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Characters: One Piece: Straw Hat Pirates, After East Blue
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    "Cotton Candy Lover" Dr. Tony Tony Chopper 
"See...? Now I'm a real pirate!!"

Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP)† ; Brina Palencia (EN, Funi), Lisa Ortiz (EN, 4Kids)

Tony Tony Chopper serves as the ship's doctor. He's a reindeer who was cast out of his herd for having a blue nose, later compounded by eating the Human-Human Fruit (Hito Hito no Mi) and being feared by the people of Drum Island as a monster. Although he initially mistrusted humans, after having met and joined the Straw Hats, he has become very curious about the world and is eager to please.

Although he doesn't normally look that way in his default form, he's not exactly a wimp when it comes to fighting. In his most humanlike form, he's quite tall and very strong. He has certain combat advantages in each of his three regular forms, and has developed a drug called the Rumble Ball to unlock more, though it carries considerable risk. In terms of personality, he's a bit naive and gullible, occasionally experiences bouts of paranoia (especially early on as he learns to trust humans), and gets combative when praise is heaped on him (though his body language usually portrays more positive feelings).

His dream is to become a doctor capable of curing all disease, due to his accidentally hastening the death of his already sickly father-figure, Dr. Hiruluk. He has also resolved to prove himself as a man worthy of being a pirate, which sometimes seems at odds with his child-like behavior and gullible personality.

His bounty is 50 Berries. The World Government is apparently unaware of his capabilities as a doctor or a fighter, and consider him the crew's pet.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: A send-up of Rudolph.
  • Artistic License - Biology: The incident where Chopper's left antler got cut off was six years prior to his introduction. Surely he would've grown several new sets by now, right?
    • His post time-skip reindeer form has both antlers fully grown, but him still wearing the metal brace so it's probably a memento.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Except for when he's Chopperman.
  • Beast Man: In his Heavy Point.
  • Berserk Button: First, do not call yourself a "Doctor" and hurt people like Hogback does. Second, Do Not turn innocent children into drug addicts and call it for their own good.
    • He's not a tanuki! Or a gorilla! (Heavy Point) Or a beetle! (post-time-skip Horn Point)
  • Bishounen Line: His Horn Point form looks notably more human after the time-skip. (But Luffy called him a beetle due to the horns.)
  • Breakout Character: Chopper ended up becoming the series' mascot, with most of the series' merchandise being Chopper related and even getting his own Spinoff.
  • Broken Pedestal: Dr. Hogback. He was unwilling to admit that he was connected to Moria, but declared he was no longer worthy of being called a doctor after learning this.
  • Cherry Blossoms: A part of his arc, introduction and jolly roger.
  • Combat Medic
  • Cowardly Lion: Like Usopp, he can be a scaredy-cat at times. Once push comes into shove, however...
    • Not so much after the Time Skip, it seems. He's already faced down a particularly vicious Shark Fishman without losing his confident grin for a second.
    • Luffy raising the fear level to one of the four emperors was too much even for the new Chopper.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Being a Ridiculously Cute Critter, naturally he's voiced by women.
  • Cry Cute: Being a bit of a scaredy-cat, and very, very cute, he does this a lot.
    • He seems to have to gotten over this Post-Time Skip.
  • Cute Bruiser: Oh so much!
  • Deadly Doctor: Developed a drug specifically to be used for battle, albeit only on himself.
    • Uses his anatomical knowledge to tell the other Straw Hats exactly what they need to do to break Oars' spine.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The Rumble Balls give him access to four extra forms (in addition to his default three) for a period of three minutes. If he takes two within six hours, he loses control of his transformations. If he takes three, he ends up in "Monster Point", an uncontrollable beast who is a danger to his comrades and himself.
    • He can now control Monster Point for a few minutes but is still drained for a two to three hours afterward.
  • Eat the Dog: Sanji jokes at first about him being their emergency rations.
  • Enemy Scan: Brain Point gives him the power to scan for his enemy's weak points. He doesn't use it much anymore.
  • Expy: Of Rudolph, natch. Unfortunately, while Rudolph is able to gain acceptance, Chopper's situation gets even worse after he eats the Human Human fruit, and when he encounters the herd years later while searching for a cure for Hiruluk, he gets attacked by them for no good reason.
  • Foreshadowing: A minor case at best, but the hat that he wears in the 10th movie is what he eventually wears after the Time Skip.
  • Funny Animal: In his Walk Point, which is his true form.
  • Genius Ditz: He's a doctor and really knows his craft, but he may be even more excitable than Luffy (he believes Usopp's tall tales, for one). He also did not seem to be able to tell the Fake Straw Hats were fake right away.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Initially inverted, as he wore shorts but usually not shirts. He wore a jacket in Enies Lobby, but no shirt under. Averted since the time skip, since he now wears an A-shirt.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His Brain Point, though all his forms bar Walk count.
  • Happy Dance: When a human flatters him with a compliment, Chopper tries to put up a front that he doesn't need patronizing comments from them, but he relishes the praise and starts doing a swaying dance with his mouth hanging open in a gawky smile (a Shout-Out to Ken Shimura's "Dirty Old Man Dance") that reveals his inner happiness.
  • Honor Before Reason: One time when Gedatsu drowned one of his enforcers with his swamp cloud attack, Chopper felt duty-bound as a doctor to save him. This did involve going into Heavy Point and beating on his chest.
  • Hour of Power: Actually three minutes of power, but that's all the time he needs to kick somebody's ass with his Rumble Ball.
  • I Am Not Weasel: People often mistake his default form for a tanuki. His Heavy Point form is mistaken for a gorilla.
  • In a Single Bound: Jumping Point.
  • Intellectual Animal: At age 17, the Doogie Howser, M.D. of intellectual animals.
  • Jerkass Façade: However, it's very flimsy. When he receives mushy praise, he responds with jovial insults, though usually while waving his arms cutely or doing a happy dance.
    • At the beginning of episode 128, the royal doctor of Alabasta hung a lampshade on it when he "translated" Chopper's insults as gratitude.
    • He likely picked this up from Dr. Kureha, who never openly complimented his growing skill as a doctor, and literally chased him off with her stash of ornamental weaponry when he left, but obviously respected his skill and cared about him (and still does – after he left, she referred to him as "my stupid son").
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Inadvertently became one and Oda decided to ramp up his Chibi qualities to accentuate his cuteness even more.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Kung Fu Point.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Guard Point.
  • The Medic: His role in the crew as doctor.
  • Mighty Glacier: His Heavy Point, Arm Point and Monster Point forms.
  • Morality Pet: To Robin. She bonds with him very quickly after doing her damndest trying to dispel his image of her being really scary, and she generally has his welfare in mind during battle. She also becomes really pissed at Franky after Franky talks with his regular potty mouth and scowl in Chopper's Body.
    • Also, threatening Chopper is the easiest way to get the protective side out Zoro.
  • My Greatest Failure: When his mentor/father figure Dr. Hiriluk fell ill, Chopper tried to nurse him back to health. He only succeeded in getting him killed.
    • Possibly subverted. Apparently, Dr. Hiriluk knew the mushroom was poisonous, but used it anyway to hasten his death, as he had a terminal illness, in addition to making his adoptive "son" feel good about himself. Then he blew himself up at Wapol's castle before the mushroom could kill him.
  • Never Bareheaded: He always wears his pink hat.
    • Post-time skip, he is always wearing his new cap, which is actually a bonnet on top of his old hat.
  • Nice Guy
  • Nice Hat: Given to him by Dr. Hiriluk. Best not to ask how he managed to get it on there.
    • Or how he puts it on, as several times he's been seen without it, and later with it on.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Isn't attracted to human females, so he's the only male character who can see Nami naked with impunity. This could be from the fact that Chopper is a doctor and is used to seeing naked bodies. Also because he's not really human.
    • Later in the story he's completely unable to tell his friends from a group of imposters, so maybe humans just all look similar to him.
  • Power Fist: In Arm Point.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • Running Gag: Chopper's complete inability to hide behind corners. He hides backwards so only his head is hidden and the rest of his body is exposed.
    • When somebody gets injured, Chopper has a tendency to call for a doctor, only for someone nearby to remind him that he's the doctor.
    • See I Am Not Weasel above.
    • When complimented, he acts like a tsundere and says it doesn't affect him, while doing a happy dance that totally shows how he really feels (See Jerkass Façade). Nami even lampshaded it by saying he's the kind of guy who just can't hide his feelings.
  • Screaming Warrior: He hollers and screams like Bruce Lee while in Kung Fu Point.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: His typical chibi/child like appearance. Interestingly, as seen through the Time Skip, it's the only form of his that doesn't age. Also extra interestingly, his chibi form is technically not his default form; his real reindeer body is, although he rarely changes into it.
  • So Last Season: While his Rumble Ball transformations are fairly versatile, they've been getting noticeably less and less effective as the series has worn on. It got an upgrade, so he has fresh, new transformations now.
    • It seems that all of his original forms have become stronger. Even better, he doesn't even need the Rumble Ball for most of them anymore.
  • Spanner in the Works: In his first Monster Point rampage, Chopper indirectly helped his crewmates several times. He threw Kalifa's bathtub – this alerted Nami to the Bubble-Bubble Fruit's weakness to water and also turned Sanji back to normal. Then he interrupted Zoro and Sniper King's fight with Kaku and Jabra – the distraction bought Nami enough time to get the handcuffs off them.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can talk to animals due to being an animal himself.
  • Species Surname: The "surname" portion of his full name, "Tony Tony", comes from "tonakai", the Japanese for "reindeer".
  • Super-Deformed: A result of his Art Evolution.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Like everyone with Devil Fruit powers. He likes to jump in the water to save Luffy, forgetting that he can't swim either.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Brought on by using three Rumble Ball transformations in a short period of time.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: After he was separated from the crew by Kuma, he believed that he had been marooned on an island filled with illiterate savages. Then he discovered they had a library full of extensive medical knowledge and loudly proclaims that they weren't as primitive as he believed... while the one that guided him there was standing a few feet away.
  • Talking Animal: His Devil Fruit gives him the intelligence and abilities of a person. Maybe even moreso, considering he was an experienced doctor at age 15.
  • Tap on the Head: When he was with Dr. Kureha, she had him give patients concussions as a form of anesthetic.
  • Team Pet: What the Marines assume him to be, hence his ridiculously low bounty of 50 Berries. He'd probably have a much higher one if they took him seriously.
  • Token Non-Human
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Basically, this is what kept him in the "weakling trio" with Nami and Usopp before the timeskip. He's got super strength in several of his battle forms, but he wasn't trained in any combat styles and basically his battle plan amounted to: 1. Aim fist and 2. Smack a face. Averted after the Time Skip when he's shown to have become very proficient in kung fu. Jury's still out on whether or not he's still in the "weakling trio", however.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Chopper keeps his high voice regardless of whether he's in his adorable man-beast form or his badass battle forms.
    • Averted in the 4Kids dub, where Chopper in his huge humanoid form sounds rather manly indeed.
    • Also averted with Monster Point post-time skip where his voice is digitally lowered to sound deep.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Chopper's primary fighting style relies on his hybridization and augmentation of human and reindeer parts. After the Time Skip, he no longer needs the Rumble ball for six of his transformations.
    • Fragile Speedster: His Jumping Point is as agile as Sanji or Luffy, but is incapable of doing much more than dodging or positioning himself for an offensive action.
    • Mighty Glacier: In Heavy and Arm Point, he's quite strong, but lacks the speed to dodge or get close enough to a speedy opponent.
    • Partial Transformation: His regular form (Brain Point), the miniature humanoid with antlers, is technically his hybrid human/reindeer form, also a case of Shapeshifter Default Form.
    • Stone Wall: Guard Point, which makes him almost invincible but he can't attack in it.
    • Swiss Army Hero: Each form he turns into has its advantages and disadvantages, and his combat style relies on him shifting between each one at the correct time.

    "Demon Child" Nico Robin 
"I want to live! Take me out to sea with you!"

Child Voice: Anzu Nagai (JP), Jad Saxton (EN, Funi)
Adult Voice: Yuriko Yamaguchi (JP)† ; Stephanie Young (EN, Funi), Veronica Taylor (EN, 4Kids)

Adventurer Archaeologist, ex-Dragon, and Ms. Exposition, Nico Robin is one of the darker and more enigmatic members of the Straw Hats. Entering the story as the partner of Big Bad Sir Crocodile, Robin asked to join the crew because Luffy had forced her to live, rather than die. Despite some initial mistrust, she gradually settled into the crew. Since those early uncertain days, she's become something of the crew's Team Mom, and occasionally plays the role of Cool Big Sis for Nami. Her Devil Fruit, the Flower-Flower Fruit (Hana Hana no Mi), lets her sprout replicas of her limbs, and later her entire body, from any surface. She is twenty-eight years old (thirty post-Time Skip).

Unfortunately, her past eventually caught up to her and it was revealed that she's been on the run from the World Government for twenty years, after her home island of Ohara was razed, and a large bounty was placed on her head. However, after the rest of the crew proved that they were willing to essentially declare war on the World Government in order to get her back, she realized that she had finally found her place in life, and that she was not a burden to her new friends.

Her dream is to learn the history of the Void Century, a passage of time blacked out by the World Government, which is said to be written in a lost language inscribed onto huge stone cubes called Poneglyphs.note  Simply learning the language of the Poneglyphs is a capital crime, and is the reason that everyone on her island, including her mother, were killed by the Marines. She is now one of only a handful of people in the world who can read them, allowing her to not only discover the true history of the world, but also to potentially revive a lost superweapon.

Her bounty is 80,000,000 Berries.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Depends on the outfit, but it shows up quite a bit.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes are light brown in the manga, Strong World and Film Z, but they're blue in the TV series and movies 7-9.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Also skilled at assassination.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Arguably she is this, considering she joined the crew right after the previous second girl (Vivi) left. However, she's far better handled, better developed, and more sympathetic than standard examples.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was treated as an outcast on Ohara after eating a Devil Fruit. It got even worse after she was given a bounty, as people constantly either threw her away in fear of being considered criminals, or acted nice to her only to stab her in the back by selling her location to the Marines.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Robin is this trope; she's the third tallest member of the crew (6'2"), has long flowing dark locks, is widely considered to be the most attractive member of the crew, and has an austere and sophisticated personality.
  • Always Save the Girl: Cares more about the Straw Hat pirates than the entire rest of the world, given that they are the only ones since Ohara to care about her.
  • The Antichrist: The Marine's believe that she's it, anyway. Her Marine-created nickname is "Demon Child", they believe she comes from a tainted bloodline and that she has the knowledge/power to destroy the world, or at least start Armageddon.
  • Anti-Hero: One of the most ruthless members of the crew (in the end, mostly type III with an occasional bit of Type V). Ex. Tashigi in the beginning.
  • Anti-Villain: Mainly Type II. Initially joined Baroque Works if for no other reason than to survive long enough to read a Poneglyph, and had no personal interest in power, until becoming an Anti-Hero.
  • Badass
    • Badass Adorable: Maybe not as adorable as Luffy, Nami or Chopper, but still really cute.
    • Badass Bookworm: She uses her powers to break grown men's spines in half and snap their necks (which is obviously either an instant kill or bound to cause a lot of pain), and then once the adventure is over she kicks back and studies her archaeology and history books.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Happens on and off through the series.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Typically abandons her colleagues to save herself when the Marines close in on her, knowing that they'd betray her given the chance. But when the Straw Hat Pirates don't do that upon meeting Admiral Aokiji, she gives herself up to the Marines in Water 7 in order to ensure their safety.
  • Berserk Button: Don't bring up her nickname ("Demon Child") or speak of Ohara unless you want a beatdown. Also, don't destroy historical artifacts in front of her, or she will really make you regret it. She also, in her earlier, darker days, was not a big fan of Marines, especially ones babbling on about the righteousness of their cause and the strength of justice.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's generally extremely sophisticated and polite, but if you make her mad, heaven help you.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: A Running Gag is her casually pointing this out whenever possible.
  • Blue Oni: When compared to Nami, she's composed, sophisticated and in combat relies on brutal and precise holds to incapacitate her opponents. She's also much less talkative, but when she does speak it's something very important.
  • Bond Breaker: Her leaving with the CP9 really soured things for the Straw Hats.
  • Broken Bird: Thanks to being pegged for death due to a Government Conspiracy – specifically, she's the only one who is known to be able to prove the conspiracy exists. It wasn't until the Straw Hats came to save her from Enies Lobby that she realized that she had finally found her place.
  • Building Swing: One of the uses for her power is connecting long chains of arms that she uses to swing from building to building, not as fast as Luffy does it, but it's also much more graceful and controlled.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In a much more subtle way than it's normally handled in fiction. Though it doesn't portray itself through the freakish physicality of Luffy, Zoro or Sanji, it's implied that Robin has some variety of Super Strength. She's not only capable of breaking the bones of people with explicitly superhuman capabilities in a way that requires a bit more of an explanation than 'leverage and superior skill' (though that certainly plays a part). She's also incredibly agile and is capable of carrying around Franky, who is more than seven feet tall and made almost entirely of metal, while both swinging around and flying.
  • The Chessmaster: How she handled Baroque Works. It's how she tried to handle her own capture by the Marines, but the rest of the Straw Hats destroyed her plans.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: As part of her Offstage Villainy, she apparently betrayed a lot of organizations; prior to the Straw Hats (and even then it got pretty close) every other group she's been a part of has been destroyed. Something of an Informed Flaw, though: the only one she has actually been seen betraying was Crocodile when she lied about the text on the Poneglyph. Otherwise, her flashback shows that a lot of her groups betrayed her, especially by trying to hand her in to the government so that they could claim the bounty on her head.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: When Robin was a child, her aunt excluded her from family outings and forced her to do chores.
  • Combat Pragmatist: No one should ever expect a fair fight from her. She fights to win and does not care one bit how she does it.
  • The Comically Serious: To the point that even when the entire crew is open-mouthed and bulging their eyes at the sight in front of them, even Zoro, she retains her composure completely.
    • Even she can't keep her composure when faced with the sheer naivete of the Tontatta.
    • Somewhat subverted, as she does laugh and smile at her companions antics/jokes; it's more that she's deliberately playing the Straight Man and she has incredible composure.
  • The Consigliere: To Crocodile; she apparently ran most of the day to day operations of Baroque Works.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Nami. Over the Time Skip, she also seems to have become one to Koala, considering she calls Robin "nee-san" (older sister).
  • Cool Shades: Part of her post-timeskip attire. Usually wears it over her head, but she was recently seen wearing it during the fight in Fishman Island.
  • Creepy Good: Robin is one of only two members of the Straw Hats to have killed in the past (she used to be an assassin and The Dragon). She is the only member who still uses her powers to kill (or at least severely injure), and frequently makes morbid comments about death. Her power to grow body parts from any surface also adds to her creep factor.
  • Cry Cute: Good grief; Robin in tears is so adorable you'd want to hug and protect her. Seriously, it makes you completely forget she was the right-hand lady of one of the most vicious mass-murderers in the Grand Line.
  • Damsel in Distress: Twice.
    • Most of Enies Lobby is a Rescue Arc where the Straw Hats are fighting the CP 9 to save Robin. However, her status as a damsel in distress is justified by the fact that she willingly let herself get captured. She felt she had to die, so she surrendered to the World Government. Plus, although she was bound with Seastone by the time she regained the will to live, she still tried her best to escape, and the only reason she failed was because Spandam kept using Funkfreed to keep her in line. She started fighting back the moment she was freed from the Seastone.
    • The second time was when Bartholomew Kuma blasted her to Tequila Wolf, where she was forced to work as a slave. But in this case, she was saved by Revolutionaries more or less instantly and was not bound with Seastone anyway, making her status as "distressed" questionable at best.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Miniskirt, specifically.
  • Dark Magical Girl: While first appearing as a Dark Action Girl, an essential part of her Freudian Excuse for the more morally ambiguous things she did was the fact that she has been alone, hunted and constantly in fear of betrayal for about 20 years before the series began. The fact that the Straw Hats expressed unconditional love and friendship towards her made her into a better, less treacherous person.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on deadpan, it's hard to tell when she's being serious or yanking somebody else's chain.
  • Deep South: The 4Kids dub, and only the 4Kids dub, had her speak in a thick Texas accent, presumably because she wore a cowboy hat in her first appearance. Problem is Veronica Taylor, an excellent voice actor under normal circumstances, can't pull off any sort of Southern accent to save her life.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: While civil and polite to the Straw Hats from the beginning, it took until Enies Lobby for her to break down and finally express/realize her true feelings about the crew.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She can talk about death and gruesome possible fates just as easily and calmly as she can talk about the weather.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: She can make full body copies of herself with her powers after the Time Skip.
    • Chapter 643 seems to indicate that she can even switch places with them.
  • Enigmatic Minion: She played this role before her Heel-Face Turn. In fact, as far back as her first appearance, she was often assisting the Straw Hats and Luffy in particular as they took on Crocodile. Crocodile himself was wary of her, which worked out in his favor.
  • Fan Service Pack: After the timeskip, her breasts have gotten larger and rounder. Unlike with Nami (where it can be somewhat justified since girls do often have a growth spurt at around 18), there's no good excuse for Robin, who was 28 – long since grown up – when introduced. She must have been eating very well during those two years.
  • Gainaxing: In Movie 7, when she pulls a piece of paper out of her cleavage.
  • Generation Xerox: She's a near carbon copy of her mother, Nico Olvia – she's an archaeologist, she can read the Poneglyphs, they have the same voice, and they look exactly alike. The only difference is the hair; Olvia's was white, Robin's is dark.
  • The Generic Guy: Since Robin is the Only Sane Woman amidst a crew of complete nuts, and her own quirks – mostly involving being morbid and liking creepy things – are much more subtle, she has been accused of being boring. The Time Skip does what it can to rectify this.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Uses a gigantic variation after the Time Skip.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: When calling up her devil fruit powers, she does so in three different languages, none of which are Japanese. "Fleur" is the French for flower. Before that, the number of appendages she wants to use in Spanish. After, the act she is performing in English.
  • Groin Attack: "Dos Fleur... Grab!" Poor, poor Franky.
    They'll all come off! Just like tangerines!
  • Guile Heroine: Doesn't show often, but it's true. It's too bad on the occasions it does show, it's against pretty good Chessmasters.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: Twice.
    • The first was during the climax of the Alabasta Arc, when the local Poneglyph didn't have the info she wanted and Crocodile turned on her. See Interrupted Suicide below for details.
    • Later, fearing that her friends would eventually betray her and throw her away, she decides to surrender to the World Government, on the condition that they leave the other Straw Hats alone. However, when the Straw Hats raid Enies Lobby to save her, and even burn down the World Government's flag, essentially declaring war on the entire world, Robin realizes that her friends will never betray her, and that she really wants to live.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Okay, so you can duplicate your body parts and make them sprout from anything you can see, I guess that's kind of cool, but how is that useful in a fight-OH MY GOD! WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR NECK?
  • Heel-Face Turn: Started out as Crocodile's Dragon before she outlived her usefulness.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted by the Straw Hats equally heroic rescue mission, a heartbreaking flashback, and subsequent heartwarming I want to live! cry.
  • Heroic Willpower: Though she doesn't have the insane resilience that Zoro and Luffy possess, when it comes to mental fortitude Robin has basically everybody beat. After having her shadow ripped out it took about 15 minutes, tops, for her to get back on her feet. To put this in perspective, the average person would be incapacitated for three days. And in a Filler arc she was awake for multiple days (to prevent her memories from being stolen) and showed zero ill effects. This is justified as she has 20+ years of constant fear and paranoia; she didn't face constant violence, but the emotional strain was immense.
  • Hey, You!: One of Robin's main characteristics, and also one of the most overlooked due to how subtle it is. It's very rare for Robin to actually utter the name of someone she's talking to (or just referring to) in any dialogue; Robin's defense mechanism to protect her feelings pushes her into being as impersonal as possible to people she meets. However, once Robin found her place with the Straw Hats she started using their names, though so far Luffy is the only recurring character whom Robin will always call by name.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: One of the weaknesses of her Devil Fruit is that the limbs she creates still count, in a sense, as her real limbs. This makes her vulnerable to her enemies' Devil Fruit powers when she restrains them, as shown when Ain transformed her into a teenager in One Piece Film: Z and when Sugar transformed her into a toy in the manga.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: In the anime. In the manga and later movies, they're light brown.
  • Iconic Outfit: A mild example with her Enies Lobby outfit. She's generally a fashionista like Nami, but that particular ensemble is still showing up in merchandise and video games, 10 years later.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Post-timeskip. Hell, pre-timeskip. Though granted this applies to nearly every post-pubescent woman in this series that isn't a gonk.
  • Interrupted Suicide: After her hopes of finding the Rio Poneglyph were crushed in Alabasta, she decided to stay inside the crumbling Royal Tomb. She is wounded, but considering her powers she could have easily escaped if she had wanted to. The Unwanted Rescue comes in the form of Luffy, who tells her that she's better off living; she disagrees. He ignores her and drags her kicking and screaming out of the tomb. With time, and the Power of Friendship, this becomes a Happily Failed Suicide.
    • Indeed, her ire at being forced to live through that suicide attempt is why she joins the crew initially, her stated line of reasoning more or less being "I'm only alive because of you, so you have to take responsibility."
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: If somebody loses to her, she's going to make a point of horribly maiming them and having them go out in a particularly undignified manner. Of course, the people who lose to her have almost always really asked for it.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: A somewhat different take on the trope. Instead of falling from idealist to cynic, she had her cynicism from a pretty early age (being a renegade from the World Government since 8 does that to a person) and believed only in self-preservation and finding the True History. It was only after her stay with the incredibly optimistic Straw Hats that she felt that there were some people worth protecting.
  • Lady of Adventure: Is dedicated to archaeology and the hunt for the True History, one of the first reasons piracy appealed to her (other than it being her only option for survival).
  • Lady of War: Though fighting is one of the few times she expresses an emotion more severe than "Amusement" or "Serenity", she still remains composed and in control of herself. Which makes a lot of sense, because as she is not superhumanly strong or fast, if she loses focus and slips up she could very easily die in a fight. Also, her fighting style is much more refined and serene looking than Luffy or Sanji.
  • Large Ham: It turns out that Robin is the biggest overactor of the crew. Subversion in that she only does this for musicals.
    • Justified: she thought it was supposed to be an opera. Normally she is quite serious.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Nami's light.
  • Little Black Dress: Often her attire after the timeskip.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: It's easy to forget that such a pretty woman's powers involve sprouting extra body parts, including on her opponent, which are frequently used to break their spines!
  • Magic Pants: Begins making use of this when she gains the ability to create full-body clones, as she also develops the ability to create outfits out of nowhere to clothe them with. Notable in that she blatantly avoided this trope up until this point (and actually still does, the full-body clones being the only application of her powers that have any clothes).
  • Me's a Crowd: She has recently become able to create complete duplicates of herself.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Because she doesn't actually get in that many fights, it's easy to forget that Robin is one of the most dangerous members of the crew, and is an experienced and ruthless killer. And in a more meta "extremely effective person who's often content to sit back" interpretation of this trope, she's oftentimes allowed the Straw Hats to continue on their journey by doing minor things like talking to locals or picking up a map.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother Olvia left to try to research the Void Century, and the two didn't see each other for six years… until Ohara's destruction.
  • Ms. Exposition: As the resident Badass Bookworm of the Straw Hats crew, she's often the one explaining the world of One Piece for Luffy's (and consequently the audience's) benefit.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Oh yeah. Wears somewhat fetishistic outfits? Check. A tendency to end up bound (if not gagged)? Check. Sporting Absolute Cleavage on a frigid island in the middle of a blizzard? Check. In all fairness, that last one wasn't really her fault or intentional.
    • Heck, she won a poll run by the One Piece Wiki for the single most attractive woman in the setting, beating out Hancock and Shirahoshi, who canonically hold that title.
  • Ms Imagination: A mild example, as she is often in touch with reality, but her vivid imagination is her other main quirk, along with being a Nightmare Fetishist. The two often overlap, such as when a person hasn't returned by the time he should, she likes to propose he has been eaten by a creepy monster or something similar. On the other end of the scale, her imagination can also be rather childish as when Luffy, due to a Lost in Translation pun, confuses the name "Dressrosa" with "an old hag in a dress", and Robin instantly imagines a funny-looking old lady dancing ballet in a fancy dress.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Her most common use of her Devil Fruit power is sprouting arms on her opponent(s) and putting them in submission holds.
    • Her standard Badass/dramatic pose in most media involves flourishing fans of arms Kali-style.
  • Nerves of Steel: Was the only one who didn't react when Luffy brought Brook, a living skeleton, aboard the ship for the first time. Extra points when said skeleton bluntly asked her to show him her panties and she STILL doesn't react.
  • Nice Hat: As Miss All-Sunday, she always wore a white cowboy hat. She still occasionally does, or sometimes a purple one.
  • The Nicknamer: Robin rarely address her crewmates by name, any name; she's very fond of Hey, You!. When she does go by name, it will be a simple nickname like Long-nose (Usopp), Swordsman (Zoro), Mister Cook (Sanji) and so on. The only crewmate she will always call by name is Luffy, the captain himself, and this was only after she found her place with the Straw Hats; before that she addressed him as Straw Hat, like all his foes, or as Captain.
    • Considering her past, this is probably her defense mechanism. Due to her bounty, everyone acted like a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing to her, pretending to be nice only to stab her in the back later by revealing her position to the Marines (and sometimes being damn hypocritical in the process), so nicknaming everyone was a way to prevent her from getting attached to them. However, during the events in Enies Lobby, she realized that she has finally found her True Companions, and gradually stops using nicknames.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Possibly the only one besides Luffy who can find a monstrous, three-headed, decaying zombie dog cute. A page of cover art during the Skypeia arc also shows her preferring a scarred wolf to a cute seal.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: In times when members of the crew have befallen an uncertain fate, she usually suggests that they suffered the most gruesome demise possible, or otherwise points out macabre points of trivia.
  • Offstage Villainy: In the (unseen) past, she was an assassin/criminal who survived the destruction of every group she was apart of by ruthless treachery, which in the Power of Friendship fueled world of One Piece, is a big deal. Of course, while people (usually the Marines) call her a horrible monster (her nickname is Demon Child, after all) you don't ever actually see her do anything evil.
  • Perky Goth: She sort of has a taste for the macabre. To name a few examples, she suggested "Being of Darkness" as a name for the Thousand Sunny and even called the Cerberus on Thriller Bark "cute".
  • Petal Power: For some reason, pink flower petals appear whenever she uses her DF powers.
    • This is explained from her Devil Fruit's name: Flower-Flower. The limbs sprout from the ground "like flowers". Don't think about that too closely, though.
  • Pragmatic Hero: While Luffy will go on about the pride of being a pirate, Zoro will growl about a swordsman's honor, and Sanji waxes poetic on the Power of Love, Robin's main motivation is survival for herself and later her crewmates and in a loose, general sense, history and the preservation thereof. She's also the one most likely to get really simple solutions to puzzles that stump the crew.
  • Pretty in Mink: Wore a coat trimmed with white fur as Miss All-Sunday, and, at least in some art, has a dark green fur coat (bonus points since that's Crocodile's coat).
  • Professional Killer: She was an assassin in her past, though it wasn't money that motivated her, rather the protection that comes from belonging in a group.
  • Sexophone: Her theme music.
  • She's Got Legs
  • Shout-Out: Her look after the timeskip may remind people of another Adventurer Archaeologist.
  • Sole Survivor: Of Ohara.
  • Squishy Wizard: Robin is squishy compared to the freaks of nature that inhabitat the Grand Line. If you manage to get past her long range power you have a good chance at victory. As a result, once the enemy gets in position to give her direct blows, she's screwed.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 6'2" (6 feet 2 inches tall), dwarfing all of the other Straw Hats except Franky and Brook, who keep in mind are themselves 7'5" and 8'8", respectively. This is not a very impressive height in the One Piece world (see the Our Giants Are Bigger trope for a full diagnostic on height variations in the One Piece world), but would be huge if she were a real life woman.
  • The Stoic: Like Zoro, she is much more reserved than most of the crew, and unlike the others, has not had a single Face Fault – this is lampshaded in one of the anime's ending themes.
  • Straw Nihilist: Expressed elements of this belief, after believing her life's work (discovering the True History) wasn't going to happen she stated that she "Didn't care if the world was destroyed". Though this was in the midst of her Interrupted Suicide. She also expressed some opinions on dreams and the futility of them that were rather similar to Crocodile's.
  • Stripperiffic: Her third outfit for the One Piece Film: Z.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The only difference between Robin and her mother is that the former doesn't have white hair.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality
  • Super Drowning Skills: As a Devil Fruit user, she is affected by this, though the only times she's ever been in danger of this was during the seventh movie and the climax of the Enies Lobby arc.
  • Team Mom: Word of God described her as being like this.
  • Tears of Joy: When Robin realized that the Straw Hats would never abandon her and really were her True Companions, to the point of declaring war on the entire world just for her sake, she could do little more than cry, having realized that Saul was right.
  • Tempting Fate: Her somewhat macabre sense of humor often unnerves her companions.
  • There's a Wrestler in All of Us: Robin specializes in submission locks and her most common form of attack is taking down an enemy from a distance in this manner using her powers. After the Time Skip, she even takes it up a notch and one of her moves involves making a clone of herself to take down the legs in a submission hold while she herself performs a diving-neck snap. On a Fishman twice her size. A Fishman who, like all Fishmen, is said to naturally be 10 times stronger than the average human. Damn.
  • Thigh-High Boots: Occasionally.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unwanted Rescue: First, when Luffy saves her from the crumbling Royal tomb. Then in the CP9 saga, when the crew goes to save her she doesn't only complain, she uses her powers violently on her comrade Usopp to make him and all the other Straw Hats to understand that she wants to die. Thanks to The Power of Friendship, she realizes she doesn't really want to die and it becomes a Happily Failed Suicide.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: She's also guilty of hiding things down her Absolute Cleavage.
  • Watching Troy Burn: As a child, she saw her hometown going up in smoke.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Robin is no stronger than your average athletic human woman. However, skillful use of her Devil Fruit powers enables her to take on foes much bigger and/or much more powerful than she is.
  • When She Smiles: Robin is a pretty mature and serious woman whose smiles are usually coldly charming; but her rare girlish giggles are so darned cute you'd once again forget that she was the right-hand lady of a mass murderer.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Marines?: Though a completely rational fear, she is absolutely terrified of the World Government, the Admirals and in particular Cipher Pol. This is a fear most pirates (and civilians) have, but the fear is such an ingrained part of her she's based her entire life around. Preparing at a moment's notice to A) betray any/all of her companions and B) die if that isn't enough for her to escape.
  • Winged Humanoid: She can do so temporarily by fashioning a number of arms into wings.
  • Worth Living For: Robin was on the verge of giving up on her life until Luffy showed her that even one who has faltered and done wrong is worthy of love, and worth dying for. Even then, she didn't realize she had finally found her reason and her place in life until the Straw Hats literally declared war on the entire world for her.
  • You Are Not Alone: Told to her, in those exact words, by her only friend when she was a child (who was murdered immediately after). For much of her life, she was alone – from her fellow islanders shunning her, to her being hunted for her bounty and being an enemy of the world Government. She realized the Straw Hats loved her and were her True Companions when they burned the flag of the World Government, declaring war on the entire system, so they would be the same as her.
  • Your Size May Vary: Robin's height is fairly inconsistent in the anime. She's officially listed as being 6'2" both before and after the timeskip, but she frequently has been shown to be shorter than Zoro when standing next to him while he's only 5'11". However, her height is more consistent in the manga.

    "Cyborg" Franky 
"I'm feeling especially super this week!"

Child Voice: Junko Noda (JP), Terri Doty (EN, Funi), Greg Ayres (EN, Unlimited Adventure)
Adult Voice: Kazuki Yao (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)

Franky, real name Cutty Flam, is the crew's shipwright. His eccentric behavior (SUUUPPERRR!!) and habit of wearing speedos lead many to brand him a pervert (which he takes pride in), yet he is loyal and protective of his friends, often calling them his "little bros". He's also prone to striking poses and breaking out into torrents of tears at the slightest provocation. Initially, he was the leader of the Franky Family, a gang of villainous dismantlers who provoked the Straw Hats' wrath by mugging Usopp and stealing most of their money. As his epithet implies, he is a cyborg known as BF-36 (BF = Battle Franky) due to being hit by a sea train and washing up on a scrap yard and using said scrap to modify his body to keep from dying. He later uses blueprints from the worlds best scientist to upgrade himself to BF-37.

His past is tied to Nico Robin's, as while she can read the location of the superweapon Pluton, he actually owns the blueprints themselves, it having been passed down among the shipwrights of Water 7 for generations. After being captured by the World Government along with Robin, he burned the blueprints and fought alongside the rest of the Straw Hats to save her, and eventually joined them after being blackmailed through theft of his speedos.

His dream is to build and sail on what he deems the greatest sailing ship on the seas, which resulted in the construction of the Straw Hats' new ship, the Thousand Sunny.

His bounty is 44,000,000 Berries.
  • Achilles' Heel: Because Franky did all his upgrades himself, everything (including his defenses) ended up in front, leaving him vulnerable to attacks from behind.
  • Badass: Despite how he usually behaves, you really really dont want to get in a fight with him. Two close subordinates of Doflamingo learned this in a very painful way
  • Big Fancy Sword/Katanas Are Just Better: The Marauder's sword, the Franken.
  • Blatant Lies: He's not crying, damn it! HE'S NOT!
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Franky's theme actually pre-dates Franky himself, originally being used for Usopp's 5-Ton Hammer escapade.
    • Actually, it even appears before that, when Luffy first meets Eyelashes.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite all of his eccentricities, never doubt the genius of Franky's work. A perfect example would be a recent addition to his body, Nipple Lights.
  • Catchphrase: "SUPER!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • Combining Mecha: The Iron Pirate Franky Shogun is composed of the Black Rhino FR-U IV and Brachio Tank V.
  • Cool Shades
  • Crazy Awesome: Invoked. This is the In-Universe opinion of him as far as Luffy, Chopper, and Usopp are concerned.
    • Franky's really used to showcase Oda's viewpoint on gender. Men, especially young boys, are generally impressed by Franky's various weapons, even Sanji (although he doesn't go crazy over all of it like Luffy does). On the other hand, women (like Robin and Nami) just don't understand what's so great about robots.
    • They are fairly impressed, however they are somewhat bemused that a man would modify himself so extensively. Robin joked that it's getting harder to describe him as a human being anymore.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Played for Laughs after the timeskip, as he occasionally repeats instructions in a robotic voice and (sometimes) adds the suffix "-robo" or "-mecha" to sentences. Robin jokes (maybe) that she can't really consider him "human" anymore.
  • Cyborg: It's even the epithet on his Wanted poster.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He is always barefoot.
  • Embarrassing Real Name: Cutty Flam. Iceberg, one of the few who knows it, was the one who convinced him to change it.
  • Emergency Transformation: He rebuilt himself. From the scraps of a derelict ship. After being hit by a train. Heck, this guy gives Tony Stark a run for his money, appropriately enough.
  • Expressive Hair: His hair style automatically changes according to what he's fueling himself with at the time. While he usually uses cola, which makes it stand up in a sort of pompadour, it tends to hang-down and wilt when he's running on empty, has a more onion-like shape if he uses vegetable juice and a more wavy style when using tea.
  • Fartillery: Say it with me now! Coup de... BOO!
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While they're not brothers by blood, Franky had this dynamic with Iceberg. One guess as to who was the former.
  • Full-Name Basis: To Robin, when he first joined the crew. It eventually switches to First Name Basis.
    • Justified, as Nico Robin was a sort of bogeyman to him when he was younger, and as he gets to know her she stops being a mythic figure and becomes a person.
  • Funny Afro: Since he can change hairstyles at will after the timeskip, he sometimes goes with afros.
  • Genius Bruiser: Built fully functioning robotic prostheses out of random junk from scratch and attached them himself, while severely injured. Also the largest of the Straw Hats by a good margin.
  • Trouser Space: Apparently he keeps the hammer he uses to build things in his speedo...
  • Heel-Face Turn: Initially introduced as the leader of a gang who acted as villains for most of the Water 7 arc.
  • Hidden Depths: Iceberg suggests different reasons for why he became a mob boss. Recruiting the bums and thugs off the streets gives them stable employment, and the job they do (hunting down pirates and dismantling their ships) is good for Water 7 as a whole.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Weaponized. His "Franky Triangle Jacker" consists of him plucking off his sideburns and throwing them like sharp boomerangs.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Iron Pirate Franky Shogun.
    • In a hilarious subversion of what normally would be expected of a giant mecha, it proved pretty useless in its first appearance, as the only attacks that actually hit the opponents were the ones used by Franky by momentarily coming out of the cockpit. Lampshaded by Robin, who wondered why he had brought it out in the first place.
    • Until Franky revealed that he has a scaled-down copy of the Thousand Sunny's Gaon Cannon, called the General Cannon, built into the thing. Nothing says surprise quite like getting hit by a compressed air stream that can blow up an entire ship.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: How he fits everything inside his body is probably best left unanswered.
  • Important Haircut: He got one of these after the Time Skip, but can revert to his old style or change to a new one by pressing his nose for more than three seconds.
  • Insult Backfire: He takes "pervert" as a compliment.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Large Ham: Natch. He once responded to a sad backstory by playing a somber tune on his guitar.
  • Lost in Translation: Some of the situations involving Franky and the word "pervert" are actually Japanese pun-based jokes involving "Hentai!" (abnormality) and the more traditional Toku phrase "Henshin!" (transform) commonly used in Sentai series. While "hentai" can also mean "metamorphosis", its more common meaning of "weirdo" or "pervert" creates obvious humor.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Hilariously parodied. The forearm is actually much larger than the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun's shield.
  • Made of Iron: Or rather steel.
  • Mighty Glacier: The slowest Straw Hat in the crew; not that he's snail-slow or anything, but he runs and moves about as fast as a normal, athletic man his age and size is expected to. But when it comes to raw strength, he's easily the 4th strongest Straw Hat, just behind the monster trio.
  • My Greatest Failure: His Battle Franky ships being stolen by Spandam and used to attack the judicial ship in order to frame him, Tom, and Iceberg, injuring the latter two in the process. This motivated his decision to give up on making ships.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Buck-naked!Franky, anyone?
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: On the island he was sent to, he unintentionally self-destructed the laboratory of Dr. Vegapunk, the smartest man in the One Piece world. His lab was considered a treasure to the marines.
    • He ended up doing this twice.
    • In his past, all the ships that he built end up getting used to frame him, Tom, and Iceberg for attacking the judicial ship as part of Spandam's plan to confiscate Pluton's blueprints.
  • The Nicknamer: He used to nickname his crewmates, calling them by attribute-related monikers like "curly eyebrow" or "skeleton" instead of their real names (Except for Robin, who he referred to by her full name). Much like Robin, he stops using nicknames as he gets closer to his crewmates.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Only from the front, though. He couldn't reach his back so it's totally unarmored.
    • At least it was unarmored before the timeskip. Post-timeskip, that weakness is no more.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Some fans believe he might be based off of Jim Carrey.
    • His post-Time Skip body seems to modeled after Henry Rollins.
    • He was also created after Eiichiro Oda heard all of Kazuki Yao's voice work as Jango and Bon Clay, specifically designed to give him a permanent casting role.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: His cyborg functions are powered by carbonation! So is the ship he made, for that matter.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He was renamed by Iceberg who found his real name silly. Everyone has called him Franky ever since.
  • Parental Abandonment: Abandoned by his pirate parents and adopted by Tom, who died when he was a young adult.
  • Power Source: He's gotta have his Cola.
  • Ridiculously Fast Construction: Played for laughs several times during the Thriller Bark arc, when, among other things, he built a bridge with flower motifs and frills in the time it took the others to blink, and built a staircase leading up to super-giant Oars as fast as another crewmember was able to climb it. Best shipwright/carpenter/engineer ever.
  • Sand in My Eyes: Often brought to tears by sentimental backstories. He always denies it.
    • Dammit, he ain't crying!
  • Scenery Censor: In episode 321 of the anime, his family snatches his speedo and takes it to the Straw Hats to get him to go with them, making him run through town bottomless. While the show has no problem showing his rear end, they occasionally use this to obscure the front.
  • Science Hero
  • Shout-Out: Franky's cry of "Yatte Yaruze!" ("Let's Do It!") during the Oars fight when the Straw Hat pirates 'dock'. Kazuki Yao is famous for Fujiwara Shinobu of Dancouga, whose catchphrase whenever the Cyber Beast Force formed the Giant Robot was... "Yatte Yaruze!"
  • Shrouded in Myth: Because of his antics in the island of Baldimore, he caused "The Nightmare of Baldimore", and he accidentally set fire to the tiger skin he was wearing to mask himself and ran out scaring the suspicious Marines chasing him, becoming "The Burning Beast of Baldimore" to make legends for generations to come.
  • Super Strength: Franky's great physical strength is one of the things he can boast of. While his combat abilities may still be below the monster trio, his physical strength is very likely to be on par with them.
  • Team Dad: According to Oda. He's of the bumbling variety, however, and he has a lot of Ship Tease with Team Mom Robin.
    • He certainly was one to the Franky Family as well.
  • This Is a Drill: On the top of the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun's head.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: General Shield Boomerang!
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: In the anime (Japanese dub). "Good smell! Flllllavor!"
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene
  • We Can Rebuild Him: More like "He Can Rebuild Himself". As previously mentioned, he became a cyborg after being run over by the Puffing Tom, surviving, and then refitting his own body with mechanical parts. In fact, he's rebuilt himself twice! After causing the "Nightmare of Baldimore" and incinerating his own skin, he rebuilds himself into an even bigger and more powerful body, incorporating plans from Dr. Vegapunk himself.
  • Weapon of Choice
  • Would Hit a Girl: As his fight against Baby 5 (and Buffalo) can testify.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Styled after Ace Ventura's, even.

    "Humming"/"Soul King" Brook 
"I really am glad to still be alive!"

Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (AKA: "Cho") (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN)

Brook is the crew's musician. He ate the Revive-Revive Fruit (Yomi Yomi no Mi), which enabled his spirit to reanimate his corpse after he died. (Un)fortunately, after his death, his spirit got lost for an entire year before finding his body, and it had decayed into a skeleton. He later developed the ability to control his own soul. Deprived of his shadow by the Warlord of the Sea, Gecko Moria, he was adrift within the gloomy Florian Triangle until he met the Straw Hats by chance. He's something of a Dirty Old Man who repeatedly asks Nami and Robin to show him their panties, and he also has the distinct habit of making cringe-inducing puns relating to his skeletal state at every opportunity. He's eighty-eight/ninety years old, though he doesn't age after dying at the age of thirty-eight. He is also a fencer who executes extremely fast attacks and can use music as a form of hypnosis.

His dream is to reunite with Laboon, a whale who lives at the entrance to the Grand Line, whom the Straw Hats had previously met. Fifty years ago, the baby whale had befriended the pirate crew Brook was a part of, but they had to leave him behind as their travels became more dangerous. After his shadow was recovered from Gecko Moria, Brook happily accepted Luffy's invite to join the crew, pleased to have finally found new friends to call his own.

His bounty is 33,000,000 Berries. Due to his body having decayed, he went undetected by the World Government until he was betrayed by his manager at the end of the timeskip. His wanted poster is now updated.
  • Afro Asskicker
  • Almighty Janitor: Brook's official position in the Straw Hat Pirates is the musician. That doesn't mean he won't leave you dead before you can blink.
  • The Aloner: It's implied that Brook developed his bizarre humor and Incredibly Lame Pun tendencies as a means to entertain himself while he was stuck alone on a ship full of (inanimate) dead people for half a century.
  • Astral Projection: A power he developed over the Time Skip.
  • Back from the Dead: The Devil Fruit he ate let him come back to life after being killed. Once. Though he's harder to kill a second time.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's 90 years old.
  • Berserk Button: Don't belittle the pain and emptiness of death. He lost everything to it, and he can't stand people just simply throwing their lives away.
    • Don't dare attack his crew. "I already lost a crew once. You won't make me lose another!"
    • He can't stand throwing away the lives of others either, as exemplified by his response to Zeo in Chapter 645 when the New Fishman Pirates commanders begin killing off their soldiers:
      Zeo: Those who choose not to die in battle will die here, by my own hands! Your deaths shall be left as our grudge towards humans!!
      Brook: Stop right there! Those are your men!! And you, what would you know?! It's not like you've died before! Die and be left as a grudge!!? That's absurd! Nothing is left behind! After death, living things are all just bones!!
    • How dare something turn up its nose after trying to eat him. Bone has plenty of nutritional value!
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Blessed with Suck: His Devil Fruit only returns someone from the dead once, and his skeletal body doesn't seem to offer much additional resistance against damage and pain (if anything, it's arguably worse in this regard). So, basically, all he's got is Super Drowning Skills. Still, it's not all bad; he moves faster and is much lighter due to having no flesh.
    • Also, he can instantly heal himself by drinking milk. Yeah, right.
      • Partly subverted, as he shows that he's not 100% recovered after making the above claim.
    • His Super Drowning Skills are partially balanced by his ability to dash across water because he's so light. He can also jump extraordinarily far and high. Yes, even becoming a skeleton who can't swim can be turned into an advantage in this series.
      • Plus, he doesn't really suffer the same effect of internal damage as the rest of the crew. Stabbing him in the eye just chips his skull, stabbing in the ribs notches them, and a blow to the gut does nothing unless it hits his spine. All three happen within what is probably no more than thirty seconds in universe during his fight to retrieve his shadow.
    • After the Time Skip, he's learned how to remove his soul from his body. Both the women's baths and getting messages to people when he's locked up are now within his reach.
      • The Time Skip further reveals that there's an inexhaustible energy that allows his soul to continue living in the world. Depending on additional revelations in the future about what this means, his power may well border Cursed with Awesome.
      • As it turns out, he can also now draw on the power of the soul to strike enemies with the freezing fire of the dead. His sword becomes coated in a blue flame that's freezing cold.
  • Brick Joke: Throughout the series, starting right after teaming up with Zoro in Episode 3, Luffy keeps suggesting that they need a musician for a crew member next, his suggestion getting shot down every time. 300+ episodes later...
  • Butt Monkey: At times.
  • Came Back Wrong: Well, it happens when your soul get lost in a fog-laden sea and your body decomposes as a result before it can reach it.
  • Catch Phrase: "Excuse me Miss, may I see your panties?"
    • Includes variants such as "may I borrow some money?" should panties be unavailable.
      • These are all variants on a running joke (which works better in japanese because of the billions of levels of politeness they have built into their language), in which he asks extremely rude things in an extremely polite manner.
    • "SKULL JOKE!!!"
      • YOHOHOHOHOHO! (not that every character in this manga doesn't have their own distinctive laugh, but his gets props for being the traditional pirate-y one.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • The Dead Can Dance: And sing, and play just about any instrument.
  • Death Activated Superpower: His Devil Fruit powers only kicked in after he died. Although he was still unable to swim.
  • Dem Bones: While his Devil Fruit brought his soul back into the realm of the living, by the time he found his body it had already decayed to a skeleton.
  • Diagonal Cut: When he chops up Talleran.
  • Dirty Old Man: And dead to boot!
  • Don't Explain the Joke: His Skull Jokes would probably be funnier if he let their inherent irony sink in instead of either explaining why they should be hilarious or quickly laughing at them himself.
  • Expressive Mask: OK, not exactly a mask, but the trope still applies, as Brook's skull contorts to match his emotions.
  • Fights Like a Normal: He relied on his swordsmanship due to not being able to utilize his Devil Fruit for combat. After the Time Skip however, this is no longer the case.
  • Famed in Story: He becomes a ridiculously famous musician during the Time Skip.
  • Fragile Speedster: Fast enough to rival the Monster Trio in speed, but his body is not the toughest thing around.
  • Freeze Ray: Doubles as a Sword Beam, he can fire the energy of his soul at his opponent with his sword which freezes them.
  • Funny Afro: That somehow survived even after he died. Luffy finds it to be an endless source of humor. Though on a more serious note, Brook's afro is very important to him since he fears that Laboon won't recognize him without it. Also, because of his "condition", it won't grow back if it's cut.
  • Gallows Humor: More literally than most.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the tallest member of the Straw Hat crew, and also the kindest and most even tempered.
  • Ghostly Chill: Weaponized.
  • Ghost Pirate: The skeletal variant.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: You can see some slippage during his fifty year isolation, with things such as hallucinations of his crew alive and well again.
  • Horrifying Hero: Especially after the timeskip, when his Yomi Yomi abilities have gotten really creepy - but, of course, mostly Played for Laughs.
  • Human Hummingbird: His running style.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: His fighting style is a combination of this and classical fencing.
  • An Ice Person: One of his new abilities is freezing things with his sword, by channeling the chills of The Underworld.
  • I Gave My Word:
    "That death isn't an apology! Because a man once said... That they would absolutely come back!!"
  • Immortal Immaturity: Brook has a serious side, but is very quick to join in on the unnecessary playfulness that the younger members make. He claims to just love having fun.
    • Considering he was alone for over 50 years, he's probably making up for lost time.
      • Considering he was alone for over 50 years, he probably just regressed mentally.
    • Alternately, it could also just be senility of some sort, being old. Be stuck alone in a near hopeless situation is not good for the sanity either.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: They are his favotite types of jokes – they really bust his gut. But... WAIT! HE DOESN'T HAVE A GUT!!! YOHOHOOOOOOO!!!! SKULL JOKE!!!
  • Insane Equals Violent: Greatly subverted. As described by some of the other tropes listed, Brook is not entirely well. As described by still other tropes, he is also the least likely to even act like a jerk, let alone be particularly violent as pirates go.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Brook is old enough to be Franky's grandfather or Luffy's greatgrandfather!
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: His entire existence.
    • Acording to the Other Wiki, his Devil Fruit allows him to function like a normal human despite not having the necessary organs to do so.
    • He's finally given an explanation. It's not organs, or muscles, it's his soul!
    • The reason why he still has an afro even as a skeleton? Deep roots.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Once, when he says "to be continued in the next chapter".
  • Let's Get Dangerous: For all his antics, Brook did manage to amass a large bounty while he was still alive, and can hold his own on a fight, though he's not as badass as Zoro is in swordsmanship.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: [Common phrase that includes a body part (eyes, stomach, etc.)], wait, I don't have [said body part].
  • Musical Assassin: Brook sometimes uses his music as a weapon.
  • Nice Guy: While the crew is made up of goodhearted people, all of them can be really offensive or act like jerks when you meet them... except for Brook, who just comes off as a kind old man with bad manners.
  • Nice Hat: A top hat... that somehow can sit on his afro without falling off.
    • Replaced by a big gold crown two years later. It's like his hair is some kind of hat adhesive.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Yes, yes, yes, and no. Brook isn't a robot. That's Franky.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: He'll try to prevent enemy combatants from contact with his hair at any cost. This is because being a skeleton, he considers it his only visible trait still the same from when he was still alive, and it won't grow back if it gets cut off again(and considering his sole purpose now is to meet up with Laboon again, he kinda needs Laboon to still be able to recognize him somehow). He protects it to such an extent that he loses his very first real fight in the series in order to avoid damage to his hair.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Brook is undoubtedly based on famous guitarist Saul "Slash" Hudson. The resemblance is more noticeable in his younger appearances.
  • No Sell: Has a habit of doing this to enemy attacks. Some examples include:
    • Pierce or shoot him, and it goes right through gaps in his body harmlessly (unless you strike his bones directly).
    • Suck the moisture out of him? There's nothing left to drain.
    • Decapitate him? He simply reattaches his head.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Simultaneously played straight and subverted to humorous effect.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Due to the effect of his Devil Fruit. Even more so after the Time Skip.
  • The Pollyanna: "If we're going to die, we might as well enjoy it..."
  • Power Perversion Potential: First thing he did once he learned to separate soul and body at will: Women's baths.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: A natural extension of being a living skeleton, which he unveils after the timeskip.
  • Pungeon Master: See below!
  • Random Smoking Scene: In the movie One Piece Film: Strong World. (While dressed like a hippie. Exactly what he's smoking is anyone's guess.)
  • Running Gag: "(common expression including a body part). Oh, wait, I don't have (body part)."
    • "Yohoho! Skull Joke!"
      • *Insert Skull Pun here.* Yohohohohohohohoho!
      • He even does this mere moments from apparent death. Let it never be said he isn't dedicated to the practice.
    • 45 degrees!
      • And not a radian more!
  • Sad Clown: Especially in his introductory storyline.
  • Scars Are Forever: Even 52+ years later and with all his flesh gone, whatever head injury he once suffered while alive remains visible.
  • Shout-Out: An extremely tall, quirky, musical talking skeleton? That seems familiar... Or quite possibly another old skull with incredible power and a love of racy material ...
  • Silly Walk: He can run on water by apparently flailing his legs wildly.
  • Skeletal Musician
  • Soul Power: During the Time Skip, he learned the true power of his Devil Fruit: the power to control the inexhaustable energy of his soul.
  • Stealth Pun: (Combined with Punny Name and Fridge Brilliance) His becoming the Soul King, because (apart from his skeleton and his hair) that's the only part of him remaining after he came back to life. After the Time Skip, his soul can become mobile at will.
  • Stepford Smiler: He kept himself (sorta) sane over fifty years of isolation by constantly cracking lame jokes and performing silly stunts. Underneath that though... It's telling that at the end of the Thiller Bark arc, he was surprised he was happy to be alive.
  • Super Drowning Skills: As with all Devil Fruit users, he sinks like a stone in water. Though one would assume, since he has no organs, that this wouldn't be as inconvenient for him, his body still seems to act as if it has the organs even if they don't physically exist. Like Chopper, he also forgets he can't swim, but he can at least run on the surface of the water.
  • Surreal Humor
  • Took a Level in Badass: Possibly has the most new abilities after the time skip. Despite being one of the (relatively) weaker crew members before the time skip he gets paired to fight with the New Fishman pirates' second in command, defeating him effortlessly too.
  • Undead: Of the Dem Bones variety.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Played with; the Grand Line is full of people with odd powers and Devil Fruit abilities, so Brook being a nine foot tall living skeleton might not raise too many eyebrows, but at the same time, even Franky warns him that he might stand out too much... yet no one ever comments on his appearance. The most he ever gets is someone thinking that he's wearing a mask.
    • While it was kind of weird before the time-skip, it's pretty much justified after, since he became a famous musician.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Not really upper class, it's just a facade that he puts on, but he would not be out of place in Black Adder.
    • Up for debate. His background implies he held the position of captain of an unnamed kingdom's army before becoming a pirate, so it's equally possible that he was upper class first and the twit part developed from being The Aloner.
      • Hey, if he wasn't before, "Soul King" definitely is.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's a living skeleton with creepy (and downright horrific) abilities. Yet his voice is amazingly soft, calm and musical. In fact, most of time he sounds as if he were about to burst into a good, healthy laughter anytime.
  • Walk on Water: Due to his light frame, he can dash across the ocean's surface for a short time. How long is only limited by endurance.
  • Weapon of Choice
    • Magic Music: He has used violin chords to put people to sleep.
      • Post-Time Skip, he can use music to hypnotize people into seeing illusions, such as a festival.
    • Sword Cane: His primary weapon.
      • During the timeskip, the longarms sharpened the blade and it was given the name "Soul Solid."
  • You Are Already Dead: His signature attack, Hanauta Sancho: Yahazu Giri, involves slicing his opponent once at incomprehendible speeds (literally – unlike with Ken's attacks, the audience literally never even sees Brook do so much as Flash Step in this attack), and then slowly walks away. After 3 steps, Brook sheathes his sword... followed by his confused opponent then suffering what's usually a fatality.
  • Your Size May Vary: Brook is ridiculously tall, but sometimes sloppy animators forget this fact while others exaggerate it. In other words, his height depends on the art director of an episode. Officially, he's 8'9.
  • You Shall Not Pass: He tried this against a Pacifista to protect Sanji and Usopp at Sabaody Archipelago. It didn't go very well.

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