts a new age of piracy.
    • On the flip side of the coin, Blackbeard and his crew combine this and the Moral Event Horizon by way of Akainu. Blackbeard took the head quake, a move that may have killed a Vice Admiral and leader of the Giant Squad and a Haki-infused slash to his aorta, and lures Whitebeard into a trap, where they kill Whitebeard like Sonny in The Godfather, and Blackbeard's laugh and lack of pain after the attack shows that he may be sneaky, dirty, and underhanded, but he just took two killing blows, and killed the World's Strongest Man.
  • In Chapter 577, Blackbeard makes the entire world reach for its brown pants when he manages to STEAL the power of the Gura-Gura Fruit from Whitebeard's corpse. That's right: Marshall D. Teach has broken the cardinal rule of "No one can have more than one Devil Fruit", thus becoming, the most powerful man in the world. And if that weren't enough, the two most broken abilities in the series earthquakes and darkness!
    • Also Jinbei tells Akainu to go to hell when he insists on killing Luffy. This is a man made of magma vs. a fishman. Followed shortly by Ivankov using his Hell Wink to get Akainu out of the way.
    • The true Moment of Awesome came when Blackbeard declared, "This age!" So, for all technical reasons, he's declared himself to be Pirate King.
  • Sengoku telling Blackbeard where to shove his talk of sinking Marineford by hitting him with the Buddhist palm in his giant Buddha form, causing Blackbeard and his entire crew to spit up blood from the force of the attack. Do not fuck with Sengoku.
    • Blackbeard gets on in return for still being confident in his ability to win.
  • Akainu is still going at it. It seems nothing will stop this monster. Oh wait, CROCODILE!
    Crocodile: If you want to protect him, you should damn well do it properly! How long do you mean to keep letting [The Marines] get exactly what they want?!
    • Do you honestly think such a measly thing as a bunch of Whitebeard division Commanders and a Level 6 Prisoner could defeat Akainu? The man who can defeat Akainu doesn't have the strength yet.
  • Finally, Trafalgar Law pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment to rescue Luffy.
    • Along with what he says with it - though they may become enemies in the future, he'll be damned if Luffy is going to die today.
  • With the arrival of chapter 579, what sort of awesome will they pull off this t- JESUS CHRIST IT'S SHANKS! GET IN THE CAR!
    • Coby's display of both courage and compassion defying Akainu because he wishes to stop the war and end this senseless violence since the Marines already completed their objective is awesome in so many ways. First of all, if only for a few seconds, he stops the war. All of it. Pirates and Marines alike just stop dead in their tracks. Not just the grunts, either. He managed to get Blackbeard's attention. Now that is an EPIC What the Hell, Hero? speech. As if that wasn't already kickass, Coby, according to Shanks, changed the fate of the entire world due to his seconds of courage. Now that is awesome.
    • What's also awesome is that it goes to show just how far Coby has come ever since we first met him. He started off as a boy who trembled before Alvida and has become someone brave enough to stand up against someone as scary and ruthless as Akainu. Fridge Brilliance when you remember who motivated him to change so drastically. Even more brilliant when you realize whose life Coby just saved... It also shows how much Coby's stayed the same, having the same, "I have no regrets" attitude to almost being killed by Akainu as he was when he was going to be killed by Alvida.
    • Ben Beckman stopping Kizaru in his tracks (with a pistol, no less, something a Logia shouldn't even be concerned by), as well as the sheer Oh Crap! look Akainu and other Marines had once Shanks showed up.
  • How do you end a war? If you're Shanks, you say it's over, and it is. The man only had to state that whoever still wants to fight will have to take them on. Cue the group shot of the crew. Bad. Ass.
  • The reason the World Government can't cover up their massive defeat of the pirates as planned, in the Marineford Arc? Buggy's holding the last Video Transponder Snail, which he uses to give an interview while a battle is going on.
  • Mihawk nails another one in the Marineford Arc, topping his first Moment of Awesome by ten-fold. You know those huge waves Whitebeard created, that Aoikiji froze? He cut the ENTIRE TOP HALF OF ONE CLEAN OFF, AND IT WAS JUST A MISSED ATTACK AT LUFFY!
  • In chapter 599, after Luffy is beaten down once again by Smoker, Hancock comes out of nowhere and saves him, easily swatting aside the Logia user who has been an undisputed Bad Ass up to this point. Yeah, it's becoming pretty clear that she didn't just get into the Warlords with her looks.
  • In the Marineford arc Ivankov's shown that that eyelash thing isn't just a joke. He uses a More Dakka version of it to beat the shit out of Kuma.
    Ivankov: Galaxy Wink!
    • Then we learn in Chapter 560 that he/she knows Kuma...somehow. And Kuma apparently was afraid of him/her. When it turns out Kuma doesn't even recognize them anymore, he/she delivers this ball-bustingly awesome line:
      Ivankov: I don't care if your memories have been erased or vat! If you EVER forget your fear of me....I'LL JUST POUND IT BACK INTO YOUR BODY! PREPARE YOURSEEEEEEELF!
    • How about in 547 when Ivankov smashed through a solid wall with his face?
  • Further evidence that Jinbe is a walking Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • His reaction to a Zombie Apocalypse? Wash it away.
    • Moria realizes his zombies are useless against Jinbei's command over the salt water surrounding the area. He pulls out some of his hidden shadows and absorbs them, dramatically increasing his size before he goes after the Fishman with his gigantic pair of scissors. Jinbei one-shots him.
    • He blocks an attack from Akainu. This guy blocks freaking lava.
      • With his body.

Post-Marineford Arc
  • Doflamingo, on the last page, is with a bunch of Pacifistas and appears to be beating Moria for an undisclosed reason, though he mentions that Moria's death would be a cover up, him purported to have been killed in the Marineford battle. When Moria asks if Sengoku ordered it, all Doflamingo replies with is, "Try higher." ... so... something's going on with the Gorousei/Five Elder Starsnote . Something big. YEAH.
  • How does Blackbeard get 4 level 6 Prisoners to be his crew? By having ALL the Level 6 prisoners battle it out to the death, with the promise of the survivors being set free and allowed to join his crew.
  • Sengoku gets one for having some moral fiber. Upon hearing news that more Level 6 prisoners have escaped than just those in Blackbeard's crew, he immediately wants bounties issued so people will be warned. He is not happy when he learns the World Government is going to pretend the criminals don't exist.
  • And now, a cross between Heartwarming Moment and Moment of Awesome when we're shown the crew's (sometimes tearful) realization of their own lack of strength. Usopp puts it best when he says that he's always thought somewhere inside that Luffy was powerful enough that he could just sit back and watch him just become Pirate King. And then watching their conviction and dedication to becoming stronger so that they can help Luffy as well.
  • Sixteen bells. SIXTEEN BELLS. Luffy sneaks back into Marineford, steals a Marine ship, sails around the area once, fights his way into the Plaza, goes and rings a sacred bell, throws a bouquet of flowers down, gives a solemn moment of silence for Ace and everyone else who died in the war, and escapes. Sure he had Jinbe and Rayleigh with him, but still.
  • Sabo has practically gone and given the world nobles the middle finger, raising his pirate flag and setting sail on the day they were meant to arrive.
  • Rayleigh gets more support for his Badass Grandpa credentials. His ship sinks in stormy weather when he tries to find Luffy on Amazon Lily. What does he do? He swims from the Grand Line, through the Calm Belt, and fights off a Sea King. Damn.
  • The "New World" itself gets this the first time we see it, along with the possible terror it brings. What do pirates in the New World call the first half of the Grand Line? "Paradise".
    • Namely, Basil Hawkins sails to Brownbeard's island, defeats one his men, then calmly sits down on him and does his tarot card thing, then politely asks Brownbeard to repeat what he said as Brownbeard prattles about his relatively low bounty, then muses that he thought his name was so stupid, he misheard him. He then tells him he doesn't like jokes, and he sees Brownbeard's death as he morphs into his Scarecrow form and unsheathes the sword. Not bad.
  • The cover to Chapter 597 shows Gold Roger and Whitebeard posing back to back.

The New World Era

    Return to Sabaody Arc 
  • It's amazing how infamous the crew really has become. Their exploits have made them pirates talked about on a legendary level, and they've left an impression on the New World before they even entered it. While usually rookies aren't taken seriously in the second half of the Grand Line, several of the pirates and marines there speak of them as experienced New World pirates already.
    • The Straw Hats' reputation in the New World is much more impressive when one considers that there are only 9 of them. Where most of the more famous pirates have crews that number in the hundreds or even thousands, they stand out for being so feared despite amounting to 9 people.
  • We all knew it was going to happen, but still, it was great to see Luffy showing off his new skills by taking out the impostors in one go. Right after dodging a bullet at point blank range. Then again, a bullet wouldn't have hurt Luffy anyway because of his rubber powers; he probably just did it to avoid attention.
    • 600 leaves with a tease that he might be doing even more of this in the next chapter, to the same guys.
      • He doesn't end up doing anything to those guys — they get taken out by Pacifistas instead in chapter 601.
  • In 601, Luffy curbstomps a Pacifista, the same thing it took the entire crew to beat the first time.
    • He didn't just beat the Pacifista. He beat it with one punch.
    • What's doubly awesome about this is how Luffy treats it. The Pacifista tries to shoot him with a laser. Luffy quips "Slow." while barely moving his head, activates Gear Second just by flexing his arm (he had to do the leg-pushing pose to activate it before), and comes down on the Pacifista without missing a beat. Bad. Ass.
    • Here's another thing; those beams that the Pacifista use? They're based on Kizaru's ability. The same Kizaru who wiped the floor with the crew on their first encounter.
    • Remember the Pacifista that were beaten by Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji? They were the same ones the Straw Hats encountered before Kuma appeared.
    • Even more badass on TV. Luffy punches the Pacifista so hard, he makes a crater under it!
  • Post time skip, Sanji breaks a Pacifista's neck with a single kick. The last time he tried that he only managed to break his own leg. Damn.
  • Post-timeskip, Usopp got ten times more badass. When the fake Straw Hats are harassing Nami, he shoots them with a "Pop Green", a tiny seed which instantly grows into a man-eating plant. Then, when he finally shows up in the panel, he is absolutely ripped from his training.
  • Post-timeskip, Nami is drinking in a bar where the fake Straw Hats are hanging out, treating the impostors as if they weren't even there. She doesn't even flinch when the fake Name holds a gun to her head. After Usopp shows up and they leave the bar, Nami leaves behind a gaggle of weather balls, which turn into a thunderstorm, filling the entire bar with electricity.
  • Post time-skip: Brook turned what could have been a lifetime in captivity as a sideshow freak into a successful 2 year music career as BROOK, KING OF SOUL MUSIC!
  • And the very next chapter: The Marines have figured out Brook's the same one on his wanted poster and a Straw Hat and want him arrested. His managers sold him out because he was going to make this his last concert, ruining them financially, so they want to take him down with them. Unafraid (for good reason, bullets aren't the best choice of weapon against him), he announces to the world that Luffy is alive and plays one more song. The fans are so elated that they restrain the Marines so he can play. The whole crowd cheers with him: "NEW WORLD!"
  • Give Sentoumaru some credit; post-timeskip, he responds to the fake Luffy's claim to be the real Straw Hat Luffy by slamming his axe on his head with enough force to bury him half-way into the ground. And why? Because the real Luffy isn't a piece of trash like this guy. He then has the Pacifista reveal the impostor's true identity, destroying what little cred he had left. Yet another example of how even the villains are cool in this series.
  • Fake Sogeking attacking Caribou when he tries to kill Drip (Fake Sanji) For a person who was perfectly willing to imitate a crew to intimidate others and use other pirates to reach Raftel, and who had been established as a coward that was pretty awesome.
  • In 602; everyone the Straw hats were with over their two years of training helps the Straw hats escape in their own way. Points awarded to Heracles-n for summoning giant bugs from nowhere to take on marines, and to Silvers Rayleigh for style - he drew a line in the ground with his sword and politely advised the marines not to step over it. Oh, and Hancock once again outright defies the Marines... and promptly gets away with it, again.
    • In addition, there's the nostalgic, amazing, brilliant, awesome of the crew finally reuniting and setting sail once more.

    Fishman Island Arc 
  • ELEPHANT GUN. An armament Haki-infused Gear 3rd technique that Luffy uses to knock out a Kraken.
  • Pfft. Is that all? The following chapters show that Luffy has tamed it. Davy Jones, eat your heart.
  • Chapter 618. Luffy's tied up and there's a crazy man gunning towards him. Luffy one-shots him and then knocks out a giant with one punch. Luffy, who's tied up, manages to lodge the Flying Dutchman captain Vander Decken in the ground in one single go. Then he deals with Decken's Giant Mook (who's probably one of the hugest creatures in this setting) by punching out his front tooth with a Gear Second attack.
  • Chapter 624. Say what you will about Arlong, but for all that he's evil, it takes a special kind of badass to walk out of any level of Impel Down looking just flat out ticked.
  • We all knew it was coming, but after Hody gloats about his evil schemes, poised to slice off King Neptune's head, Luffy exits from Megalo's mouth and gives Hody a Gear 2nd kick right in the solar plexus.
    • And after that, the citizens of Fishman Island are confused as to where the Straw Hats' allegiances lie. Luffy simply answers:
      Luffy: Whether we're friend or foe... is up to you to decide!
  • Then Hody tries to send his army of 100,000 men at Luffy's mere crew of ten... and Luffy drops 50,000 of them with one burst of Haki.
    • Made all the more awesome by Zoro's reaction: "That's what I expect from a guy who calls himself my Captain."
      • You can watch and see for yourselves just how Badass and awesome it was here.
    • The truly best part of this? Luffy didn't need to even do that. This was effectively him punishing Hody for daring to lay claim to his title.
  • Luffy reclaims Surume, the Kraken, through the Power of Friendship. Then sitting on its back laughing as it destroys Hody's men.
  • When Luffy finally starts fighting Hody, it's an utter Curb-Stomp Battle. Luffy just kicks his ass with almost no real effort. This is after Hody got that huge drug induced power boost.
  • Chapter 644: Gomu Gomu no... RED HAWK! The kanji that make up the attack name are the exact same ones as Ace's Fire Fist.
  • Chapter 645: Say it with me, Elephant Gatling!
  • Chapter 647: Luffy is so goddamn badass that he wins the respect of the motherfucking SEA KINGS, the most powerful sea monsters in the world.
  • Chapter 651: Luffy ate several tons of candy at the banquet not knowing that it was the monthly fee Fishman Island paid to Big Mom (who is homicidal enough to burn an island into the ground because they didn't give her candy) for defending it from other pirates. But when she hears the news and threatens to demolish Fishman Island Luffy first tries to bribe her with the treasure they got back from Caribou (knowing that Nami might rip off his balls for it), and when that fails he PERSONALLY takes the blame for the whole incident, and challenges BIG MOM (who's one of the Four Emperors and probably on the same level as Shanks and the late Whitebeard) saying he will go to the New World, kick her ass, AND PROTECT FISHMAN ISLAND HIMSELF AFTERWARDS BY MAKING IT HIS OWN TURF. After all, he is going to become the Pirate King, what other protection do you need?
    • The look of shock on Big Mom's face is priceless. It becomes Fridge Brilliance later on when one takes into consideration who was the protector of the island before. That's right, Whitebeard. He's essentially pulling a Whitebeard. That must have really been quite the surprise for her.
  • It finally happened. Zoro pulled off a Mihawk and cut a ship in half. And then he decides to up the ante by cutting a Pacifista. And a Kraken.
  • Zoro taking the entire Ryugu Palace hostages, and improvisation upon the situation. And being completely nonchalant about it. To one of the three princes.
    • It wasn't just Zoro, it was Usopp, Nami and Brook as well! Fact of the matter is, the Straw Hats can conquer entire castles by accident!
  • Chapter 617. Yes, he has just took on Hody Jones, a Great White Shark Fishman with enough brute strength to crush down a whole wall with his grip. What's so special you ask? He's fighting underwater, where Hody's strength is ten times stronger.
    • Even better, in Chapter 618, Zoro owns Hody Jones. Underwater. With one slash.
    • And the damage caused by that one slash was so severe that Hody has been OD'ing on Energy Steroids just to keep standing.
  • 635: He creates a tornado of blades that one mook likens to a reaper's scythe. When asked how long the tornado will continue to chase them, this is his response:
    To the ends of Hell.
  • In chapter 642, Zoro cuts Hyouzou's swords in half. Lengthwise.
    Zoro: You want to kill me? You can't even kill my boredom!
    • And in chapter 646 he proceeds to one-shot the deadly poisonous merman, with but what looks to be a variation of a simple move, while quoting a line from his battle with Mihawk (that's what the whole frog thing was about).
  • In Chapter 605, Sanji used Diable Jambe (which, to be clear, lights his legs on fire) UNDERWATER to deal massive damage to a ship-eating KRAKEN! Bien Cuit: Grill Shot! He also runs fast enough that he is said to be as fast as a Fishman. Sanji originally had to spin so fast that his leg glows red hot, here he is running UNDERWATER so fast that his leg lights on FIRE. This series throws physics into the sun but now Sanji is just seeing what he can get away with.
  • 635: Running from the Okama's didn't just allow Sanji to run underwater, it also allowed him to run IN THE SKY! Also counts as a Funny moment when you think about it; when Sanji was cornered by the Okamas, he wanted to escape so badly that he spontaneously learned to run UP.
  • 646: Just by remembering his two years in Hell, Sanji can heat up enough to set Wadatsumi aflame just with a kick.
  • 635: Usopp drives Franky's new Dino Tank into battle. Yes, Usopp, the incredibly accurate sharpshooter, is driving a tank.
  • 636: Apparently Usopp's arsenal of Pop Greens includes bamboo plants that grow fast enough to stab/impale enemies, and EXPLODING SKULL GRASS.
  • 643: Usopp's fighting against Daruma, with what seems like no effect, until he suddenly says: "I've just finished laying out my trap. 1... 2... 3... In three moves you will be sniped by me. IT'S OVER!" When he gets called out on this, he replies with this truly magnificent reply:
    Usopp: "It's true... I've deteriorated. I used to lie a lot more... Now I can actually do these things!"
  • And in Chapter 646, he makes good on his claim.
  • Post-timeskip, Nami's Mirage Tempo can now turn her invisible. Making her an even better thief than before.
  • In Chapter 636, she effortlessly and calmly dodges an attack from behind before shooting the guy at point blank with a concentrated wind blast.
    • And in 640 she takes down even more people with what seems to be a thundercloud melee weapon!
  • Chopper protects the Thousand Sunny from a Kraken attack with his Guard Point form!
  • 635: Chopper commanding Franky's huge Dino Tank. And then we get a little 'raaaawwwwrr', which is mostly interpreted as 'Drive me closer, I want to hit them with my hooves'.
  • 636: Chopper reveals that all but one of his seven transformations can be activated without a Rumble Ball. He's also able to go after Tunnel King Daruma on even footing.
    • This Badass Boast in the same chapter:
      I'm not a self-conceited bastard. I'm a self-conceited monster.
  • 645: Chopper can now control Monster Point!
  • Robin finally gets a chance to display a small piece of her training in 629. She can create clones of herself, and move fast enough to intercept Jimbei's and Luffy's attacks and ask them to stop.
    • Albeit, given the nature of the Flower-Flower Fruit, the clones are likely just able to sprout up wherever Robin chooses to make them (within her range). Still a very fast reaction either way.
  • Robin takes Curb-Stomp Battle to a literal extreme in 635. She uses her powers to create gigantic legs to stomp (it's actually the name of the attack) her opponents into the ground.
    • Later, she frees all the New Fishman Pirates' human slaves at once using her powers, then proceeds to one-hit KO the cocky slavedriver who actually thought a net could defeat a Straw Hat Pirate.
    • Before the Time Skip, Robin's level of control topped out at Cien: one hundred. Now? She's up to Mil: one thousand of those "helping hands" at once.
  • Franky has a nose-button that controls his hair, mechanical hands inside his large ones, and a ROCKET LAUNCHER.
    • Three words: FRANKY NIPPLE LIGHTS!
    • Not only does he have smaller hands inside his large ones but he also has a tool box inside one of his arms. It was around this point that Franky's new look became awesome.
  • Franky using the Sunny to Gaon Cannon Hody's crew!
  • In Chapter 635, Franky reveals TWO new creations for the soldier dock system. #4 is a Steel Rhino Bike, while the new number 5 is a FREAKIN DINO TANK!
    • And they combine into a giant robot!
      • This is made even more awesome for Oda because it's revealed that this is a result of the special alloy that Wapol invented and the page on the cover for that chapter was Drum Kingdom.
  • How does Franky start his fight with Ikaros Much? He's just searching for a strong enemy in his giant mech and he randomly punches Ikaros.
  • In chapter 646 Franky reveals his ultimate weapon. A FRICKIN' LASER BEAM!
  • It's revealed in Chapter 629 that Brook can separate his soul from his body and move around like a ghost!
  • You know how Brook previously said that music is his ally during the concert? Well, he can now use it to make people think they're at a festival, allowing him to destroy them without their knowledge. Even better, unlike his humming move, which is just distracting, he actually convinces his victims to fire their cannons into the air harmlessly rather than at their intended target.
  • In Chapter 643, Brook reveals the true power of the Yomi Yomi Fruit, the power to be effectively immortal by manipulating the energy of the soul and also channel Ghostly Chill through his body and sword. An undead 3-meter-tall skeleton with lightning-fast swordplay and the chill of the grave. Talk about Creepy Awesome.
  • This Badass Boast in 645, when the ark Noah is threatening to crush the entire island:
    Our captain, "Straw Hat Luffy", is the man who will one day become Pirate King! If we truly believe that, what is there that could possibly frighten us?
  • After Zeo brags about his Instant Death Radius, Brook does his thing.
    • Leading up to that, when Zeo was making light of death, Brook gets pissed, and responds by absolutely owning Zeo. Thus leading up to the above CMOA.
  • Chapter 633. The crew and the ship get a Big Damn Heroes moment. Franky flies the ship and lands it right in the middle of the square, using the Gaon Cannon to break up the assembled New Fishman Pirates. Luffy is regurgitated by Megalo and takes out Hody. Nami appears out of nowhere, having stolen back the letter the queen worked so hard to get, Robin frees all the prisoners and Neptune's whale takes them to safety, which is all topped off by the entire crew (Zoro and co have freed themselves) lined up and ready to kick ass. Beatdowns will ensue.
  • Chapter 636. Luffy, after promising to protect Surume's brothers whom Hody threatened to kill if he does not listen, calmly walks towards Hody as two New Fishman Pirates officers attack him simultaneously. Unfazed by the assault he simply keeps walking. Zoro and Sanji jump in to protect their captain, each respectively taking down an officer in moments. It becomes an even greater Moment of Awesome after Luffy disappears and suddenly appears again, knocking down Hody yet again with a single kick. His gaze is filled with fury as he is fully aware of how painful losing a brother can be. The best part? He's not even using Gear Second.
  • Chapter 646 can be seen as a single huge moment of awesome composed by the many, above-mentioned moments that merge in a gargantuan one. Is also the chapter with the greatest number of double pages in a row so far.
  • 603: Kuma of all people gets one. He makes a deal with Vegapunk so that his human weapon body protects the Thousand Sunny until the Straw Hats get back. When Franky finally finds it, two years later, his body is completely wrecked and can barely function. What is Kuma's reply to this? 'Mission complete' — Cue slow limp away without a word, and the reveal that the Thousand Sunny is absolutely spotless.
  • New Villain Vander Decken IX gets one. He's a fishman with a fruit ability... that involves throwing things at a target with perfect accuracy, regardless of distance. His current target is the Mermaid Princess. So what does he go and do with this ability? Apart from throwing weapons at the love of his life, he allies with the other fishman villain of the arc, Hody (who is Arlong without the latter's only redeeming quality: being A Father to His Men), and then throws Hody's strongarmed human pirate captives as human artillery to invade the Palace and open it from the inside.
    • Chapter 632 shows just how powerful his ability is. He "throws" the Noah, a gigantic arc, towards Shirahoshi. It's half the size of Fishmen Island.
  • In Arlong's flashback: After Tiger's infamous death he went in a berserk rage and it took Vice Admiral Borsalino (the future Kizaru) himself to knock him down. He surely has balls.
  • Chapter 638: Hody Jones' trident meets Decken's innards.
  • Chapter 650: Aokiji, the only Admiral in the marines who exercised moral justice, fought against Akainu, arguably the strongest and most ruthless man in the Marines, for ten days. And when he lost, not wanting to be Sakazuki's underling, he LEFT THE MARINES.
    • Later on, we get to see the island where those two fought. Half of it is perpetually on fire, the other half frozen solid. Their battle was so intense it permanently altered the climate.
  • Shanks gets a sort of hypothetical moment of awesome for the Fishman Island Arc. Remember that burst of Haki Luffy used to knock out 50,000 guys? Word of God says that, had Shanks done that instead, he would've knocked out everyone, up to and including Hody Jones himself. When you can stop the Big Bad just by being in his general vicinity, you have indeed Awesomeness Is a Force.
  • Neptune: "Merman Combat... ULTRAMARINE!!!"
  • Queen Otohime. Slapping an adult, large fishman in submission? Seen a thousand times. Doing that when you have brittle bones and a frail body? Now, that, is something.
    • Even better when the people of Ryuugu kingdom stops supporting her cause after Tiger's death, she recovers from her Heroic BSOD by getting motherless drunk and calling them all cowards and tossing a Rousing Speech via broadcast system.
    • Not only did Otohime convince the Sun Pirates to spare the Celestial Dragon that they had once been enslaved to, she went with the Dragon to Mariejois and convinced the Celestial Dragons, the most tyrannical and villainous nobles to ever be depicted, to sign a peace treaty with Fishman Island!! She is definitely one of the most Bad Ass Proper Lady ever!
    • It looks like Shirahoshi takes after her mother, seeing as she kept the fact that Hody Jones was her mother's killer secret because she was afraid that if people learned about it, they'd get angry at Hody, and it would break her final promise with her mother, which is "to not bear any ill will to the assassin".
  • The Three Princes when they charge into the Plaza King Neptune is being held in. Most of Neptune's Army has been stomped by the Sea Beasts (who've been given the strength drugs). These guys? These guys take out ALL OF THEM. While giving a speech.
  • Jinbe has one when the now-monster Hody Jones attempts to kill the gigantic mermaid princess Shirahoshi with one of his water shots, which can go as far as the edge of the island. Jinbe blocks it with one of his own.
    Jinbe: I don't pretend to know where you got your power... but your amateur Fishman Karate pales in front of mine.
  • Chapter 637: Shirahoshi is committing a Heroic Sacrifice in order to stop a colossal arc from destroying the island.
  • Chapter 639. Jinbe does a roundhouse kick that would make Chuck Norris proud. It effortlessly deflects the fist of a giant.
    • Quickly followed by Sanji bashing Wadatsumi's skull with a kick and joining forces with Jinbe to take down the colossus.
  • First the citizens in the square in chapter 642, and then all the rest in chapter 644 decide to stay. Live, or die, they will share the same fate as the Straw Hats. That takes guts.
  • 646: Jinbe hit the now colossal Wadatsumi so hard that the blow came out the other side. He's the size of a freaking palace and Jinbe manages to puncture him on the opposite end.
  • 647: Shirahoshi successfully summons the Sea Kings to stop Noah. She even gets in the way of Luffy's Elephant Gatling to stop his assault.
  • 648: Jinbe giving blood to Luffy in full defiance of Fishman Island's laws. When pointed out, he has this to say.
    Jinbe: "I'm a pirate."
    • In the same chapter, it is revealed that Gold Roger could also understand Sea Kings.
  • In 651, it's noted that the Kid Pirates destroyed two of Big Mam's ships. Just to reiterate, they attacked and destroyed two ships belonging to one of the Four Emperors, and this one is known for razing countries if slighted. This being the second example of such an attack, clearly the Supernovas are either fearless or insane, possibly both.
  • Caribou, after getting beaten up by Luffy, realizes that Pekoms now has the treasure he stole. He foolishly attacks Pekoms, only to learn very quickly that the lion-man is not to be trifled with. Like all his battles thus far, Caribou goes down like a chump.

    Punk Hazard Arc 
  • There is a nice one for Luffy in chapter 661. Not that he does something, but when Brownbeard finally realizes who he is, he and his centaur lackeys shat their collective pants. It really shows how infamous Luffy has become.
    • Becomes even more obvious when many underworld brokers showed utter shock that Caesar had managed to catch him along with Robin, Law, and Smoker. It seems Luffy left an impression on the New World before he actually entered it.
  • Then, in Chapter 667, Luffy shows off a new move that enables him to absorb an enemy's attack and return it with twice the power.
  • Chapter 670, Luffy continues to show off his Haki skills by effortlessly grabbing Smoker's arm and pinning him to the ground, the same way Smoker stopped him waaaay back in Loguetown. Granted, Law's ability switched Smoker and Tashigi's bodies, and he was really fighting Tashigi. But it shows growth.
  • Then in the next chapter, he begins his fight with Caesar, a Logia type, and utterly stomps him, at least until Caesar pulled a sneak attack by sucking out all the oxygen around Luffy.
  • Chapter 678, Gum Gum UFO. That is all.
  • Chapter 689: After Caesar Clown boasts about he's being protected by too many big names of the New World (Doflamingo, and by extension, one of the Four Emperors among others) for Luffy to do a thing, Luffy punches him square in the face and sends him flying, saying he's already taken on guys like this many times.
  • Chapter 692: Grizzly. Magnum. Luffy hits Caesar, who is powered up with Shinokuni, with an Armament Haki-charged Bazooka that blows him through the lab walls. Take in account that Shinokuni petrifies alive whoever gets in contact with it. Luffy No Sold it.
  • Chapter 696 reveals the rest of the discussion between him and Law where their alliance was formed: Luffy, with a cheerful smile, announced his intend to defeat all of the Four Emperors. He had asked which one Law was going on against, but the only thing that mattered to him was that Shanks wasn't the first to fall.
    • Fridge Brilliance sets in when you realize it's this feat that made Ryuuma, who's sort of like a prototype of him, legendary. Then again, Zoro beat Ryuuma as a zombie back in Thriller Bark; this event just cements the fact that Zoro's surpassing Ryuuma's legend.
  • Chapter 669: Zoro cuts a mountaintop in half with one hand, effortlessly, while half asleep.
  • Chapter 678: Zoro's short but poignant words to Luffy before he heads off to fight Caesar
    Pull it together, from here on out it's the New World!
  • Chapter 687: Tashigi insists that Zoro refuses to fight women at full strength even against a logia devil fruit user and taking over his fight with Monet. When Monet gets the upper hand, Zoro nicks Monet across the cheek to get her attention and warns her he is going to cut her. His killing aura is so great the previously fearless Monet is frozen in place while Zoro proceeds to cutting Monet in half without using Haki. This terrifies Monet to the point that her Logia powers won't work and she can't pull herself back to together again.
  • 680: Sanji saves the chapter's Damsel in Distress, Tashigi, by kicking a Vice-Admiral. In the face.
  • In 661, Usopp manages to keep BOTH Luffy and Robin afloat in freezing water while Zoro goes to work on a group of sharks.
  • In 692, Usopp knocks out some of Caesar's mooks, followed by this line, which reflects on Usopp's growth:
    Usopp: That's what you get for putting up a fight, idiots! If you want another helping of my strongest slingshot, the Matured Black Kabuto, just say the word!
    • But it gets better... one of his victims is Caesar Clown himself, who he brings down by shooting a Seastone chain at his neck as he boasts about his logia powers.
  • Awesome implications for Nami come when Sanji, after being body-swapped with her by Trafalgar Law, tries to perform the Blue Walk in her body, wondering if her muscles will be strong enough to actually perform the technique, and they are.
  • In 695, Nami takes down two of Doflamingo's strongest assassins by using a homing lightning to bring them down.
  • Franky fights Baby 5 and Buffalo in General Franky for 2 chapters, without getting a single scratch from their attacks.
    • And it gets better. The General Franky can use the Gaon Cannon, as Baby 5 and Buffalo find out the hard way.
  • When Brook saves Luffy's group from the centaur patrol on Punk Hazard by freezing the barrels of their guns, causing them to blow up.
  • YMMV, Chapter 654: In the last two pages, we have this. Straw Hats surfacing into the New World.
    Usopp: The weather is terrible!!
    Brook: Yohoho~~ The sky is pouring!!
    Robin: The wind is blowing strong!
    Franky: The sea is crashing!!
    Nami: The compass' needle is all over the place!!
    Chopper: The sea looks red!!
    Sanji: A surging sea of flames!!
    Zoro: It looks like the entrance to hell.
    Luffy: PERFECT!!!!
    • Really, the best part about this exchange is that most of them are smiling when they say this.
  • Chapter 679: Zoro, Brook, and their latest ally Kinemon as the Three Musketeers (as Usopp puts it).
  • Chapter 682: Brook, Nami, Usopp, Robin, and Kinemon take down a smaller dragon.
  • Chapter 686: The Straw Hats' fight with Monet. With Tashigi stepping in as well to team up with Zoro at the end of the chapter.
  • Caesar Clown, in his battle against Luffy: His poisonous gas didn't work, and Luffy managed to dodge his explosions. His answer? Stop playing mister Nice Guy and removing all the oxygen around Luffy, knocking him unconscious.
  • Vergo's establishing moment, specifically almost killing Law by squashing his very heart and bitch-slapping him with a bamboo cane when he doesn't call him "Vergo-San".
  • Doflamingo's first appearance post Time Skip. He's just casually spending time at a resort when Baby 5 attacks him, but he effortlessly dodges all of her attacks all while having a casual conversation. Then he controls her to point a gun at her head without even looking.
    • Doflamingo's actions after hearing that things aren't going well in Punk Hazard. Doflamingo decides to go there. By flying.
    • Oh, and what does he do when he gets there? Only curb stomp a Vice Admiral. The VA's name? Smoker.
    • Let's not forget before Smoker gets killed, Kuzan/Aokiji pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment by owning Doflamingo before he delivers the final blow on Smoker.
  • Smoker gets a ton in the Punk Hazard arc. He fights a Warlord of the Sea (and it's Trafalgar Law, to boot) and almost beats him. Even when stuck in Tashigi's body, which is explicitly weaker than his, he was still fast enough and strong enough to startle post-Time Skip Luffy. Then, after he got back into his own body, he started beating Vergo, who had curbstomped Law, who had beaten him. Smoker is still as Badass as ever, perhaps even more so.
  • As of Chapter 659, Law is now one of the Shichibukai. How did he get the position? Sending the hearts of 100 pirates to the World Government. Brutal.
    • And at the end of Chapter 660, he flips over a FREAKIN' MARINE SHIP with his devil fruit power!
    • He cut out Smoker's heart. Smoker is a Logia with Haki, and Law cut his heart out. Damn.
      • This really is impressive, considering the fact that beating Smoker in a one-on-one fight is a feat that not even Luffy has managed, though, admittedly, one he probably could now.
  • Kinemon. He can CUT EXPLOSIONS!
    • He treats cutting steel (a feat for which Zoro himself had to work hard to learn) as a very easy task.
  • Remember that dragon the Straw Hats encountered on Punk Hazard? No, not the one that Zoro cut up, the one pulling the sled full of apples after Smiley died. Remember how it was goofy and really non-threatening, well chapter 680 reveals that it's only like that because it was drugged. Now that it's better than normal, it's even tougher than the one Zoro fought earlier.
  • In Chapter 690, Law gets a Hannibal Lecture from Doflamingo, who claims that whether in speed or power, he's nothing compared to Vergo. The latter charges at Law, with his entire body hardened by Haki to protect him from Law's ability... and Law cuts him in half effortlessly. He also cut the SAD tanks that were behind him, and the rest of the fucking island behind that.
    • What's more, for the first time in the story, Doflamingo actually STOPS SMILING because of this.
    • It's more than that if those veins on his forehead are anything to go by. This is a serious Break the Haughty moment for the smug git.
  • Chapter 691, continues with Vergo being annoyed at Law hanging his head and limbs against the SAD's bar fence, then attempts a Hannibal Lecture implying a Dark and Troubled Past that Doflamingo had and that it is naive for him to think he could replace him. Law responds by cutting Vergo's head in vertical halves and says that he should worry about himself because the place is going to be explode, ending with him calling him "pirate" just to mock him. Translates to I'm leaving you to die and you can't get away even if you tried.
  • Law manages to up the ante in chapter 694. Monet's ready to blow up the whole lab with everyone in it, and Caesar is ready to kill Smoker by stabbing his heart. The one thing both of them didn't count on was Law swapping Smoker's heart with Monet's before handing it over to Caesar, who ended up killing Monet instead, therefore stopping her from blowing up the island. Law himself has been a HUGE Spanner in the Works for Caesar and Doflamingo for the whole arc, starting by switching all the Seastone cuffs in the island for regular ones, from wiping out all of Caesar's major forces directly and indirectly.
  • Chapter 697, Law strikes up a very mafioso-esque deal with Doflamingo. He sends him the (still alive) heads of Buffalo and Baby 5 and offers to give Caesar back, on the condition that Doflamingo step down from the Seven Warlords. If he accepts, he'll be back to being a pirate and the admirals will reign down on him. If he doesn't, he'll have to deal with Kaido of the Four Emperors. This deal actually enrages Doflamingo, the first time we've seen.
  • Chapter 698 gives us a few bits of WHAM episodes. First, we have Doflamingo arriving at Punk Hazard and taking out G-5 with ease using Conqueror's Haki. Then we have Smoker refusing to tell where the Straw Hats went... right before being defeated by Doflamingo. Then, after Doflamingo takes out Smoker... Aokiji shows up!

    Dressrosa Arc 
  • Chapter 703: While waiting for the tournament for the Mera Mera no Mi to begin, one of the gladiators notices Luffy (disguised as "Lucy"), who is admittedly puny compared to all the other competitors (including the gladiator in question, who is ten times larger than Luffy), and immediately claims that he shouldn't be here and tries to punch him. Luffy dodges the punch effortlessly, grabs the guy's arm, which is thicker than his entire body, lifts the guy up by about six or so feet and slams him down to the ground, knocking the guy out cold and bleeding and stunning all those watching.
  • Upon entering the tournament, Luffy momentarily forgot his own disguise and referred to himself as Luffy. Everyone else in the room, all of them powerful and vicious warriors, absolutely lose their shit at the very thought of Luffy being in the area. Luffy isn't just The Dreaded in the New World; he's Nightmare Fuel incarnate!
  • He does it again in chapter 714: After the giant Hajrudin takes down a fighting bull that Luffy has tamed and befriended, Luffy enters Tranquil Fury mode and takes out the giant with one single punch. Everybody was absolutely speechless.
  • In chapter 718, Luffy unveiled a new technique, "Gomu Gomu no Hawk Rifle", which was so strong, that it caused Don Chinjao to cough up blood even though he was using Armament Haki.
  • He then topped that in chapter 719 when he won the C Block with perhaps his strongest move shown so far, "Gomu Gomu no Thor Elephant Gun".
    • Luffy's Grandpa Garp managed to hit Don Chinjao's Haki Charged Super Drill Head so hard that he not only flattened it, he bent it inwards. Luffy hits it so hard, that it turns back to normal.
  • Though Luffy is not yet aware of it, his defeat of Chinjao gained him a powerful ally, Chinjao himself, grateful for Luffy restoring his "drill." He has sworn to put his grandsons' fleet under Luffy's command.
    • As of chapter 748, Luffy knows now. He, Zoro, and Law now have an army of not just Chinjao and his grandsons, but every single named fighter from the tournament, including Cavendish helping them try to take Doflamingo down.
  • Chapter 759: When Luffy and Law have finally caught up to Doflamingo, but the villain is not interested in directly fighting them, using his String-String powers instead. So what does Luffy do? He plays up getting really pissed off and goes after Law, the latter catches on and uses his Op-Op power to swap places with Doflamingo! Luffy of all people, used an Indy Ploy! Not only that, for the first time in the entire series, Doflamingo has received a damaging blow!
    • And it wasn't just any punch Luffy used: it was a Red Hawk. And this one punch brought Doflamingo to his knees.
    • See it here in the anime.
  • Chapter 749: Part awesome and part funny - After Zoro managed to block Pica's giant sword from harming Luffy, he tells Luffy to go to Doflamingo's place. Then he delivers this line for Pica:
    Sorry, but my captain has no business dealing with a pebble like you. Now why don't we have fun, you soprano bastard?
  • Chapter 754: 108 Pound Cannon just got upgraded to 1080 Pound Cannon
    "I forgot to tell you something. The Straw Hat Pirates aren't all just Straw Hat Luffy and God Usopp. Get this through your thick skull! I'm the man that will one day be this world's best swordsman! You were never in my league to begin with!
  • 712: Sanji trapped and surrounded at all sides, wins over his main captor—a woman with vision powers—by allowing her to see into his heart and see that he was honest with her from their first meeting, including recognizing when she was truthful when pleaded with him for help.
  • 723: Sanji saving Chopper, Nami and Brook from Doflamingo
  • Chapter 730: Sanji prepares to lead a counterattack against Big Mom's ship.
  • Chapter 741 After running away from the battlefield at the end of 740, Usopp hears the cries of the Dwarves getting horribly beaten and manages to not only sum up enough courage to return, but to admit to the Dwarves that he was lying the whole time and even though he's not related to Noland, he will still be their hero. He then cuts Trebol with a giant grass shuriken.
    Usopp: My name is Usopp! Remember it well, Tontatta! And if I die here, you better build me a statue right next to Noland's! From here on out, I will be your legendary hero!
    • And then in the following chapter, it's revealed that Usopp has seemingly been defeated by Trebol and Sugar, the latter of whom intends to feed him the spiked grape that was intended for her. As she does so, Usopp lets out a terrifying face, scaring the brat into unconsciousness and making the mission a success and even making allies out of those gladiators that were recently converted to toys.
      • It gets even better. When Doflamingo issues personal bounties for his Involuntary Battle to the Death game for Dressrosa upon those who wronged him, Usopp receives the biggest bounty of 500,000,000 Beri. For reference, Luffy's current official World Government issued bounty is lower than what Doflamingo put on Usopp's head. And his title? God Usopp.
      • On top of that: Remember Usopp's trademark boast of having 8000 followers? Consider how many people must be following him after that. One lie after another coming true, hm?
  • Chapter 758 is basically one big moment of awesome for Usopp, from his speech about Sugar to his awakening of Haki, but his crowning moment in the chapter, if not the whole series up to that point, is the fact that he managed to knock Sugar out again by shooting a special projectile Kanjuro made for him, from an even bigger distance than in Enies Lobby, and with even more parameters to take into account. Pure Awesomeness by Analysis.
    • "I'm the sniper; support is glory! Unnoticed by others, I shoot down the enemy to protect my friends!" Damn, Usopp. You've come a long way.
    • It was in that moment that Usopp truly proved that he is the King of Snipers. Hands down.
  • Some Adaptation Expansion in anime episode 653 shows Nami taking a bigger role in taking down Giolla, blasting her with the Sunny's Gaon Cannon before delivering the final shot with her Thunderbolt Tempo.
  • In chapter 722, Brook performs a Fake Heel Turn to trick the enemy attacking the Thousand Sunny-Jora, a Mad Artist who uses the power of her Devil Fruit to transform her victims into powerless living paintings—going so far as to offer to play some mood music. Which serves as a distraction for his signature humming sword style...
    (Cue Jora being struck down by multiple slashes)
    • In conclusion? Not only did he beat a foe who had neutralized the crew protecting the Thousand Sunny (himself, Nami, Chopper, and Momonosuke), but he turned one of his usual comedic tics into a Badass Boast! Hot damn, Soul King; you make us proud!
  • Chapter 711 reveals Doflamingo never actually left the Seven Warlords, managing to outgambit Law's gambit.
  • Guess who is a member of the Shichibukai now? It's BUGGY! That's right, a guy who was formerly considered merely average even by East Blue standards has become a major pirate. Sure, it's mainly thanks to a number of lucky coincidences, but still!
  • The new Dressrosa/Tournament arc in and on itself appears to be one big one, introducing lots of interesting characters. But one character in particular seems to stand out. It's JESUS BURGESS, member of Blackbeard's pirate crew, who, in chapter 704, seems to have wiped the ground with all of his opponents in the battle royale round without getting a scratch on him! Consider that the other contestants are mainly New World pirates (i.e. immensely powerful)
  • One of the first things Bellamy does while in the area? Nails two fighters to the ground, jumps over them and breaks both their backs. Yeah, he definitely Took a Level in Badass.
  • Doflamingo has gotten another one during chapter 722. So far, he's fought on par with a Marine Admiral and Trafalgar Law, and set up a Batman Gambit to fake stepping down from the Shichibukai. So how could he top that, some might ask? By delivering one hell of a Wham Line when talking about how a certain 19 kings became the Celestial Dragons 800 years ago, and how their countries selected new kings to replace the original "creator families:"
    Doflamingo: The 'creator' family that went to live in the "Holy Land" Marejois... was the Donquixote Family!!
  • Chapter 727 reveals how Doflamingo took over Dressrosa. He forced King Riku to give him 10 billion Berries or else he'd start a war. Having gone 800 years without one, Riku gave in and begged his country to give all their money. But before they could finish, Doflamingo used his powers to control Riku and the soldiers to slaughter the people, using Monet as a mole, then stops the army with his own crew to gain the instant respect of the nation. To give context, Crocodile took years to launch his invasion of Alabasta, Doflamingo did it in ONE NIGHT.
    • Then again Doflamingo had prepared his coup for at least months, not unlike Crocodile: it was a success thanks to Monet infiltrating the royal castle and Vergo infiltrating the Marine.
  • Chapter 738 has Trebol showing off his crazy hand-eye coordination by shooting a moving fly between the eyes! At the end of the chapter, he tosses a ship at the tower with just a few strings of his Sticky Sticky Fruit powers.
  • Chapter 745 shows that not only is Doflamingo alive and well from his "beheading", but it turns out that he made a string clone that could take his place. But the real awesome comes from slicing the upper castle off just to cut Kyros' head off with a kick. And even when Luffy narrowly saves Kyros, Doffy proceeds to tank all of Gear Second Luffy's attacks before ordering his henchman Pica to kick everybody out of the building. Looking forward to Round 2, but at least we know that when the Big Bad of this arc is a Warlord, he ain't gonna be a pushover to Luffy.
  • Chapter 760 has Doflamingo quickly recovering from Luffy's attack and proceeding to wipe the floor with him and Law (and rescuing Trebol while he's at it) in very short order. Of particular note is him using Armament Haki with a kick to defeat Luffy's own usage of the technique.
    • The last point deserves some more elaboration. We've seen Haki overwhelm Haki before, such as Vergo against Smoker and Law against Vergo, but this is the first time we've seen a Haki-user get hit so hard their Haki turned off.
  • Chapter 764 shows that you can burn down his house, beat him to a pulp, shoot him in the chest, and string him up to slowly roast to death over open flames, but you can never ever break Donquixote Doflamingo's pride. Not even when he's just a child.
  • Chapter 766 features the Donquixote Family arriving on Minion Island, garbed in badass winter gear and showing off just how powerful they appeared in their prime. Specific mention goes to Gladius and Senor Pink, who pull off their outfits especially well.
    • Doflamingo using a beta version of the Bird Cage. Though it's not as massive as the one he'll develop in later years, it's still powerful enough to murder everyone under it.
  • Chapter 767 reveals how Doflamingo and his family escaped the mob that had captured them in Chapter 764. He used Haki.
  • Doflamingo grabbing the blade of Law's nodachi with his bare hands in Chapter 768.
    • Followed by him hacking off Law's right arm!
    • He also completely No Sell'd "Mes," Law's heart-removal technique that dropped a Vice Admiral.
    • Also, even though he's heavily wounded, Bellamy decides to fight Luffy. Say what you want about his motivations, he's come a long way from the bully who picked on supposed weaklings and mocked their dreams.
  • Chapter 731 strongly hints at Sabo having survived, and now he's taking Luffy's place as "Lucy"!
  • Chapter 701 introduces a new mystery character based on Zatoichi, and has his japanese actor for the role - and just as his role, he's a blind guy... who immediately uses some sort of gravitational pull on the thugs trying to swindle him to make a GIANT SINKHOLE IN THE FLOOR. Talk about making a first impression!
    • Said character's name? Admiral Fujitora.
    • Chapter 713 shows how far his powers reach. He can summon meteors!
  • Both Cavendish and Don Chinjao get one in chapter 708. Chinjao by showing a headbutt attack that earned him a fantastical bounty of 500,000,000 (one of the highest in the series so far) and is capable of crushing continents, and Cavendish by blocking said attack with a sword that is hardly large enough to serve as Chinjao's toothpick.
  • 709: Elizabello the Second shows his Yonkou-killing attack. It does NOT disappoint, sending EVERYONE, including Blue Gilly, Bellamy and everyone else in the ring flying.
    • Followed by a major Trolling Moment of Awesome by Bartolomeo, who reveals that he can create barriers strong enough to block even THAT! And then he one-shots Elizabello, winning the match.
  • 711-712: Doflamingo reveals that he Out-Gambitted Law by giving a false report that he resigned from the Seven Warlords. To make give it an even greater shock, the only ones with the power to pull off such a stunt are the World Nobles, meaning that Doflamingo's connections go farther than anyone ever imagined.
  • 713: Fujitora shows what he's made of... by casually starting the attack on Law by dropping a huge meteor on the island they're on, an action which causes a minor Oh Crap! from Doflamingo. Bonus points for Doflamingo and Law for slicing the thing before it could hit them.
  • A very short and easy to miss moment in chapter 714: when Cavendish and Bartolomeo meet up, the latter tries to grab some of the former's food... but backs away when his hand is threatened with a simple fork. Now, when you remember that Bartolomeo spent his entire match so utterly invincible he didn't even need to pretend defending himself, and now he is casually threatened to back off and does, it becomes a very impressive indicator of Cavendish's power.
  • One of those blink-and-you miss it moments that's easy to overlook: The Tontatta dwarves revere Montblanc Noland as a hero. No surprise there, as anyone who's gone through the Skypeia arc knows perfectly well Noland's a badass. What's easily overlooked, however, is that the Tontatta Kingdom and Dressrosa are in the New World. Four hundred years ago, the Grand Line appeared to have been even more feared and treacherous than it is now, and Noland went that one step further and ventured into the New World on top of that.
  • Chapter 724: Law is an indisputable Badass in this chapter. After saving Sanji from Doflamingo, he proceeds to tell the Straw Hats to go without him, leaving himself behind to face of Doflamingo one-on-one with Jora as a hostage. Just before they are about to fight, Law reveals that he was never after Kaido — his main target has always been Doflamingo. He states that even if he does die in the coming battle, Doflamingo will still die at the hands of Kaido after the Straw Hats destroy the SMILEs factory, and as much he would love to see the chaos that would unfold after his death, his revenge comes first and he is fully prepared to die for it.
  • Chapter 727: The fact that the Riku family managed to avoid any wars for 800 years shows how well they run their country.
  • Chapter 737: Sabo shows off how strong he is by shattering Burgess' armor with a Haki-infused claw attack.
  • Chapter 739: The Toy Soldier's true identity is the legendary Kyros, who is renowned through Dressrosa for battling in 3000 matches and never getting hit once.
  • Chapter 742: Sugar has passed out, and all of the toys in Dressrosa are about to be restored to their original forms, and the memories of them are going to return.
  • Chapter 743: After Kyros gets turned back into a human, he rushes at Doflamingo with only one leg and friggin slices his head off! HO-LY CRAP!
  • Chapter 748: Don Chinjao and Elizabello II showcase their power some more by taking Pica head on (who is currently the size of Oars at this point) and smashing his hand!
  • Chapter 750: Sabo stands alone against Fujitora, Bastille, and an army of grunts. Armed only with his pipe, his Haki, and his new fire powers.
  • Chapter 751: Sabo effortlessly curbstomps Bastille, a marine vice-admiral! Holy crap!
  • Chapter 752: Abdullah and Jeet arriving just in time to save Luffy, Law, and Ucy from Doflamingo's string clone.
  • Chapter 759: Law mere seconds after switching with Doflamingo, dispatches Trebol with ease. Keep in mind that guy was considered one of the strongest of Doflamingo's executives, and Law brought him down almost as an afterthought while chewing out Luffy for that crazy scheme.
  • Chapter 763: LAW IS A D?!
  • Chapter 765 gives one for Corazon showing what he can do when having to steal the Ope Ope No Mi for Law from pirates - He uses his fruit, and then sets a fire that doesn't make any noise, and when the pirates are distracted he shoots out the lights without making a sound, and in the confusion he runs in, kicks their leader in the face and steals the fruit, then JUMPS OUT THE WINDOW HE JUST BROKE SILENTLY. And for god measure, he throws in a grenade... which explodes in complete silence. And he doesn't get undone by his own clumsiness ONCE during all of that.
  • Corazon tops himself in Chapter 767. He uses his Devil Fruit to silence Law, then lies to Doflamingo's face that he escaped, while leaning against the chest he locked Law into. If that wasn't enough, after Doflamingo fatally shoots him, Corazon keeps himself alive through sheer willpower as long as possible, so that Law wouldn't be able to make noise and alert the Donquixote family to his presence as they carried him to safety. Refuge in Audacity and Papa Wolf are a mighty combination indeed.
  • Chapter 770: Hajruden was worf'd by Luffy in the colosseum, and is now getting worf'd by Donquixote officer Machvise. Machvise prepares to finish the giant off with a more powerful version of his belly-flop, but Hajruden, reflecting on his desire to repay the Straw Hats for saving him from being a Living Toy, gets up and counters the belly flop with an uppercut. Even though the force of the collision shatters his forearm, Hajruden manages to punch Machvise into the air, turning the Fat Bastard into a bloody smear against the top of the Birdcage. After seeing several chapters of the Donquixote Pirates being seemingly unstoppable, this is very satisfying. On top of that, it is one of the rare moments in One Piece where a member of the main villains in the arc is decisively taken down by someone other than a Straw Hat (or a future Straw Hat member). It's even more awesome in the anime.
    • Let's be blunt, here. Harjudin overpowered a collision of ten thousand tons. No, no guesstimation, no room for error, literally ten thousand tons. All with one good arm, while shattering said arm and one of his leg's bones in the process, and he still managed enough force to send Machvise hurtling into the ceiling of the birdcage thousands of feet in the air. This man is truly worthy of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.
  • Chapter 771: Sai on the spur of the moment, develops a kick that rivals Don Chinjao's headbutt in terms of sheer power- and uses it to take down Donquixote Officer Lao G when the latter attacks him in Super Mode.
  • Chapter 772: Dellinger turns out to be a descendant of the FIGHTING FISH, Bartolomeo creates a gigantic barrier and steamrolls Gladius's soldiers as well as Cavendish, and because of that, Hakuba awakens once again and takes down Dellinger in ONE HIT.
  • Chapter 773: Bartolomeo defeats Gladius with a homage to Luffy's Signature Move.
    • Remember how unstoppably fast Hakuba is? Robin effortlessly stops him in mid-attack.
      • Which is a subtly awesome call-back to one of the first times Robin's power is fully shown. She's told people before, speed is nothing to her. Not even Hakuba, who's so fast his sword strikes are like the wind attacking. It's got nothing on Robin.
  • Chapter 774: Leo and Kabu's Big Damn Heroes moment. Seconds before Jora manages to use Manshelly's Swiss Army Tears to revive her unconscious teammates, they burst in. Kabu knocks the unconscious executives away with one punch (especially impressive considering one of the KOed executives is the Fat Bastard Machvise), then Leo uses his power to stitch them to Jora while they're still airborne, causing them to crash right into her, knocking her out. All that at lightning-fast speed.
  • Chapter 775 features the long-awaited battle between Senor Pink and Franky, and it does not disappoint. Since they've started their fight at the Smile Factory, the two have done nothing but trade punches and suplexes, both refusing to dodge the other's attacks. Franky is stated to have taken 30 suplexes. Pink acknowledges that he isn't as young as he used to be, so he decides to go for broke and unleash his ultimate attack on Franky; if the Cyborg survives, then it's Pink's loss. Pink uses his Swim-Swim powers to carry Franky up to the top of the Factory, and unleashes the mother of all suplexes directly on Franky's back, which is still his weakspot. Once the dust settles...Franky gets back up and hammers Pink with Franky Iron Boxing. Pink just takes it like a man, and once done, Franky wipes away the tears off his Worthy Opponent's eyes.
  • Hero of the Colosseum: Kyros vs Diamante. Kyros is one-legged, has up until this point ran all the way across Dressrosa, climbed up the mountain to the flower fields, and spent most of the fight defending Rebecca, but he takes everything Diamante throws at him. When Diamante makes it rain spiked steel balls, Kyros just deflects them with his sword. Diamante shoots Kyros in the leg, causing his focus to loosen and receives maybe hundreds of spikes falling down on him. But, even when he's cut up, he just gets up and takes Diamante down in one slash - through Diamante's own powerful slash (and breaks Diamante's sword in the process) at that.
    • The highlight of the fight being when he DEFLECTED RAIN
    Kyros: My pain is proof of my humanity!! You would not understand that!!! You would not understand the despair of being forgotten by your loved ones!!! The pain of not being able to feel anything that you touch!!! Compared to the rain of tragedy you have inflicted upon Dressrosa this does not even count as pain!!! If I am "solid" anything then I am this country's solid rage here to vanquish you!!!!
  • Chapter 777: Diamante is knocked into Scarlett's grave so hard it snaps his neck. Scarlett just got her revenge from beyond the grave.
  • Chapter 778: Tactics No. 5
    • Pica has abandoned Zoro on a cliff to go crush King Riku and Usopp. Knowing that he can't fire off a Razor Wind powerful enough that far or jump across the distance, Zoro has Orlumbus Fastball Special him across the huge gap. With G-forces pressing against him, Zoro cuts Pica's giant stone body to pieces, until the Donquixote Executive doesn't have a big enough rock to hide in. Going full-body Haki, Pica attacks Zoro... who easily cuts him down. Sanzen Sekai!!
      Zoro: Nine mountains. Eight seas... nothing I cannot cut... Three Thousand Worlds!!!!
      • This is even more awesome when you consider that Sanzen Sekai was the move he used against Mihawk which failed to do anything to the latter. Here we see the move at its true full potential.
    • As well as this line when he knocks him out "Don't mess with good people!"
    • One to King Riku for standing his ground and giving Pica a Shut Up, Hannibal! as the latter is about to crush him.
      Riku: You are correct... I was helpless to protect my kingdom!! I will never sit atop the throne again. But at least I did what I must to remain human!!! If murder is the only means for me to live then I chose death!! There is no future for a nation of slaughter!!!!
    • And finally, when it seems that everyone will be crushed by the rubble anyway, Elizabello II, back at the cliff Zoro started out on, uses his King Punch to blow the rocks away- across a distance that Zoro thought his own flying slash attacks wouldn't reach.
      • May also count as one for Zoro as well, as he told Elizabello to reserve his strength until it's really needed. It's likely that he saw this coming.
    • The crowd's reaction really sells it. Absolutely everyone had an Oh Crap! look when they saw him cutting the city-sized Pica into pieces.
  • Chapter 779: Mihawk states it's possible to channel Haki into swords. Given what color his own sword is, that either means the blade itself is black or he's so strong he can permanently charge it with Haki.
  • Chapter 780: Law flips off Doflamingo.
    • And he has the balls to tell Doflamingo to bring Corazon back to life and lick the asshole of every last poor citizen in Dressrosa whose life he ruined in exchange for performing the Ope-Ope no Mi's ultimate technique Immortality Surgery on him.
    • While the anime censored out the gesture, it more than made up for it by taking Law's Badass Boast about the Straw Hats and playing a montage of their most awesome feats over it.
  • Gum Gum Hawk Gatling. That is all.
    • Doffy gets one for blocking an Elephant gun with his hand. (granted he had the help of his strings but still)
  • Chapter 781: Law isn't dead, to put it mildly. First, he wakes up, and he and Luffy combine attacks to make Doflamingo feel some serious pain. When asked how he can use his powers without a Room running, he reveals that he's had a massive (and thus, undetectable) one up the entire battle. He then proceeds to make Doflamingo bleed for what he did to Corazon. Holy damn, Law.
    • Gamma Knife. In the world of One Piece, there is almost no such thing as a form of attack that legitimately can't be survived, no matter how absurd or intense. Well, Law created one. It essentially ignores the skin to flay your internal organs in one shot. Indeed, it would be impossible to survive if Dolflamingo's power wasn't inherently a perfect counter for it.
      • Even better in the anime, where the gorgeous animation really hammers the attack home as Law rams it into Doflamingo's chest.
      • Doflamingo gets one in this respect. He's able to cheat death by stitching up his mangled organs with flawless precision by simply concentrating. It's just like when Wyper struck Eneru with a Reject Dial and he used his Devil Fruit power to restart his own heart.
    • Luffy taking Trebol out with one hit. And this was to shut him up.
    • The last page. Luffy & Doflamingo stare down. Shit is about to get real!
      • Not to mention how Luffy stopped Doflamingo's Finishing Stomp on Law with one leg from an angle with no leverage. Without batting an eye. DAMN, he's strong.
  • Chapter 782: Law is stuck to the ground by Trebol's mucus and seemingly at his enemies' mercy. Just as Trebol is about to finish him off, Law conjures up a small Room, uses his powers to move his severed arm still holding his sword towards him, then spins the arm around like a buzzsaw, cutting and heavily wounding Trebol.
    • Luffy gets a few more hits on Doflamingo, the last of which was Gum Gum Hawk Bazooka.
    • The rest of Doflamingo's past has been revealed to us. He apparently obtained Haki since he was a kid, and that his four executives have raised him the entire time. For as much of a Psycho-Jerkass as he is, you cannot deny how cool it was for his executives to bow to him with respect for his days to come.
      • On the other hand, it's because of the power they gave him by supporting him, and because of how they encouraged his entitlement complex, that he was able to become the monster he is today. All the suffering, all the atrocities, all the horror and misery, it's all on those four. Having encouraged and fostered his cruelty and selfishness, they are completely at fault for the suffering of countless innocents.
  • Chapter 783: Two words: Gear Fourth.
    • Leading up to that moment is Luffy giving Doflamingo a huge middle finger when he tries his usual guilt tripping by saying things in Dressrosa would have been peaceful had the Straw Hats not shown up.
    Luffy: You’re wrong! You’re getting in MY way! The "peace" you're talking about is fake! You made my friend cry and my comrades angry! Even after all that you’re still standing! So I’ll take it all! I won't let anyone else die! You and your birdcage... are getting in my way! Gear…FOURTH.
  • Chapter 784. Gear Fourth. Luffy created a transformation that brings out the fullest capabilities of a rubber body: Gear Fourth, a Spiritual Successor to the tremendous, once-off Nightmare Luffy that allows him to achieve flight and it is devastating.
    • The color spread for this issue! It's the usual beautiful work you have come to expect only this time with zombies. What makes this awesome? Well, when's the last time we've seen zombies? More to the point, what had many people the world over been guessing for Gear Fourth's basis? It's almost as if Oda is giving a quiet nod to say "yes, you're pretty much on-base."
    • While everyone (well, not including those who are fighting or near the center, anyway) else is trying to run away from the impending doom called the Bird Cage, there's only one man who's willing to go the exact opposite way. Roronoa Zoro. And this time, it's not because he's lost.
    Zoro: You don't know? We're going to go block that thing.
  • Chapter 785:
    • With a Call Back to Impel Down, of all arcs, Doflamingo reestablished awakened Devil Fruit powers. He then promptly continued saying that his DF powers, when awakened, would allow you to transform the environment around you into string, and then manipulate said string to fight others.
    • Luffy's answer was to ponder this briefly and then just hit him even harder, ending the chapter by once again sending Doflamingo flying, leaving him embedded in the outer wall of his palace.
    • King Riku, upon seeing his citizens giving up hope, gives a Rousing Speech and encourages everyone to hold on, with the belief that Luffy will win. It works. It even moves an exhausted grandmother to suddenly run fast, much to the awe of her granddaughter.
  • Chapter 786:
    • Doflamingo is down! The people rejoice! Then he gets back up.
    • With Luffy down for the count for the next ten minutes, Jesus Burgess decides to take advantage of the situation and tries to strike a killing blown on him...and promptly gets kicked in the face by Sabo.
  • Chapter 787:
    • In this corner, the First Mate of the Emperor Blackbeard, the man who upseated Whitebeard himself, arguably the strongest of Blackbeard's original crew, Jesus Burgess! In the other corner, the right hand of Monkey D. Dragon. Aaaaand there goes Burgess.
      • To be fair though, Burgess shows once more why he sits where he is. A single lariat from him rips clean through a multitude of stone buildings from what appears to be dozens of meters away.
    • The birdcage is closing in, and it's down to the wire. Luffy needs four more minutes until he can end this once and for all. The birdcage only needs three before the slaughter begins. Only one force stands in its way now: the Straw Hat crew and their allies throughout this arc, spearheaded by none other than Roronoa Zoro.
  • Chapter 788: Everyone's helping out in pushing the Birdcage: Kin'emon, Kanjuro and even Fujitora help Zoro, the Marines help push the factory, and the gladiators, Robin, the dwarves and the citizens help push the cage thanks to Bartolomeo's barriers. They make it clear that there's no way in hell they're going down without a fight.
    Fujitora: I guess you really can't leave the insane to their own devices! I may not have much strength left in these old bones, but... allow me the honor of assisting you!!
    • Viola fighting Doflamingo by herself, just to stall for time and protect the citizens. Considering how well she knows how powerful and how utterly insane he is, she has ovaries of steel.
  • Chapter 789: Luffy's Big Damn Heroes moment: Mansherry's healing powers' effect starts to run out, causing some of the gladiators who were pushing the Birdcage to pass out, and Doflamingo is causing Rebecca to charge at Viola. But just before she can cut her down, Luffy recovers, and with Law's help, manages to step in and break Rebecca's sword with his Haki-imbued head in the nick of time. Even better is the build-up to it, with the citizens of Dressrosa chanting Luffy's name and counting the seconds before his recovery, and Gatz taunting Doflamingo by saying that Dressrosa will be his "execution ground".
  • Chapter 790: Luffy does not disappoint. After Doflamingo pulls out all the stops by turning what's left of Dressrosa into string, Luffy responds by turning into Gear Fourth again. He then makes good on his promise to defeat Doflamingo with one last blow — a punch so powerful that it splits the town in half. More significantly, Luffy shattered Doflamingo's shades.
    • King Kong Gun. It does split the town in half, but not only that — it splits the town in half, blows both halves into the sky as upturned slabs of land, and sends entire chunks carrying multiple buildings splitting off and flying into the air. If one didn't believe Luffy is a potential island-buster after the timeskip, it'd be damn hard to argue it now.
    • A subtle one. After Doflamingo severely beats Luffy, he uses his Parasite technique to control him and forcefully walk him over. Doffy tries to break Luffy by talking again, but he'll have none of that and goes Gear Fourth, snapping the strings. Doflamingo's Signature Move, which he has used since his introduction, that could control the likes of Vice-Admirals, Jozu of the Whitebeard Pirates, and even Sanji, with no one able to resist it, and Luffy No Sells it!
  • Chapter 791: The impossible has happened: Doflamingo has FINALLY been defeated!! After years of being an insufferable, unstoppable monster—both in-universe, and out—Luffy finally crushed the prick's hold over a country he's ruled for over a decade. And unlike Chapter 786, it's not a fake-out this time—Birdcage disappearing confirms that Doflamingo has lost consciousness, and the battle for Dressrosa is finally over. Everyone bawling their eyes out over the fact seals the deal.
  • Chapter 792: Fujitora having the balls to not inform the World Government about what happened to Dressrosa yet but instead broadcast to the countries that are neighboring Dressrosa on what really happened in the country, including telling them that the Straw Hat and Heart Pirate Alliance took down Doflamingo, and that the whole reason Doflamingo was able to torment Dressrosa for so long was because the World Government allowed Doflamingo to become a Warlord. Then he, an Admiral, and the Marines get on their knees and bow to Riku in apology for all the World Government has done to them. And this was broadcast to the other countries, so there can be no way the World Government can cover this up. In short, the World Government just got humiliated in a big way. And it is so satisfying.
    • After Burgess pushes Sabo's Berserk Button so hard it breaks, Sabo answers with a point-blank Fire Fist, taking out Burgess effortlessly. He then says that he won't mull over Ace's death again, because he knows Ace would never forgive him if he did.
  • Chapter 793: is a series of continuously awesome moments expressed through dialogue. Some highlights included:
    • Akainu's screaming match with the Five Elder Stars. He may be a Knight Templar, but he has his marine pride, and will not take crap from anyone, World Government and World Nobles included.
    • Fujitora's determination to do the right thing was partially inspired by Smoker's own distasteful experience in Alabasta. Smoker's power may not be among the top dogs of the New World, but his own idealism and determination has earned him a very powerful ally.
    • Fujitora bowed down to King Riku despite the running camera snail. He then exclaimed his belief that a man who let pirates run wild on innocent folks has no place to act as though he dispenses justice late. Later on, he proceeds to scream his beliefs defiantly to the aforementioned hot-blooded, prideful and extremely powerful Akainu. Already a powerful fighter despite his blindness, this chapter really showed us Fujitora's strength of character.
      • Fujitora doesn't just tell off Akainu, he basically calls the man a little bitch when he responds to Akainu's claims of "dragging the face of justice through the mud" by yelling that "If your face is all you care about, keep it tucked away where it won't get hurt!!" Akainu gets his back, though; Fujitora is now Persona Non Grata and banned from all Marine bases until he brings both Luffy and Law back with him. Fujitora is perfectly happy with that.
  • Chapter 795: The reveal of Kaido the King of Beasts was equal part chilling and awesome. First, we are treated to something akin to a meteor that wrecked half of Kidd's base. Then it turns out to be a hole the size of a giant with horns. Back up a few minutes to see what really happened. Turns out it was a man who had jumped off a sky island and straight into the ground. Then the narrator slowly recounts the man's life and how he had suffered many defeats, endured countless tortures, been sentenced to death various times and wrecked at least 9 prison ships built to contain him. To sum it all up, "This man is unkillable". He's Emperor Kaido the King of Beasts, a hulking monstrosity full of muscle, horns and rage that intends to start the biggest war this world has ever seen. And why did he jump off of that sky island? Because he's so amused by his inability to be harmed by anything that he's taken up attempting suicide as a hobby!
    • The anime manages to enhance the epicness by actually showing some of those attempts...then have Kaido cause a shockwave across the entire island just by yelling.
  • Before we move the focus onto the next arc, can we just give Oda a round of applause for Donquixote Doflamingo? Not any specific moment either; everything about his character was epic in this arc. This may be a little subjective, but he was by far one of the most interesting, entertaining, and dynamic villains ever introduced in One Piece. And to back that up, just look at the amount of tropes on his character entry! Even with the issues most fans had with Dressrosa's less than optimal pacing, I think it can be agreed that Doflamingo elevated the arc in every scene he was in, up to and including how satisfying it was to see him crushed by Luffy.
  • As of Chapter 798, after everyone else has shat themselves at Fujitora's display of might, Luffy, instead of heading to the boat, takes him on solely because an Admiral is an obstacle he has to overcome on his way to becoming Pirate King, starting by actually bruising him and sending him flying with an Elephant Gun.
    • Chapter 799: More than that, he holds his own, giving Fujitora a solid run for his money before being forced to leave the fight by his comrades. For the first time, we see Fujitora truly pushed in a fight, and he acknowledges Luffy's spirit and might.
    • After they escaped from Fujitora, The Corrida Colosseum gladiators, as well as Leo and a whole bunch of dwarves, ally themselves into seven crews, and request Luffy takes them under their wing, as their boss. If Luffy accepts, that means the crew will have seven subdivisions, not unlike the Whitebeard Pirates, and 5640 people will join.
  • As of chapter 800, the Straw Hat Grand Fleet is born. As a result, Luffy has started to become the new Whitebeard in terms of military strength.
  • In chapter 801, the Straw Hats see their new bounties. The collective bounties for the crew have nearly doubled with the largest increase (percentage wise) goes to God Usopp with a bounty of 200 million, which also makes him the third highest bounty on the crew.
    • It should be noted again (if it hasn't been here already) that Usopp is supposed to physically be the weakest member of the crew... and yet he is out-ranking one of the Big Three (Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji) in terms of bounty. If it were anyone else, it would be fairly impressive, but because this is Usopp we're talking about, this makes it incredibly awesome.
    • Rob Lucci is back, and has joined CP-0, the strongest Cipher Pol unit.
  • The entire Doflamingo arc has another level of retroactive awesome in that it shows that Luffy and Zoro, the most dangerous of them, up until this arc, have yet to show their true powers.

    Zou Arc 
  • Chapter 802:
    • We are introduced to the "alleged" son of Whitebeard, Edward Weevil. Now, while it is still up in the air if he is in fact his son, Weevil is not only a Shichibukai with the highest bounty of all current/former Shichibukai, he also uses a bisento like Whitebeard does. What's more, the guy has been hunting down anyone associated with Whitebeard, and so far, has taken down 16 of the allied pirates by himself with no damage visible!
    • Though it was mostly Played for Laughs, Bartolomeo's crew making it to the New World despite being laughably incompetent and not even having a navigator is awesome in itself.
  • Chapter 803: Though it might not be as awesome as one might think, we get to see Buggy the Clown after two years! The guy has done some crazy work and now uses pirate mercenaries to get all the gold he wants! The real gem of awesome, however, is the fact that when he hears that Doflamingo has finally been removed from the "market," the world turns to him to get the men necessary for the wars going on. Doesn't hurt that he gives a death glare when he hears that Harjudin has left with the rest of the giants that were part of his Pirate Dispatch Society.
    • That Death Glare was just the beginning though. His crew-mate knew Buggy wasn't gonna be any happier to hear that Harjudin left to join Luffy.
  • Chapter 804: We are introduced to Carrot, a member of the Mink Tribe, who might look like your stereotypical Cute Monster Girl (a rabbit, no less) but pulls off one heck of an entrance. To elaborate: she dashes right at Zoro, jumps out of the way of his sword, and somehow manages to fire an electric attack when Zoro goes to block her sharp claws!
  • Chapter 805: We get to see more of the Mink Tribe, and they are proving to be quite the species in One Piece. Not only are they tough enough to go toe-to-toe with Luffy and Jean Bart of the Heart Pirates, apparently, they're so good at avoiding detection that Luffy didn't even know he was surrounded until an order was shouted by one of them to pull back!
  • Chapter 807: We get to see (in a Flashback) exactly what Sanji's group had to do in order to get away from Big Mom's flagship (properly named the "Singing Ship" ). Not only did they get away from Baron Tamago and Pekoms, but we also learned they were able to avoid capture by Capone Bege! How did they do this you ask? First, Brook freezes the cannonballs, then Chopper, in Monster Point, uses Caesar Clown to catch all of the cannonballs to shoot them towards Sanji, who kicks them with Diable Jambe to make literal fireballs for their counter attack, damaging the side of Big Mom's ship! To finish this whole flashback of awesome, Nami uses her Sorcery Clima-Tact to make a dense fog to finally get away.
  • Chapter 808:
    • We finally get to see Jack in person, or rather in Zoan Form, and as previously thought by many, it turns out that Jack has eaten a Devil Fruit that lets him turn into a mammoth! The kicker? Jack is also one of Kaido's top men, and according to Sheepshead, Jack is known as "Jack the Drought" for being so strong that whatever village he's in ends up looking as though a drought hit the place.
    • And special mention once more goes to the Mink Tribe for having an entire population of warriors. As quoted by Gramps Mon, the Mink don't have any weaklings (even their infants, as in their toddlers, can fend for themselves).
  • Chapter 809
    • Duke Dogstorm manages to stop an attack from Jack's trunk without flinching.
    • Our introduction of the Cat Viper has him grab Jack's trunk and body slam him.
    • Special mention to Jack for managing to achieve the highest known bounty in the series so far. One billion berries. ONE. FREAKING. BILLION. For reference, this bounty is twice as big as Luffy's bounty, which is five hundred million.
  • Chapter 810: Both a Villainous and a Heroic example of Awesome is the battle between Jack and the Mink Tribe. It takes 5 days AND nights for both sides to grow tired. On the Heroic side, the Minks were actually able to hold out for those days and nights and would've won had Jack not resorted to the gas bomb. On the Villain side, Jack himself for fighting for those days without giving an inch, even when he had been body slammed prior by the Cat Viper.
  • Chapter 811:
    • On this chapter, we have a moment of Awesome coupled with a Moment of Heartwarming as we watch the rest of the flashback play out on how the rest of the Straw Hats helped the Minks after Jack's attack. Special points for calling back Brook and Sanji's attack on Sheepshead and Nami for cooling down Wanda.
    • Chopper steps up, takes charge, and reminds us all that he's more than just a cute Team Pet Mascot by organizing the treatment of all the injured and gassed Minks.
  • Chapter 812: Bege gets a magnificent one when he seamlessly betrays Pekoms, unleashes his men to surround Sanji and Brook, apprehends Nami and Chopper, and tricks Caesar into revealing himself and surrendering. All without a single hitch.
  • Chapter 813: Though it ends on a more depressing note, Sanji still shows his Guile Hero chops to great effect. He waits until his Observation Haki finds backup nearby (backup no less than Cat viper, who found Pekoms wounded from earlier) before forcing Nami, Chopper, and Brook out of Bege's castle. He further ensures their safety by immediately stealing a gun and putting it to Caesar's head. And all the while, Sanji taunts Bege with the fact that, invitation from Big Mom aside, he's basically untouchable due to the circumstances behind his "Only Alive" wanted poster (and, by proxy, his wedding). Never forget that Sanji's got a hell of a brain to go along with his monster strength.
  • Chapter 816: Combined with Moment of Heartwarming, the revelation that the entire Mink tribe actually had been hiding Raizo on Zou the whole time, and repeatedly and successfully lied to Jack's face about it despite being gassed, beaten, tortured, and/or dismembered. Not one single person — not even the children — gave him away, on accident or on purpose.
  • Chapter 817: Raizo the ninja is finally shown. While he doesn't look as cool as Usopp, Luffy and Chopper imagined, and he claims that ninjutsu ain't for show... he suddenly surprises the three by disappearing with a Smoke Bomb, doing Self-Duplication, summoning a lot of shurikens that he throws at the wall to create the "Shinobi" kanji, and finally, saying "Nin-nin". The three are completely awestruck because of this.
  • Chapter 818: After a decade and adventure after adventure, a clear end-goal is laid out for Luffy to become Pirate King. We know the nature of the island of Raftel where One Piece itself rests. The catch? Reaching it requires four poneglyphs, one of which the Minks have, one of which is lost. The other two? In the possession of Big Mom and Kaido. The means to reach Roger's treasure and accomplish his dream are finally clear... and the road to it is as hard as it could possibly be. Luffy's managed to defeat three Shichibukai (Warlords), but now he's going to have to go through two of the Yonko (Emperors)! Also consider: Shanks is still out there as well, and one of Luffy's promises was to one day face him as an equal. Finally, we have Blackbeard, who has the same goal as Luffy and is likely after One Piece himself. So to become the Pirate King, Luffy may well have to defeat all four of them. Throw in the wildcards of the World Government and the Revolutionaries, and you start to picture the scope of what's happening. Never mind gaining One Piece; just getting there is likely to upset the entire world order.
    • Granted, we knew he was going to do so anyway back when he first talked to Law: Fight Kaido because that was the goal of his alliance with Law, Big Mom for Fishman Island, Shanks because of the promise and Blackbeard because he was the one that sent Ace to his death. We just have more reasons for Kaido and Big Mom; freeing Wano and helping the Minks with the former, and saving Sanji with the latter.
  • Chapter 820: Villain example. Jack's arrived back at Zou again and he opts to not bother fighting the minks again. Is he afraid that, after getting clobbered by two admirals and three vice-admirals that he and his forces are going to lose against the Minks note ? Nope. He just doesn't want to bother with them, and he's going to attack Zou itself. Let me make this clear: the recently beaten-down Jack has decided to attack the world's biggest, millennia-old elephant just because he can. One of the most gutsy and epic examples of Cutting the Knot ever.
  • Chapter 821: Zunisha proceeds to sink Jack's entire fleet with one single swipe of its trunk. Made even better by Jack's face; you can only see his eye, but it's nonetheless clear that he knows he's screwed.
    • Let's not forget the bit of information about Momonosuke and Luffy: They were the only ones able to hear Zunisha like Oden and Roger. Special props go to Momonosuke as his voice was the one that reached Zunisha, not Luffy!

    Whole Cake Island Arc 
  • Chapter 823: Vivi jumps from a crow's nest several hundred feet in the air to the ground without getting a scratch or any assistance! Not to mention she was in high heels!
    • While more along the lines of funny, Carrot, a Cute Monster Girl snaps and almost kills Luffy by going for his throat! The reason? For starting to eat her carrot, of all things!
  • Chapter 824: Kaido and Jack definitely have earn their names as Emperor and Calamity, respectively. To elaborate: Even after Jack got hit by a giant elephant's trunk that sunk all of his ships and destroyed his crew, somehow he is not only alive after that, but, despite having Devil Fruit powers, he's alive at the bottom of the ocean! Kaido, on the other hand, shows us a bit of his strength as he sends two poor Mooks flying while he is drunk and it is obvious he took out Eustass Kidd, one of the Worst Generation, leading to other implications about Hawkins, Apoo (who has been hinted to have become Kaido's underling), and Killer.
  • Chapter 826: We get to meet two of Sanji's siblings, Vinsmoke Yonji and Reiju, and the two are formidable (especially Reiju). Though Yonji was kicked with enough force to be sent flying, he comes back with no real damage and only being soaked for his trouble. Reiju, on the other hand, decides to help Luffy out and sucks the poison (that was actually killing Luffy, no less) saying it was a "delectable treat" for her, and showing none of the symptoms of the poison after sucking it out of Luffy through a kiss!


    Cover Story Mini-Arcs and Chapter 0 
  • Buggy rescuing his crew from the Bear Claw Tribe, especially since he had recently gotten his Butt Monkey status cemented. He ends it by firing a Buggy Ball into the village, completely obliterating it.
  • From the "0th" chapter, Gold Lion Shiki tries to get Gold Roger and his crew to join Shiki's massive fleet of ships, as well as get the information on one of the ancient weapons. Roger's answer is "I'm going to crush you all!" Now one might suspect this suicide, as Shiki has a fleet, whilst Roger has one ship, the Oro Jackson. However despite this - and with a bit of help from the weather - Roger's crew destroys half of Shiki's fleet, with Shiki himself getting a part of a (presumably his ship's) helm stuck in the back of his head. The battle was declared a "draw", we here at tvtropes call that a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • Apparently, Garp turned down a promotion to ADMIRAL! Which means he isn't just merely as strong as a Vice-Admiral; he's probably one of the few men who can fight Whitebeard one-on-one!
      • Shiki deserves many praises as well. It takes the current Fleet Admiral Sengoku and Vice-Admiral Garp to take him down, and their battle destroyed half of Marineford! In order to escape from Impel Down, he proceeds to CUT OFF HIS OWN FEET, and then escape! Afterwards, he ties the swords he used to use in battle onto the stumps of his feet. He then uses these to walk around on. To top it off, he is creating a plan he is going to put in motion 20 years from then, I.E. the present day, which will create HELL ON EARTH! This Omnicidal Maniac is one to NEVER be underestimated!

    Movies and Filler: 
  • Movie 5, during the fight against Saga: "If that sword is the strongest, then I must be the very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very strongest!"
  • The 10th movie Strong World or more specifically the scene in which the Straw Hats sans Nami crash Shiki's meeting with the pirate captains (all in dress clothes) with their guns over their shoulders.
    Luffy: Nami didn't come here as a sacrifice. She came as a vanguard!!
    (Straw Hats get their guns out)
    Luffy: Brace yourself, Golden Lion Shiki. We are the main force!!!
    (Straw Hats start firing)
  • A good three-fer from One Piece Film: Strong World.
    • First naturally, we have Luffy, filled with righteous fury and with a little help from the weather, managing to defeat Shiki, a legendary pirate who fought Gold Roger himself. Even Shiki can't believe that he'd been bested by someone from the world's weakest sea, East Blue, not once, but twice.
    • Then there's Nami, who works to sabotage Shiki's plans by destroying the beast repellent Daft Green, despite the fact that exposure to the toxic substance poisons her, and Shiki poisons her even further when he discovers what she's been doing. Even after this, she feeds his men false information, so that his floating base gets caught in a giant storm, destabilizing things even further.
    • Finally, there's Usopp, who during the crew's second meeting with Shiki, channels his Water 7 self and scathingly chews Nami out for leaving them and joining Shiki's crew and how Luffy wouldn't forgive her, despite the fact that Shiki has a gigantic boulder over his head. Granted, he didn't know her real motivations yet, but coming from Usopp, who's usually comic relief and had left the crew in the past himself, this is a pretty gutsy thing for him to do. He helps set up Luffy's final attack.
  • And again from the 10th movie, the utterly Bad Ass, Determinator, awesome scene where the Straw Hat crew, dressed in classy suits, storms Shiki's stronghold.
  • Filler though it may be, but episode 59 has a pretty good one. While the Commodore is prepping the Super Giant Cannon to destroy the Going Merry, Nami and the others are trying to turn the ship around. Usopp, with a single shot of one of their cannons, hits the SGC perfectly and caused it to go off and destroy it.
    • Grandpa Ryu spends most of the arc worn out and barely able to move. Then Eric manhandles his little friend Apis. The dragon gets ticked off and with one swing of his wing sends Eric flying out of sight. Then emits a roar so loud it causes waves. While he doesn't have enough strength to take care of Nelson too, it takes more or less a small Navy fleet bombarding him with cannon fire to bring him down. Note, Ryu is more or less on his deathbed here.
  • Despite being only part of a filler episode and not showcasing Sanji's excellent martial skills, Sanji's impersonation as a Marine chef is one of his finest moments. After being challenged by the Marine base's staff, which thought that he and Luffy were snobby chefs from Mariejois, Sanji showcases not only his fine culinary skills in preparing 100 delicious meals but also his resourcefulness and understanding of cooking with the unused parts of the ingredients previously used by the kitchen staff. Definitely one of the highlights of the G8 Arc!
  • The G8 Arc itself is a Moment of Awesome for the anime, despite being filler.
  • Vice-Admiral Jonathan Drake. Despite being the main antagonist of a Filler Arc, he proves himself to be a Badass. How? He nearly captures all the Straw Hat Pirates without fighting once. Just using careful deduction and being an overall Chessmaster, he figures out where each pirate is. Even better, Sanji notes that no one can be that relaxed without having a few tricks up his sleeve. This is before we learn that Haki is required to become a Vice-Admiral. When standing face-to-face to Luffy, he cares more about trying to figure out why they'd come to his base and the endless puzzle that is what they had to gain for the Alabasta incident. And finally, when is said and done, he merely notes that, despite losing, it gave the men something to do. He isn't even that upset when he lost. Awesome. He probably would have captured them if Smug Snake Commander Shepherd didn't get involved. In the end, Shepherd gets to go home in shame. He'd come looking for a reason to shut the fortress down. Instead, the entire incident vindicated the fortress since they basically drove off a rising crew of infamous pirates and came out much better for it.