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    "Cotton Candy Lover" Dr. Tony Tony Chopper 
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Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP)Note ; Brina Palencia (EN, Funi), Lisa Ortiz (EN, 4Kids); Nallely Solís (Latin American Spanish); Luis Vicente Ivars (SP)

"See...? Now I'm a real pirate!!"

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 first bounty was 50 berries, and his current bounty is still a measly 100 berries. The World Government is apparently unaware of his capabilities as a doctor or a fighter, and consider him the crew's pet. He currently holds two dubious records for his bounties; Lowest starting bounty (for his 50 beli bounty) and lowest active bounty (for his 100 beli bounty).
  • Adaptational Badass: In the One Piece: Pirate Warriors series, he can kick ass in his hybrid form.
  • Affectionate Nickname: After asking her to show him respect for his genius, Carrot starts calling him "Cho-niki" (a play on the Japanese word for brother and interpreted as "Bropper" in the English version) out of respect/affection.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: A send-up of Rudolph.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Chopper is the youngest Straw Hat member and is treated like a younger surrogate brother to the older members, especially Zoro and Robin
  • Badass Adorable: Small, kind, insanely huggable, but very strong nonetheless. Too bad for him, the Marines only noticed the "adorable" part, hence his small bounty.
  • Badass Bookworm: Being the doctor of the crew, Chopper possesses a vast knowledge of both medicine and medical drugs as well as the preparations of most remedies and ointments ranging from regular fruits, roots, and vegetables that can be found and used on most islands. He is also capable of administering surgery and resuscitation.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Except for when he's Chopperman. And that brief time in Strong World where he wore shoes.
  • Beast Man: In his Heavy Point.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He's not a tanuki! Or a raccoon! Or a gorilla! (Heavy Point) Or a beetle! (post-time-skip Horn Point)
    • Don't do anything to disgrace the medical profession. Hogback learned that the hard way.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Developed one for the children on Punk Hazard, especially Mocha.
  • Bishounen Line: His Horn Point form looks notably more human after the time-skip. (But Luffy called him a beetle due to the horns.)
  • Brainy Brunette: He has brown fur and is the crew's doctor.
  • Breakout Character: Chopper ended up becoming the series' mascot, with most of the series' merchandise being Chopper related and 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: His bounty of fifty Berries causes him great shame. Anytime his bounty is brought up, he has either a rare amusing Heroic B.S.O.D., or he curls up in his Corner of Woe. Obviously, Oda made this into a Running Gag.
  • Canada, Eh?: While real nations do not exist in the One Piece world, the author has stated that Chopper would likely be from Canada, as reindeer are indigenous to that area. Whether intentionally or not, this is also reflected in his personality, as he is by far the nicest member of the Straw Hat crew.
  • Character Development: After the timeskip, Chopper seems to have grown more confident, much like Usopp. He no longer strives to be looked at as a human, now only wanting to "be a monster that can help Luffy" as he put it. He even has grown mature enough to smack his crewmates, mostly Zoro and Luffy, when they try to do something stupid or extreme. He also seems to have outgrown most habits mentioned above, but his habit of peeking still remains.
  • Cherry Blossoms: A part of his arc, introduction and jolly roger.
  • Combat Medic: He's the crew's doctor, and has no problems contributing to the fights.
  • 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.
  • Cute Bruiser: He's cute as a button, but he packs a mighty punch.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Chopper was ostracized for his blue nose, and kicked out of his herd after eating the Human-Human Fruit. He was also rejected by Drum Kingdom's humans as a monster. The only human who cared for him was a quack doctor named Dr. Hiriluk. Being trained as a doctor, he got confused by the skull-and-crossbones, which Hiriluk described as a symbol of strength for pirates, but in medical terms meant certain death. As a result, he accidentally fatally poisoned Dr. Hiriluk. So his father-figure walked into a trap set by Drum's King, Wapol, and committed suicide.note 
  • 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.
  • Ditzy Genius: 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite being a powerful pirate, the Marines mistake Chopper for simply being the Straw Hats Team Pet and gave him a laughably small bounty as a result.
  • Easily Impressed: He's just as easy to impress by silly things as Luffy, if not more.
  • 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. Also of the The Incredible Hulk, of all things, if you recall that classic Bruce Banner was a med student before he was a nuclear physicist, and transforming makes up the bulk of his combat abilities.
  • 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.
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Frequently, when using his Kung Fu Point.
  • Furry Fandom: Chopper feels no attraction at all to regular human females, but funnily enough, a fellow Petting Zoo Person girl with reindeer antlers and a snout apparently makes all the difference. Which, to be fair, makes a lot of sense at least.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: Chopper is an accomplished doctor, at 15, and loves anything sweet, especially cotton candy.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In Totto Land arc, after Carrot knocks over the cauldron and splashes Brulee's group, causing chaos, he slips out of his chains, munches on a Rumble Ball, goes Monster Point and immediately grabs the giant talking crocodile guy who he then uses to smash the others.
  • 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.
  • Humanity Ensues: Used to be just a regular reindeer until eating a Devil's Fruit which made him anthropomorphic.
  • I Am Not Weasel: People often mistake his hybrid form for a tanuki. His Heavy Point form is mistaken for a gorilla.
  • Iconic Outfit: His simple burgundy shorts and original hat. His Time Skip hat is also fairly well known now.
  • In a Single Bound: His Jumping Point form, which greatly increases his jumping ability.
  • Intellectual Animal: At age 17, the Doogie Howser, M.D. of intellectual animals.
  • Irony: His heavy point is supposed to naturally be his most visibly "human" form and theoretically allow him to blend in with humans, but it actually ends up being perceived by people as even more monstrous than Brain Point, especially after the Timeskip.
  • 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.
  • Kiddie Kid: He's 15, and only a couple years younger than Luffy, but he can also be very childish and extremely gullible. It may involve that he was 8 years old when he ate the Human-Human fruit (his hybrid form has not changed, but his reindeer form has grown up).
  • Lethal Joke Character: The Marines consider him a pet and gave him a microscopic bounty, despite him being an extremely capable and destructive fighter.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Kung Fu Point.
  • Like a Son to Me: Dr. Kureha secretly refers to him as "my stupid son" when he leaves Drum Island.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: His blue nose and Devil Fruit caused him to be shunned by his own herd, and after Hiriluk and Kureha took him in, he still had no friends until he met the Straw Hats.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His Guard Point form, which grows thick fur that acts as a cushion against attacks.
  • 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.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Sported some impressive guns in his Pre-Timeskip Arm Point form, and true to his appearance, his strength was the real deal while using it. His Post-Timeskip Heavy Point, meanwhile, now looks like the Incredible Hulk and is able to match the power of a giant Fishmen's hammer swing with a punch.
  • 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: One of the kindest characters in the series.
  • 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.
    • This changes in Chapter 814, where he becomes smitten with a Reindeer Mink.
  • Older Than They Look. Some of his forms are a case of this, most notably his most common one; he's 15/17, but not that you would know it from Brain Point.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Chopper, mostly thanks to his Rumble Balls. Zoan users have three transformations: their default form, an animal hybrid, and a full animal form. Chopper has seven transformations that mix the strengths and weaknesses of his default three forms, which surprises even people who are used to fighting Devil Fruit users. Then there is what happens if he eats three Rumble Balls within six hours before the Time Skip.
  • Out of Focus: He, Sanji, Nami, and Brook during the second half of the Dressrosa Arc. They were absent from the story for more than a year and a half in the real world before reappearing (from December 2013 to July 2015).
  • Parental Abandonment: Herd abandonment, to be exact. Already disliked for his abnormal blue nose, when he accidentally ate a Devil Fruit and turned into a human-reindeer hybrid, they cast him out of the group- Chopper's exact parentage among them is never elaborated upon, but if his parents were among the group, the relationship had to be really ugly. Chopper later confronted the leader of the herd in a violent and nearly lethal confrontation that netted him a broken horn and leg, so we know there is no love to be found with them.
  • 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. His true form, of course, is as a real reindeer (Walk Point).
  • Petting Zoo People: In some of his forms due to his shape shifting abilities. The most human-like one is probably his pre-timeskip Jumping Point. The new Horn Point also generally has the proportions of a pre-teen human, though his forearms are swollen.
  • Power Fist: In Arm Point.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Chopper's main color scheme is pink and he always wears his trademark pink hat.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: In fact; his cuteness is the very reason why the Marines underestimated him and gave him a pathetically low bounty.
  • 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.
    • 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. Nami even lampshaded it by saying he's the kind of guy who just can't hide his feelings. It was rooted in his initial distrust of humans conflicting with his happiness over the praise.
    • Being mistaken for a tanuki.
  • 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. He has not used Scope Point for the longest time now, either, because the need to use it hasn't been paramount.
  • 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".
  • The Strategist: Showing off some of his newfound maturity after the timeskip, he remains calm and comes up with an ingenious Batman Gambit to defeat Charlotte Brûlée along with Carrot, which he prides himself in greatly.
  • Stone Wall: Guard Point, which makes him almost invincible but he can't attack in it.
  • Super-Deformed: A result of his Art Evolution; his head became rounder and larger than his body (which lost its original chubbiness), and his muzzle, at first large enough to conceal his mouth when it wasn't moving, now barely sticks out from his face (and it's only visible from a side view).
  • 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 Gullible: Chopper will believe just about anything he hears. He always falls for Usopp's stories and is the only one other than Luffy who was fooled by his Sogeking disguise. He even believed Nami when she lied to Lola about being a man.
  • 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.
  • Sweet Tooth: He likes anything sweet, but especially cotton candy, hence his nickname.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teen Genius: Was already an accomplished surgeon, physician, hematologist, and chemist (remember, he manufactured the Rumble Balls) at fifteen years old, and he's even more skilled at 17. Later on, he also proves himself a good strategist in combat situations.
  • Tender Tears: 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.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The youngest and smallest (the latter by far) of the Straw Hats. He's the only one to not be at least average height in his typical form.
  • Token Non-Human: He's the only non-human member of the crew, though the Human-Human Fruit gave him the ability to turn into a human-like form and gave him human intelligence.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His Heavy Point after the Timeskip is this trope Up to Eleven. It's a wonder how those little legs support that Hulk-frame.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The hat he wears was given to him by the deceased Dr. Hiriluk, who was also Chopper's father figure.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He has an extremely minuscule bounty. That said, his transformations can kick as much ass as the rest of the Straw Hat crew.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: 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 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.
  • Uplifted Animal: Eating the Human-Human Fruit gave him human intelligence, as well as the ability to take on two different humanoid forms.
  • 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.
  • Wingding Eyes: He develops a crush on a Reindeer Mink named Milky, getting heart eyes whenever he talks to her.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He occasionally performs some pro wrestling maneuvers while in Heavy Point, once notably putting Zoro in a Boston Crab. On one occasion in Thriller Bark, he teamed up with Robin (who likes to do submission holds) to do an aerial suplex.
  • Younger Than They Look. Not his typical child-like form (Brain Point), which is a case of Older Than They Look, but his Heavy Point transformation takes on the appearance of a grown man rather than a 15/17 year old. May be Justified due to Reindeer aging faster than humans.

    "Demon Child" Nico Robin 
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Child Voice: Anzu Nagai (JP), Jad Saxton (EN, Funi)
Adult Voice: Yuriko Yamaguchi (JP)Note ; Stephanie Young (EN, Funi), Veronica Taylor (EN, 4Kids); Kerygma Flores (Latin American Spanish); Rosa Campillo (SP)

"I want to live! Take me out to sea with you!"

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 first bounty was 79,000,000 berries, given to her at the tender age of 8. Her second bounty was 80,000,000 berries. Her third and current bounty is 130,000,000 berries. She currently holds one record for her bounties, being the person with the most known bounty picture updates (with 3).
  • Absolute Cleavage: Depends on the outfit, but it shows up quite a bit. Her first post-Time Skip outfit is the most infamous example.
  • Action Girl: Robin is completely able to keep up with the Monster Trio (Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji) in a fight; this comes full-circle when she joins with Kyros and Rebecca for the fight against Diamanté, one of Doflamingo's dragons, a role only taken by the aforementioned Trio.
  • 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: She's a sea-faring pirate, former assassin, and the Straw Hat's resident well for information on all things historical. Notably though, she technically subverts this trope because she actually employs the methods and ideology of real archaeologists rather than the "Indiana Jones" methods; destroying ancient artifacts and sites is a major Berserk Button of hers and she spends hours quietly studying books about history.
  • 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 marginalized on Ohara after eating the Flower-Flower Fruit. It went From Bad to 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 turn on her by selling her location to the Marines.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Robin'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.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In the pre-Time Skip anime, her skin was darker than Zoro's. Her pale skin post-Time Skip (which she always had in the manga) threw a few people off. It's noteworthy that her skin became lighter (but not outright light) while staying in the snowy Tequila Wolf.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Introduced as morally ambiguous, her powers make her an efficient Long-Range Fighter who can easily cripple her opponents with virtually no opportunity for resistance, with little action needed from her end. Now that she's a protagonist, her abilities are kept in check by either not giving her too many fights or somehow handicapping her when she has the opportunity.
    • This is actually more of a case of her being very cautious, unlike the rest of the crew. She tends to avoid fighting or using her ability at all unless she's forced to, which gives her several advantages, mainly that of ambiguity, as because she doesn't fight, no one can properly gauge her strengths or weaknesses. It's also implied that she mostly developed killing techniques during her time abroad and in Baroque Works, and there's an unwritten rule among the Straw Hats not to kill their opponents.
  • The Antichrist: The Marine's believe that she's it, anyway. Her Marine-created nickname of "Demon Child" comes from a belief that her bloodline is tainted and that she has the knowledge/power to destroy the world, or at least start Armageddon. This all turns out to be a fabrication by the higher echelons of the World Government to cover up her ability to read Poneglyphs — and thus blow the whistle on the hidden history of the world — and ensure she has no allies to turn to.
  • Anti-Hero: One of the most ruthless members of the crew.
  • Anti-Villain: 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.
  • Arc Villain: She originally began as the secondary antagonist of the Alabasta Arc. However, even so, she was never flat out nasty to the Straw Hats, which, needless to say, worked out well for her.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite her stoic demeanor, she is really cute, and more than capable of handling herself in a fight.
  • 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. Naturally, that doesn't roll with the Straw Hats. They burn the World Government flag just to let her know that they will always be there for her. Enies Lobby is destroyed not long after.
  • Becoming the Mask: Robin had originally planned to use the Straw Hats as a shield until they deemed her too dangerous to protect any longer, as she had with all of the groups she joined. However, after being accepted and loved by them as one of their own, she chose to give up her life for the sake of her crew by giving herself into the government that she had been running away from her whole life. Of course, this didn't stop the Straw Hats from trying to save her despite her claiming she wanted to die; however, upon realizing that they would stick by her no matter what, she claimed that she wanted to stay in their crew forever and sail the seas with them.
  • Berserk Button: Five:
    • Don't bring up her nickname ("Demon Child").
    • Don't speak ill of Ohara.
    • Don't destroy historical artifacts in front of her.
    • Don't talk up Marines like they're the saviors of the world, or drone on about the righteousness of their cause and the "strength of justice."
    • Finally, don't mention, or dream about, her docking (a silly combination attack devised by Franky and the others). Just don't, unless you want a broken back or a snapped neck.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's generally extremely sophisticated and polite, but if you make her mad, heaven help you.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She seems to be gaining one of these towards Rebecca.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: A Running Gag is her casually pointing this out whenever possible.
  • Bond Breaker: Her leaving with the CP9 really soured things for the Straw Hats.
  • Brainy Brunette: Has black hair and is an accomplished archaeologist.
  • Broken Bird: Due to being pegged for death by a Government Conspiracy – specifically, she's the only one 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.
  • Character Development: Before the timeskip, she often spoke only when spoken to or if something noteworthy happened. Her calmness is likely a result of the childhood that led to her life of hardship. The calamity that befell Ohara had a profound and traumatizing effect on Robin as a child, which she has only just begun to recover from. However, as she begins to spend more time around the crew, her personality begins to ease up. When Robin is rescued by the Straw Hats from Enies Lobby, it is then that she considers herself both their friend and an official member of the crew. After the timeskip, Robin's personality is much more relaxed and playful in nature (as evidenced by her common giggling), due to her exposure to the other Straw Hats.
  • 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. Proven even more when she stops Hakuba like it was nothing.
  • 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.
  • Child Prodigy: At only eight years old, she aced an archaeology exam and was officially inducted as a scholar; Robin is also able to read the Poneglyphs.
  • Christmas Cake: Although she usually shows no signs of age angst, when she is de-aged to 18 in the Z Film and wants to return to normal, Usopp jokes that she should be happy that everything is in the right place. She does not take his comment well.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: As part of her Offstage Villainy, she apparently betrayed a lot of organizations; prior to the Straw Hats (and 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 has incredible composure.
  • The Consigliere: To Crocodile; she apparently ran most of the day-to-day operations of Baroque Works.
  • Contralto of Danger: One of the deepest female voices in the series goes to the woman whose M.O. leaves her opponents crippled.
  • 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 to Crocodile). 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.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She finds Kanjuro's Rising Dragon so cute that it makes her blush heavily, and look seconds away from entering Cuteness Overload territory.
  • Damsel in Distress: Twice.
    • Most of Enies Lobby is a Rescue Arc where the Straw Hats are fighting the CP9 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, while apparently in the process of her own escape attempt and might not have been bound with Seastone anyway, making her status as "distressed" questionable at best.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Miniskirt, specifically. Though this was technically only seen in her introductory "cow girl" outfit, she's still been pulling off the effect anyway with short dresses ever since.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Initially abandoned by her parents and left to her abusive aunt and uncle until she learned to be a top archaeologist at age 8, her parents (along with all the other people of her land, Ohara) were then killed by the World Government for learning too much about the "True History". Although Robin was allowed to escape, she ended up on the lam, spending the rest of her childhood being betrayed by various people until she took cover in the Baroque Works crime syndicate.
  • 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: Robin's dad seems to have perished, some time around when she was very little. We don't know the exact details or if he's really dead, just that Robin's mother claims he was.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She can talk about death and gruesome possible fates just as easily and calmly as she can talk about the weather.
  • The Dog Bites Back: During her imprisonment at Enies Lobby, Spandam took every possible opportunity to physically beat her while she was helpless and laugh in her face while he did it. When Franky catches up to them and unlocks her handcuffs, the very first thing Robin does is use her powers to beat Spandam to a bloody pulp. She gets another moment of this while the Straw Hats are making their escape, using her powers to forcibly bend Spandam backwards until his spine breaks clean in two.
  • Doomed Hometown: Her home island of Ohara was destroyed by the Buster Call.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": When she was working as a member of Baroque Works, she rejected the use of her birth name.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: She can make full body copies of herself with her powers after the Time Skip.
  • 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.
  • Enfant Terrible: The World Government would like folks to believe this, claiming she sank six ships by the time she was eight.
  • Fanservice 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.
  • Friendless Background: A variant of it. Due to her introverted nature and having obtained her disturbing Lovecraftian Superpower at a young age, she was ridiculed as a child by other kids and could only make friends with adults - specifically, the Oharan archaeologists and Jaguar D. Saul. After they were all killed in the Buster Call, she had no close relationships with anyone for the next 20 years until she met the Straw Hats.
  • Full-Name Basis: Like Zoro, villains only ever call her by her full name.
  • 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.
  • Genocide Backfire: The World Government was worried that the scholars of her home island, Ohara, would discover the Void Century, a point in time they didn't want anyone to know about. Therefore, they exterminated the entire island. As the Lone Survivor, Nico Robin vowed revenge by discovering the Void Century.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Uses a gigantic variation after the Time Skip.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Robin's main color scheme is purple and many of her outfits (especially the earlier one), are purple.
  • 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: Her method of "convincing" Franky to join the Straw Hats was to...squeeze the ever-loving hell out of his family jewels.
  • 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 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. Granted, she was never much of a heel anyway. She blatantly never gave a crap about Crocodile's goals, and was just using his organization to get what she wanted. Too bad for her he knew that from the start.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: She goes through a brief one after the Ohara incident.
  • 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 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 His 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.
  • Iconic Outfit: A mild example with her Enies Lobby outfit (the leather dress and thigh-highs getup). She's generally a fashionista like Nami, but that particular ensemble is still showing up in merchandise and video games, 10 years later. Like the other Straw Hats, her first Time Skip outfit is already iconic now, appearing as her primary look in just about all the latest merchandise and depictions.
  • 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 Franky, for example.
  • Large Ham: It turns out that Robin is the biggest overactor of the crew. Subversion in that she only does this for musicals. Justified in that she thought it was supposed to be an opera. Normally she is quite serious.
  • Little Black Dress: Often her attire after the timeskip.
  • Living MacGuffin:
    • During the Enies Lobby Arc, the plot is essentially the Straw Hats fighting to get her back after her capture by Cipher Pol.
    • In the New World, it's revealed that the only way to find the island where Roger stashed One Piece is by reading the Poneglyphs, and Robin is the only known person alive capable of doing that. In other words, everyone that wants One Piece will need her to get to it.
      Boss Cat Viper: When the time comes and you go about reading those (Poneglyphs), all the Big Names from around the world will surely come to snatch you away!
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Aside from Saul and Clover, she had no friends until she met the Straw Hats.
  • 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!
  • Made of Iron: Subtler than most others in this series, but she sure is. She's survived things like Kuma's Ursus Shock, being punched through walls, and being fried to a crisp by Enel's electric powers.
  • 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.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: According to an SBS panel, Robin would be Russian. Her life's experiences made her very strong.
  • 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:
    • Prior to Thriller Bark, Robin would rarely address her crewmates by name, any name; she's very fond of Hey, You!. When she did go by name, it was a simple nickname like Long-nose (Usopp), Swordsman (Zoro), Mister Cook (Sanji) and so on. The only crewmate she would always call by name is Luffy, the captain himself, and this was only once or twice 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 starting in Thriller Bark 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.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Compared to the other Straw Hats, she is the most realistically drawn, with pupils noticeably larger than in most other female eyes.
  • Not So Different: From Nami. They both, as 8-year-old children, were Forced to Watch their homes being threatened by horrific individuals, driven into criminal activity to survive, had to live constantly on the run, know full well what it's like to have your home town absolutely hate you for being alive, and were both in completely hopeless situations until Luffy came along, and gave them a place to call home.
  • Not So Stoic:
  • 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.
    • Well that's the World Government's story anyway. (That's where the name "Demon Child" comes from.) Since we never see her do anything evil and she was targeted by the World Government for being able to read Poneglyphs, there's no telling whether or not she actually ever did anything evil or if she was simply able to survive their targeting of her while her associates didn't.
      • Also, this is the same World Government who has no problem killing pregnant women and their unborn babies, there's no doubt they embellished Robin's "misdeeds" to get the public on their side.
  • Out of Focus: Zoro, Robin, Usopp, and Franky are all completely absent during the Whole Cake Island arc due to heading for Wano instead. This mirrors Nami, Chopper, Sanji, and Brook's absence during most of the Dressrosa Arc.
  • 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 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.
  • Pirate Girl: She counts as one, having been either an outlaw, allied with pirates, or a pirate herself for most of her life, but it's Downplayed. For one thing, she does not have the personality or look you would typically associate with a pirate-tess; which, of course, is generally the rule for most of her crew too, but Robin is easily the least rowdy and pirate-like of the Straw Hats. Secondly, she's obviously a bit too mature to be called a "girl"; so, all in all, the greedy and hotheaded Nami takes up the trope better.
  • 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.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Robin's main color scheme is purple.
  • Redemption Demotion: While she is by no means weak, after joining the crew, "snap the opponent's spine" is no longer her immediate solution to a conflict (emphasis on "immediate").
  • Red Oni, 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.
  • Sexophone: One of her eyecatchers during a commercial break and her leitmotif in the actual series include sultry saxophone music, written by series co-composer Kohei Tanaka.
  • She's Back: Snapping the spine of a Dirty Coward who abused you while you were held hostage via Sea Prism Stone handcuffs does that to you.
  • She's Got Legs: Robin has long and slender legs which get shown off quite a lot due to her uniforms, especially after the Timeskip.
  • Shout-Out: Her look after the timeskip may remind people of another Adventurer Archaeologist.
  • Sole Survivor: When the World Government unleashed a Buster Call on her home island of Ohara, she was the only one to escape thanks to the efforts of Saul.
  • 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" 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 (until the Dressrosa arc) – this is lampshaded in one of the anime's ending themes. Perhaps not the same ending theme, but one involves shots of each of the crew looking normally, before switching over to a crazy expression, with two exceptions; Zoro, who simply falls asleep, and Robin, who goes from reading books to... reading more books.
  • 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. Considering her past, this is Justified.
  • 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: Her debut had her cold as ice, her debut as a Straw Hat Pirate had her warm up a notch, so she was sweet ice. Right after Enies Lobby, she was in full blown sugar mode.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sure, her powers were pretty badass from the start, but she mastered them during the Time Skip. After the two-year interim, she was able to create thousands of limbs, make them large enough to restrain whole ships, and create duplicates of her entire body. She's a better fighter after this too; if she can't break a foe's neck, she can now twist his torso 180 degrees. She's also used her power to create hundreds of limbs, combine them into two huge limbs, and bring them down on a large number of enemies, crushing them like bugs.(In short, if you thought messing with her before was dangerous, you certainly don't want to now.)
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Her time with the Straw Hats has made her genuinely happy and gaining a desire to live.
  • Tranquil Fury: After joining the crew, this is the state she gets in on the rare event that she gets pissed off. This is present in one scene when, without changing facial expression, she uses her Devil Fruit powers to snap Spandam's back.
  • 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. After the Timeskip, her status as weak is debatable. She takes down Fishmen (who are said to be usually 10 times stronger than the average human) easily and, even better, effortlessly caught and restrained the clearly super humanly strong Hakuba when he tried to blitz her.
  • 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.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Became a common theme with her outfits after the Timeskip in canon material or otherwise. Not seen before at all, however.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: 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. Due to Character Development, Enies Lobby, and spending 2 years with The Revolutionary Army, it seems that this is no longer the case.
  • Winged Humanoid: She can do so temporarily by fashioning a number of arms into wings.
  • Women Are Wiser: She possesses common sense in spades and lacks the quirks (Robin has her own quirks too, they're just fairly subtle compared to the others') and Berserk Button tendencies that Nami has. She tends to stay cool and collected in almost any situation, even when her captain has them haring off on some utterly ridiculous course on a whim. The major difference between her and Nami is that, while Nami tends to try to show the rest of the group how ludicrous their actions are (sometimes coming off as the Only Sane Woman), Robin is perfectly content to sit back, smile, and read a book while Luffy makes plans to blast the ship and crew into the sky.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Robin can't return to Ohara due to it being destroyed by the Buster Call.
  • You Killed My Mother: Not just her mother, but her mentor/father figure, the group of archaeologists who were her only friends, and her hometown itself. Their murders are the reason behind her hatred for the Government, specifically Spandine and Spandam.
  • 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"/"Iron Man" Franky 
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Child Voice: Junko Noda (JP), Terri Doty (EN, Funi), Greg Ayres (EN, Unlimited Adventure), Mercedes Espinosa (SP)
Adult Voice: Kazuki Yao (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN), Miguel Ángel Pérez (SP)

"I'm feeling especially super this week!"

Franky, real name Cutty Flam, is the crew's shipwright. His eccentric behavior (SUUUPPERRR!!) and habit of wearing very little other then his trusty 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 hint of anything sentimental. 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 first bounty was 44,000,000 Berries. His current bounty is 94,000,000 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.
  • Anatomy Arsenal: Thanks to extensive self-modification.
  • The Apprentice: He and Iceburg were the shipwright apprentices to the late Tom.
  • Arm Cannon: There's a cannon in his left arm.
  • Artificial Limbs: To a near exaggerated extent. He's a cola powered cyborg, having rebuilt his limbs and much of his body from the wrecks of his old battleships aka Battle Frankys.
  • The Atoner: Iceberg suggests that the creation of the Franky Family to give its members a living while stopping crime in Water 7 is Franky's atonement for indirectly condemning Tom to execution.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Funimation dub, as he's voiced by Patrick Seitz.
  • Badass Biker:
    • In One Piece Film: Strong World, he made two motorcycles out of a giant crayfish, which he called Zarley Davidson, and a giant grasshopper, which he called Batta GT-7000.
    • Post-Time Skip, he has built the Black Rhino FR-U IV, a massive rhino-themed caterpillar track motorcycle.
  • Bald of Awesome: After the timeskip, Franky usually sports a buzz-cut (which he can change at will).
  • Big Fancy Sword: The Marauder's sword, the Franken.
  • Blatant Lies: He's not crying, damn it! HE'S NOT!
  • Blow You Away: His Coup de Vent technique, which shoots a blast of compressed air at the opponent. After the Time Skip, he has a one-handed version which acts as a Hand Blast.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Franky's represents the color cyan or light blue.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Franky's theme actually pre-dates Franky himself, originally being used for Usopp's 5-Ton Hammer escapade, and especially before that, when Luffy first meets Eyelashes.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: A running gag in the series is that of Franky being extremely compassionate whenever he overhears what he experiences a touching story or moment, causing him to cry uncontrollably.
  • Building Swing: Like Luffy and Robin, he can use an expandable arm (his right forearm being connected to his bicep with a metal chain, in his case) to climb and swing from buildings.
  • 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!"
  • Chick Magnet: If his interactions with Señor Pink are any indication, that plus the fact he spent his time as an underworld boss surrounded by two hotties everywhere he went.
  • Child Prodigy: The reason Tom took him on as a shipwright apprentice — he witnessed a then child-aged Franky make a cannon out of scrap that was lying about.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: With his eccentricity and his tendency to shut "SUPER!" whenever he can, there's no denying he's an odd man.
  • Combining Mecha: The Iron Pirate Franky Shogun is composed of the Black Rhino FR-U IV and Brachio Tank V.
    • Pre-Time Skip, Franky attempts to form one of these with the other Strawhats in Thriller Bark. Robin is mortified at the thought.
  • Cool Shades: Always wears a pair of sunglasses.
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite how he usually behaves, you really really don't want to get in a fight with him. Two close subordinates of Doflamingo learned this in a very painful way.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul:
    • Averted. He's one of the most emotional Straw Hats, being extremely quick to laugh, cry, or get angry.
    • 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, though it's implied he's showing off. Robin jokes (maybe) that she can't really consider him "human" anymore.
  • Cyborg: It's even the epithet on his Wanted poster.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After being thrown overboard by his pirate parents, Franky was taken in at Water 7, and trained to be a shipwright along with adoptive brother Iceburg. His mentor, Tom, was prosecuted for building Roger's ship, Oro Jackson, but cut a deal where he would build the Sea Train. After building it and four lines, he was framed by the World Government when they used ships built by Franky to attack Water 7. When they tried to take Tom to Enies Lobby to be executed Franky tried to stop the Sea Train, and got run over in the process.
  • Determinator: He turned himself into a cyborg... after getting hit by a train!
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He is always barefoot by default. Even when made to wear pants before becoming a cyborg, he didn't use any footwear. As a cyborg, he doesn't need any because he has artificial body parts reinforced with iron, including his feet. Though he has worn both footwear in movies and filler, he has yet to do so in canon.
  • Dr. Fakenstein: A subtle example, but it's there. While he doesn't mess around with corpses, he is a talented engineer who is more than willing to modify his own body and his name sounds close enough to Frankenstein's. One Halloween-themed artwork also had him cosplaying as a Frankenstein's Monster, just to drive the point further.
  • Eagleland: While the USA obviously doesn't exist in the world of One Piece, Franky's appearance and personality are a very over-the-top mishmash of various stereotypes the Japanese have about Americans, and Oda claimed in an interview that if Franky were real, he'd hail from America. A full analysis can be found halfway down this page.
  • 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. Post-Time Skip, his hair can change between infinite styles with a push on his nose. Oda has decided to make this a Running Gag.
  • Fartillery: He can channel his Coup de Vent attack out of his posterior...resulting in a name change to Coup de Boo.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Heavy Nunchuk! It's made from two stone pillars attached to already large steel nunchuks. Thriller Bark only.
  • Finger Firearms: Before the Timeskip, he had the "ability" to open his finger like a door hinge and fire a bullet.
  • Foil: His past in relation to Nami's. Both grew up adopted with a sibling, with both children and the parent all the same gender. While Nami's adoptive parent was a former Marine killed by a Fishman, Franky's adoptive parent was a Fishman killed by the Government to which the Marines are associated.
  • 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.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: After the time skip, he's developed this as a finishing move called the Franky Radical Beam as a replacement to his Coup de Vent. Which, according to One Piece Film: Z, can wipe out Pacifistas.
  • 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.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Franky was able to remake his own body.
  • Gatling Good: There's a machine gun in the knuckles of his left hand.
  • 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, with a body that is mostly made of literal iron.
  • Gentle Giant: Becomes very apparent around children and normal people. Beneath the hard metal shell of his gigantic body is a really soft center.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: After the Time Skip, Franky now has two stitch-mark scars on his torso running down from the back of his neck indicating that he had sewn his skin back on.
  • Gratuitous English: Probably the most frequent user outside of combat.
  • 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.
  • Iconic Outfit: Open, loud red Hawaiian shirt? Sharp black shades? Inappropriately small blue speedo? It could only be SUUUUUUUUUUUUPER Franky of course!
  • Immune to Bullets: Particularly important in the literal Taking the Bullet scene for Robin during the Enies Lobby arc. However, he's only immune in the front and not the back; after all, since he did all his modifications himself, he couldn't reach his back.
  • 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.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Will bawl his eyes out whenever he hears a sad story. Considering that almost everyone in the One Piece world has some kind of tragic past, this happens a lot.
  • Insult Backfire: He takes "pervert" as a compliment.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: His cyborg functions are powered by carbonation! So is the ship he made, for that matter. It may also serve as an Incredibly Lame Pun and a joke on Steam Punk, since the most popular brand of cola is Coke and coke is a type of fuel that was used in steam engines.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a Straw Hat Pirate, this was to be expected, though after Enies Lobby, it seems he's full on Nice Guy now. Or at the very least there's more emphasis on the "Heart Of Gold" part.
  • Kavorka Man: Given his obscenely Frankenstein like appearance after the time skip, it was amazing he could charm Señor Pink's hired help the way he can.
    • Though given that said hired help was also attracted to Señor Pink, it's possible that they were admiring his manly attitude more than anything.
  • Kick the Dog: In one scene Franky and a couple of enemy agents see each other at a distance, said agents decide they have no reason to attack an unknown bystander, on the other hand Franky just starts shooting them, it is never justified why he attacked them.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Used to be the case with the Square Sisters; Mozu and Kiwi back in his mafia days. Even two years later at the final stages of the Dressrosa Arc shows that he's still got it, having smitten some of Señor Pink's fanbase with his charm.
  • Large Ham: Natch. He once responded to a sad backstory by playing a somber tune on his guitar.
  • The Leader: Before becoming the shipwright of the Straw Hat Pirates, Franky was the underworld boss of Water 7.
  • Likes Older Women: Unlike Sanji, Brook, and Usopp, Franky has no interest in young beautiful women as he and Senor Pink stated in their battle Franky only kissing Qween (Smile factory Manger) to shut her up. Franky does however show interest in older women like Robin, and did show excitement when Nami ripped up Kalifa's clothes shouting "AOW!" and giving the thumbs up.
  • 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.
  • Magnetic Hero: Because of his unbiased and protective attitude, he is quick in making friends and allies with the most unlikely of individuals, such as street thugs and pirates. He is seen as a 'big brother' figure, and is admired by many for his efforts to protect them, such as Nico Robin and the Franky Family.
  • Man of the City: According to Iceburg, Franky made himself this for Water 7 because he felt responsible Tom's death. He took the downtrodden dregs of the city and formed the Franky Family to get them off the streets, who he had work as salvagers and bounty hunters to give them legitimate work, and said work was intended to protect the city by taking out pirates that approached it.
  • Manly Tears: Whenever Franky hears a sob-story his eyes turn into rivers. He does it so often its a personality trait.
  • Meaningful Rename: His original name was "Cutty Flam" but Iceburg decided to nickname him "Franky" because "Cutty Flam is a weird name".
  • 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: The Straw Hats stole his speedo to convince him to join them.
  • 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:
    • Franky's armored body can resist almost anything, even more so after the time skip. Only from the front, though. He couldn't reach his back so it's totally unarmored.
    • His Iron Pirate robot is even tougher, able to take a barrage of ordinance from Baby 5 that she claimed would have been enough to damage a Pacifista. She had to turn into a sickle to penetrate its armor.
  • 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: He is this trope. From his debut, to the Time Skip, you always see his abs.
  • Odd Friendship: With Brook. He's initially the only Straw Hat to hold prejudice against Brook for being a skeleton that would only have a miserable life if he carried on in society. An opinion that Robin scolds him for. But once hearing the story of carrying on with the promise to meet Laboon, he grows to have great respect for Brook. After the time skip, Franky believed Brook wouldn't return to the crew becoming a famous rock star, but is overjoyed to see him after 2 years and continues to show him respect even greeting him first on Zou before the other Straw Hats.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He was renamed by Iceberg who found his real name silly. Everyone has called him Franky ever since.
  • Out of Focus: Zoro, Robin, Usopp, and Franky are all completely absent during the Whole Cake Island arc due to heading for Wano instead. This mirrors Nami, Chopper, Sanji, and Brook's absence during most of the Dressrosa Arc.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Franky when he was first introduced. The Straw Hats didn't know how to really fight him since he's a cyborg. They actually thought he was a Devil Fruit user. CP 9 had a better advantage since half of them lived in Water 7 for five years and personally knew him. Those who didn't know or understand Franky's abilities had a hard time countering him, especially since he's literally Made of Iron.
  • Power Palms: Can shoot a burst of highly compressed and destructive air from his palms.
  • Power Source: He's gotta have his Cola.
  • Powered Armor: The "Franky Shogun" mecha-suit, which he also refers to as "Armored Me". He can fire laser beams, highly compressed bursts of air, and wield a giant katana, among other things. Luffy, Usopp, and Chopper personally consider it the coolest thing ever, likening it to a Humongous Mecha. Still, Franky is unhappy that the Marines apparently mistaked it for his real body, as his current Wanted poster features the suit rather than his real face.
  • 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.
  • Rocket Punch: With all of the homages to fighting robot series in his character, it's no surprise he can do this. Though, cleverly, his hand is attached to his forearm with a chain so it comes back after being fired. He can only perform this with his right arm.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Often brought to tears by sentimental backstories. He always denies it.
  • 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: Considering that everything is operated on cola, it's hard not to hit this trope.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In the English dub he and Brook do this when Oars is about to throw a tower at them. In his defense though that's probably an appropriate reaction to have in that situation.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Has a couple of 'em that dislocate his shoulder blades. He gets a Shoulder Rocket Launcher and a more functional Shoulder Cannon after Time-skip.
  • 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!"
    • And his pre-Time Skip hairdo was apparently inspired by a certain pet detective.
    • After the Dressrosa Arc, he gains the new epithet Iron Man after the marines mistake the Franky Shogun for his real body.
  • 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. He gave Luffy a run for his money when they first met (as enemies). So he's likely still high up there after his post-Time Skip upgrade.
  • 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.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Acting like a mob boss in Water 7, the Cool Shades he almost always wears, Large Ham tendencies, pretending he isn't crying when he gets saddened by something, not to mention a battle of one-upmanship in being "manly" against one of Doflamingo's executives (who happens to be a man dressed like a baby...) - Let's face it, he is this trope.
  • That Man Is Dead: As part of Iceberg's plan to hide the Pluton blueprints, "Cutty Flam" died when he tried to stop Tom from being taken by the Government.
  • This Is a Drill: On the top of the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun's head.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: General Shield Boomerang!
  • Top-Heavy Guy:
    • He was of rather normal proportions before his accident with the Puffing Tom, albeit a bit lanky. After he rebuilt himself, his arms and torso became much wider and bulkier, while his legs haven't changed much. Taken Up to Eleven after the Time Skip, where further modifications made him a lot taller and his arms massive, while his legs haven't changed a bit.
    • His Humongous Mecha, just like him, has massive arms and an even bigger torso, but stick-like legs.
  • Trouser Space: Apparently he keeps the hammer he uses to build things in his speedo...
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: In the anime (Japanese dub). "Good smell! Flllllavor!"
  • Unfortunate Names: His real name is Cutty Flam. Iceberg, one of the few who knows it, was the one who convinced him to change it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Iceburg, who even lampshades it.
    "Look at us... we yell as soon as we look at each other. You jerk! I'm glad you're alive!"
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: He is a Parody of this in every sense of the word, considering he wears a speedo.
  • 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Senor Pink this. The two of them reached an unspoken agreement during their fight to take each other's blows without even attempting to avoid them until one of them finally fell. Afterwards, Franky says he'd like to meet Senor again and hear the story of his wife Russian over drinks.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As his fight against Baby 5 can testify.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He randomly busts out a German suplex against the Smile factory leader Kyuin, despite having never used such maneuvers before.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Franky has light blue hair and it's even styled after Ace Ventura's.
  • You Killed My Father: Franky utterly loathes Government Agent Spandam for arresting his mentor/father figure Tom and getting him executed and Franky does his best to make Spandam's life absolute hell every time they come into contact. When Spandam kicks Tom's unconscious upon arrest, Franky promptly brakes his skull with the butt of a rifle (permanently disfiguring him) causing Spandam much grief. But if that wasn't enough when meeting him again after twenty years, Franky despite being being chained bites Spandam skull and refuses to let go forcing Kumdori to separate them. But Franky doesn't just perform physical revenge for Tom, he also burns Tom's blue prints for Pluton the Ancient Weapon (which the The Government have been seeking for years) directly in front of Spandam's face causing Spandam to go spare.

    "Humming"/"Soul King" Brook 
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Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (AKA: "Cho") (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN), José Posada (films) (SP)

"I really am glad to still be alive!"

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. Unfortunately, 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 first known bounty was 33,000,000 Berries, assigned to him over 50 years ago while he was alive. 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, and his wanted poster was updated. His current bounty is 83,000,000 berries.
  • Afro Asskicker: A powerful afro-wearing undead musician!
  • 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.
    • Brook actually manages to fight and impress Big Mom, though he ultimately loses. It's implied that she's going easy on him because she wants to add him to her collection of rare creatures, and his Yomi ability is uniquely suited to counter her Soru ability, but Brook is the only Straw Hat thus far to face off with an Emperor! (Except Luffy's brief encounters with Blackbeard and Whitebeard.)
  • 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.
  • An Ice Person: After the Timeskip, he can channel the freezing cold of the underworld into his sword.
  • Artistic License – Biology: While being a living skeleton is because of his devil fruit, and we can understand that milk heals him, there's the fact he became taller during the timeskip, this despite being a 88-90 years old skeleton. (And strangely, he said his hair won't grow.)
  • 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.
    • So much so that he refers to Big Mom as "young lady" to her face!
  • Badass Longcoat: His outfits after the Timeskip usually feature longcoats.
  • 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.
    • 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: He's a simpleton and loves cracking jokes about his skeletal status, but don't let that fool you into thinking he's weak.
    • Because just like his captain he won't back down even if it means fighting one of the Yonko, Big Mom alone.
  • Blessed with Suck: Initially, though it's later subverted. His Devil Fruit only returns someone from the dead once, and his skeletal body didn't seem to offer much additional resistance against damage and pain, leaving him at first with little more than Super Drowning Skills. However, he later discovered many more uses to both his Devil Fruit power and his skeletal body.
  • 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. He's not as much of one as Usopp or Sanji, but he does have his moments, especially post-timeskip.
  • Came Back Strong: The more his powers are revealed, the more obvious it becomes his revival was a case of this.
    • Especially shown in the fact that he's now capable enough and willing to rob and later fight against Big Mom herself. Alone, without any backup, and still able to insult her, to her face by calling her a Young Lady.
  • Came Back Wrong: Well, it happens when your soul gets 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!!!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: That crack in his skull cap that allows him to open it and carry a Tone Dial inside the empty space where his brain used to be is only seen in use during the arc in which he was introduced, so it probably slipped a lot of people's minds that he has this compartment unless they considered the possibility he might find another use for it in the future. Which he did: Brook used that very same compartment to hide rubbings of the poneglyphs he copied from Big Mom's hall of treasures and slip away with them totally unnoticed, because even though he got cornered and defeated in battle against her and underwent a body check down to his underwear, Big Mom and company did not realize Brook's skull has a hatch in it. Because of this, Brook has now obtained one of the most important endgame pieces to finding Raftel and two other important recordings, and with the Straw Hats en route to Wano, birthplace of the Poneglyphs, having these rubbings becomes all the more vital. In short, this is a huge leap forward in their quest to find the One Piece.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Never asks to see panties without a courteous "Excuse me, miss..." first, after all. There's more emphasis on "pervert" over "chivalrous" compared to fellow lady-lover Sanji, however.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's the oldest of the Straw Hats, an amazing musician, expert swordsman, and a Nice Guy.
  • Cool Shades: We've never seen what Brook's eyes look like because even when he was alive- as both a child and an adult- he always wore a pair of these, hiding his eyes. After he becomes a rockstar during the Timeskip, he goes back to this look, usually always sporting a pair of shades with his outfits.
  • Cursed with Awesome: While his skeletal body seemed to not give him a lot of advantages at first, he ended up finding many of them as he got stronger:
    • For one thing, he moves faster and is much lighter due to having no flesh.
    • 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. He can 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.
    • His ability to directly attack and manipulate souls means he's the perfect counter to most (he still got caught) of Big Mom's attack and is the first person period, to injure Zeus and Prometheus, homies that were animated portions of her own soul.
    • His skull also serves a great place to store small items such as Tone Dials. Or better yet, Poneglyph rubbings.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Brook entered the Grand Line 50 years before as a musician after befriending the young whale Laboon and promising he would return for him at Reverse Mountain. His captain and half the crew then contracted an incurable disease and were forced to be abandoned. After taking over as captain, Brook and the remaining members of the crew were wiped out by an enemy with poisoned weapons after entering the Florian Triangle. Although he revived with the Revive-Revive Fruit, his ship's rudder was broken, so he was stuck in the same spot for over 50 years with no way to return to his friend as promised. He wasn't even revived instantly, and spent the first of those fifty years in soul form, wandering aimlessly until he found his body, which had already decayed into a skeleton by then. And as mentioned above, he spent the remaining 49 years alone, with nothing to eat or drink, and the bodies of his crew as his sole company. Even worse, for the last five of those fifty years, he was without a shadow thanks to it being stolen by Gecko Moriah, so he couldn't leave the Florian Triangle even if he was able to.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Brook's main color scheme is black and white. He's also a skeleton.
  • 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: He has a habit of asking women to see their panties (including mermaids), with the usual reaction of being pummeled.
  • 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. His jokes would, but he wouldn't.
  • Expressive Mask: OK, not exactly a mask, but the trope still applies, as Brook's skull contorts to match his emotions.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: His power of the soul makes him immune to abilities that can affect the souls of others, much like Luffy Vs. Eneru, this lets Brook stand against Big Mom despite her threat level being way above him, as he's the perfect counter to her life manipulating abilities.
  • 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 speednote , but his body is not the toughest thing around.
    • In SBS 85, Oda actually clears up that Brook would win a 50 meter dash among the Straw Hats (with Sanji in second and Luffy in third).
  • 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: Has a tendency to make 'Skull Jokes' which involve him making a comment, then realizing it wouldn't make sense as he's dead. Definitely more literal than most cases.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the tallest member of the Straw Hat crew, and also the kindest and most even tempered.
  • Ghostly Chill: Weaponized version. After the Timeskip, his Revive-Revive Fruit's power enables him to harness the chill of underworld and channel it through his blade.
  • Ghost Pirate: Becomes the skeletal variant after dying once and his devil fruit allows his spirit to return, only for his body to be reduced to bones by the time he found it.
  • 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. Some of his quirkiness in the present is also likely attributable to this.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Brook's old head wound is, pre-skeleton, a bit more messy-looking and disfiguring than the usual Good Guy scar. This may well fall into "hard life" or "Every Scar Has a Story" territory, though at the moment all we know is he was formerly part of a kingdom's military.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He, along with the other Straw Hat Pirates, borders on anti-heroic. At one point being the captain of the guards in his home country, Brook is well versed in swordplay. Despite his usual goofy personality in battle, he is extremely capable and can do more than hold his own. His fighting style resembles a combination of classical fencing and iaidō.
  • Horrifying Hero: Especially after the timeskip, when his Yomi Yomi abilities have gotten really creepy - but, of course, mostly Played for Laughs. However, this is played straight when Brook fights against the homies of Big Mom, as the projection of his soul takes a Creepy Awesome demonic appearance.
  • Human Hummingbird: Thanks to his light body, he's able to run at amazing speeds, even across water without sinking for a few minutes.
  • 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: Brook's drive to fulfill his 50 year promise to Laboon firmly cements him as a Determinator. As he puts it:
    "Death is never an apology!! Because when a man makes a promise, he doesn't stop fighting until he fulfills it!!"
  • 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.
  • Impossible Theft: In the first half of the Whole Cake Island Arc, Brook worked alongside Pedro to pull off the seemingly Impossible Task of stealing rubbings of the Poneglyphs in Big Mom's possession. Despite WCI's security being strongest in the Treasure Room and Brook being captured by Big Mom herself, he ended up succeeding in obtaining the imprints of the Poneglyphs and stashed them in his skull.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: They are his favorite types of jokes.
  • Inhuman Human: Brook ate the Revive-Revive fruit, which gave him the ability to come back to life after he died. Problem is, he died in a very foggy region of sea, and it took him an entire year for his soul to find his body again. By this time, all that was left of it was a skeleton and a massive afro.
  • 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. (Yes Luffy, he poops.)
    • 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.
    • An 88 year old somehow grew five more inches by the time he was 90. A technically dead 88/90 year old, mind you. How? Who knows. Why? Because why not, that's why.
    • He can completely heal cracked bone and regains missing bone fragments with milk. Because... calcium!
  • Just Between You and Me: He witnesses the conversation between Big Mom and Pudding about their plans to murder both the Strawhats and Germa 66 at the wedding ceremony.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Luffy had some difficulty convincing the other Straw Hats to join his crew. (He would usually have to fight the antagonist of the arc just to get them to consider.) Brook, on the other hand, joined the crew right away when asked.
  • 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.
    Brook: "Young lady...What kind of fool would ever... plan to die?"
    • Said to none other than the Yonko herself.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: After his crew, including himself, died, Brook was left alone and stranded on his ship for fifty long years, until he met the Straw Hats.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: [Common phrase that includes a body part (eyes, stomach, etc.)], wait, I don't have [said body part].
  • 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.
  • Musical Assassin: Brook sometimes uses his music as a weapon.
  • Mysterious Past: It's easy to forget, given Brook's Immortal Immaturity, but Brook is the member of the Straw Hats we know the least about. Besides the events of Thriller Bark, which occurred in his second life, all we really know about him is that he was a captain of a battle convoy in a "certain kingdom," before becoming a pirate 50 years prior to the start of the series. Some people took to thinking it was the Germa Kingdom upon recognizing the existence of the Vinsmoke Family and their former rule over the North Blue long ago, but that theory went out the window when Brook showed knowledge of the place but not any kind of affiliation with them.
  • 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Brook is undoubtedly based on famous guitarist Saul "Slash" Hudson. The resemblance is more noticeable in his younger appearances. When he was alive, he also wore rocker shades that added to the resemblance. He also shares some minor resemblence to both Jimi Hendrix and Ozzy Osbourne. As a skeletal being, much of the resemblances are, of course, ancient history now.
  • No Last Name Given: Brook has said absolutely nothing of his family or if he even has once... or if he even remembers them anymore.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not Hyperbole: His stage name and new epithet "Soul King" isn't a mere title that references his soulful music. As he demonstrated against Big Mom's homies, he truly has become the King of Souls.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Brook is the Straw Hat most likely to play dumb for a purpose. It helps that he doesn't have any facial expressions to read and usually has to announce how he's feeling at any given time.
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: He, Chopper, Nami, and Sanji during the second half of the Dressrosa Arc. They were absent from the story for more than a year and a half in the real world before reappearing (from December 2013 to July 2015).
  • Papa Wolf: Don't dare attack his crew. "I already lost a crew once. You won't make me lose another!"
  • 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: He's constantly making puns about being a skeleton, to either the amusement or annoyance of others around him.
  • 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)."
  • 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.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He and Franky have this reaction just before Oars throws a tower from Thriller Bark at them in the English dub, not that its not warranted mind you.
  • 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... Or the even older lewd skeleton who doesn't let death ruin his festive attitude...
  • Signature Laugh: The traditional pirate laugh: Yohohohoho! Often done after making a joke about a body part that he no longer has.
  • Silly Walk: He can run on water by apparently flailing his legs wildly.
  • Skeletal Musician: He was an excellent musician in life, and remains one in death.
  • 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: Loves making "skull jokes" about the fact that as a skeleton, he no longer has skin, blood or stuff like that.
  • Super Speed: Certainly one of the quickest Straw Hats.
  • Sword Cane: His primary weapon. During the timeskip, the longarms sharpened the blade and it was given the name "Soul Solid."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Possibly has the most new abilities of all the Straw Hats after the time skip. During the battle on Fishman Island dedicated to showing off these new abilities, despite being one of the (relatively) weaker crew members he gets paired to fight with the New Fishman pirates' second in command, and defeats him effortlessly too. His most recent badass moment is fighting Big Mom... one of the Four Emperors, even though he didn't win, he still injured one of her special homies... something no one else has ever done before.
  • Unable to Cry: Subverted. He claims that he's so happy to meet the Straw Hats after decades of solitude that he would cry if he could. At the end of the Thriller Bark arc, he sheds Tears of Joy after Luffy informs him that Laboon is alive and well.
  • Undead: Due to his spirit not finding its way back to his body before it wastes away to bones, he becomes one 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 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.
  • Visual Pun: Brook sees the world through rose-tinted glasses.
  • 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.
  • You Are Already Dead: His signature attack, Hanauta Sancho: Yahazu Giri, involves slicing his opponent once at incomprehensible speeds (literally, the audience never even sees Brook do so much as Flash Step during this attack), and then slowly walks away. After 3 steps, Brook sheathes his sword... followed by a massive slash bursting from his opponent. He has many variations on it, as well.
  • You Shall Not Pass: He tried this against a Pacifista to protect Sanji and Usopp at Sabaody Archipelago. It didn't go very well.
  • 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 before the timeskip and 9'1 afterwards.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: His "Soul King" moniker is no empty boast; he really can manipulate souls, up to ripping unnatural souls off the physical shell.

    "First Son of the Sea" Jimbei 
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It's not my body that hurts! Ace... what hurts is my heart... that can't enforce justice!

Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (JP, episodes 430-432), Katsuhisa Houki (JP, episodes 440+), Daniel Baugh (EN)

The last of the Seven Warlords to be formally introduced. Jimbei is a whale-shark Fishman and the former captain of the Pirates of the Sun after the death of Fisher Tiger. His becoming a Warlord eight years before the events of the main story saw the crew split up, with one faction headed by Arlong. He is also a master of Fishman Karate, the most skilled user in the series in fact.

He claims to be indebted to Whitebeard, as because of that man's declaration Fishman Island was spared from the marauding slavers that often kidnapped Fishmen and Merfolk for sale in the slave trade. He also has a grudging respect for Portgas D. Ace, having apparently fought him some time in the past. Possibly as a result of this, Jimbei doesn't seem to hold humans in such low regard, or at least isn't as open about it, rather presenting himself as someone who wishes to keep events at a relatively peaceful equilibrium.

Luffy has asked him to join his crew. However, Jimbei turned him down for the time being, stating there was some business he needs to do first. That business is severing his ties to the Big Mom Pirates, and he meets up with Luffy and company in the midst of doing so, helping to arrange the necessary players to crash Charlotte Linlin's tea party so they can rescue Sanji from harm. He left his captaincy with the intention of fully joining up with Luffy at the end of this situation.

His first ever bounty, from before the start of the series, was 76,000,000 Berries. His second bounty was 250,000,000 Berries. His latest reported bounty is now said to be over 400,000,000.
  • Acrofatic: Jimbei is a big, but nimble fishman.
  • Animal Motifs: The shark, being a whale shark fishman.
  • The Atoner: For allowing Arlong to rampage in the East Blue. Nami even notes how much it was eating him up inside.
  • Badass Baritone: Initially with Daisuke Gori, who had a natural tough sounding voice. After Gōri's death, Katsuhisa Houki (who originally voiced the higher pitched fellow Warlord, Gecko Moria) manages to pull it off well.
  • Bait the Dog: Completely inverted! Considering that he was Arlong's former captain and the one who let him run wild in the East Blue, it seemed like Oda was setting Jimbei up to be a major villain. Who would've thought that he would not only be one of the Straw Hats' biggest allies, but also get invited to join the crew?
  • Big Damn Heroes: He appears just in time to free Luffy and Nami, right before Nami is about to be tortured by Charlotte Opera.
  • Blow You Away: His Karakusagawara Seiken creates a shockwave that blows away enemies.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": He looks less like a whale shark and more like a guardian lion with gill slits and blue skin.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's like a third dad to Luffy.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Although he resembles an oni (traditional Japanese ogre) with a whale shark motif, he's far from a bad guy.
  • Delayed Causality: His Karakusagawara Seiken. After throwing the punch the shock wave takes a couple of seconds to take effect. In the anime this is stretched out and has the shock wave build up to its full effect.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Oh yes. Besides Luffy, he's one of the only people to stare down Big Mom, (currently the most unstable, psychotic of the Four Emperors), tell her he's not afraid of her, completely No-Sell her powers, and rebel against her. This fishman has BALLS!
  • Easily Forgiven: Nami forgives him for indirectly causing Arlong to make Nami's childhood life a misery. Justified in that Jimbei had no intention to let it happen or idea that it would, and Nami had already forgiven Hatchan, another member of Arlong's own crew who did have a more direct hand in the matter, though in his case far less easily than Jimbei.
  • Escort Mission: Finds himself on one in Caribou's cover story, in that he finds him in the process of trying to kidnap mermaids again, beats the tar out of him, and then promptly takes him to G-5 so he can imprison him and gain his huge bounty for the sake of Fishman Island.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Subverted. He has a mouth full of fangs (though real whale sharks have small teeth), and his lower canines even stick out prominently from his closed mouth, but he's a nice guy.
  • Gentle Giant: 9'8'' and the nicest Warlord. The trope goes along with his basis; whale sharks are the largest fish, but quite docile.
  • Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: To Luffy, to make him realise that even if he has lost his brother, he still has to get his crew back together.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: His gentleness makes people underestimate his intelligence. He was smart enough to back off from his request to leave Big Mom's crew, as she only would have willingly let that happen if he had spun her roulette, which would have very likely killed him and his crew. He instead frees Luffy and Nami when they are captured and decides to openly rebel against Big Mom.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has lightning-shaped scar over his right eye and he's quite noble.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: As he explains to Luffy during their skirmish in the Fishman Island arc, the principle of Fishman Karate is that the user can manipulate water for their attacks, even if that water is in the atmosphere or in a person's body. Which means his very punch can create shockwaves potent enough to hurt Luffy, whose rubber body normally makes him immune to blunt attacks.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Goes into a brief one when Sanji reminds him about what Arlong did to Nami.
  • I Know Karate: Fishman Karate to be exact. He's often said to be the best Fishman Karateka out there. He can launch a shockwave with his punch, he can manipulate water with Fishman Jujutsu, his Roundhouse Kick can deflect the punch of a giant, and he manages to fell a fellow Warlord (Moria) in one shot.
  • Large and in Charge: He's a whale-shark fishman, so naturally he looms over most normal characters.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Obviously becomes one underwater, but this applies even in land battles. Gecko Moria lampshades it: "You're fast for a big fellow!" He is also able to keep up with Luffy in their brief skirmish, although to be fair, neither opponent really wanted to seriously injure the other.
  • Lost in Translation: His title is a pun on a Yakuza title and the word for a channel. This doesn't carry into English, leading to the "First Son of the Sea" approximation.
  • Made of Iron: No explanation is given on how he survived Akainu's lava fist through the chest; note that Akainu killed the 550,000,000 bounty Ace in a few minutes with the same type of punch.
  • Making a Splash: When he finally gets into the water, he uses his karate moves to throw around torrents of water as if they were silk.
  • Manly Tears: He cried when his captain Fisher Tiger died, when Ace died, and when Nami told him that she forgave him.
  • Mr. Exposition: He's a very knowledgeable man and he often explains pivotal background information on things to Luffy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He let his hatred for humans get the best of him and wound up indirectly responsible for Arlong comitting his atrocities, which includes causing Nami's tragic past. He feels quite ashamed of this.
  • My Greatest Failure: How he feels about how his becoming a Warlord allowed Arlong to run free in the East Blue.
  • Nerves of Steel: Not only is he completely and utterly unafraid when facing down Big Mom (which saves him from her Touch of Death powers), but he even takes a moment to lay down a cup of sake and formally leave her crew with a sincere thank-you. She's so dumbfounded that it actually takes her a brief moment before she tries to kill him again.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his somewhat intimidating appearance, he's the nicest pirate warlord there is.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • His actions in sparing Arlong during the breakup of the Sun Pirates ensured that Arlong would enslave Nami's village and make her life a misery.
    • At one point during the breakout at Impel Down, he's fighting to take over a Marine battleship alongside Crocodile and Mr 1. He tries to support them with his Fishman Karate, only to wreck the ship instead.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: As mentioned, he takes a magma fist through the chest yet turns out just fine after resting up a bit.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Jimbei is a man who follows his convictions and does whatever he thinks is right. After breaking out of Impel Down, Jimbei was willing to lay down his life for Whitebeard for protecting Fishman Island. When Big Mom demands his lifespan for leaving her crew, her powers fail to work, as Jimbei doesn't fear her.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • While usually one of the most focused characters in the series, he can occasionally lose his cool, as shown in how he dealt with Ace's death. On a lighter note, see the Oh, Crap! entry below.
    • In chapter 650, after telling the Straw Hats some vital information, he gets a face fault at Luffy being more concerned about food. When he berates Luffy for not taking the news seriously and Luffy cheerfully replies that he likes to leave things to chance, Jimbei bemoans to the others how hard it must be to have Luffy as a captain.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • His face fault after the timeskip when he sees Shirahoshi and a wounded Hachi with Luffy.
    • A more serious example is shown in the anime, when Sanji reveals to him how badly Nami had suffered under Arlong's tyranny.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: At first, he seems to feel this way with regards to Hody Jones, as he feels if a human (Luffy) were to defeat him, the Cycle of Revenge would create some new tyrant like Jones was when Arlong was defeated. It turns out that he's merely opposed to Luffy beating up Hody without the support of the citizens of Fishman Island. If Luffy can come out of the ordeal looking like a hero to fishmen and merfolk, and not like a domineering human (the kind with which the island has plenty of experience), then Jimbei has no problems whatsoever.
  • Only Sane Man: He and Hatchan are this to both the Sun Pirates (after Fish Tiger's death) and the entire Fishman race so far.
  • Pacifism Backfire: In sparing Arlong during the confrontation that led to Fisher Tiger's crew splitting up, Jimbei was indirectly responsible for, among other things, Arlong enslaving Nami's hometown and making her childhood a living hell. He does not take this discovery well at all.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: His weapon during his days in the Neptune Army.
  • Punny Name: Jinbei-zame means "whale-shark" in Japanese. Also, he wears a type of traditional Japanese tunic called a Jimbei.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • He's the Blue, Ace the Red.
    • He's also the Blue in relation to Arlong's Red. Jimbei decides to take a reasonable approach to help the Fishmen/Merfolk relations to accept the World Government's request to be a Warlord, while Arlong chose to make himself "the wrath of the Fishmen" to humanity. Interestingly, they were both pretty firm Reds in the Sun Pirates, with Arlong being the calmer one.
  • Sand In My Eyes: In the anime, he denies shedding Tears of Remorse after Nami forgives him for indirectly letting Arlong into her life when Luffy (who slept through the explanation) asks why he's crying.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Really, this is what Jimbei is all about:
    • In full defiance to Fishman Island's laws, Jimbei gives blood to Luffy. He lampshades it himself while stepping forward, reasoning that since he is a pirate he shouldn't really be expected to follow the rules anyways.
    • He refused to answer the World Government's call to fight Whitebeard because his homeland owed a debt to Whitebeard, which leads to him being arrested and sent to Impel Down. But by doing so, he befriends Luffy and defects to help Luffy and Whitebeard in rescuing Ace from his execution.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he tries to leave Big Mom's crew, she tells him that he has to stay or spin her wheel and pay a price. Jimbei originally is perfectly willing to spin it as he realizes that the price is likely to be his life regardless of where the pointer lands. However, when he knew that the wheel also dictate certain number of his men that also going to be sacrificed, he decides to Take a Third Option and back out of leaving long enough to just up and run later. Pedro later commends him for doing so.
  • Shark Man: Specifically whale shark.
  • Skewed Priorities: Small example. When discussing a plan with the Straw Hats on how to face Hody Jones, he stops to ask them what they should name their plan before they actually carry it out.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can communicate with whale sharks, a trait that's unusual for fishmen to possess.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Due to different ways you can romanize Japanese, his name can be written as either Jinbe, Jinbei, or Jimbei. The One Piece Databook Green decided to go with "Jinbe", while Viz and Funimation use "Jimbei", which is the spelling used on this very wiki.
  • Stout Strength: He's real stocky, but he's also very strong, capable of throwing really hard punches.
  • Take a Third Option: Big Mom gives him a choice: Stay with her crew or spin her wheel and pay a price, and then he can leave. Jimbei ultimately does neither. He refuses to spin the wheel, as he knows the price would certainly cost his and his men's life, no matter where the pointer lands. He then decides to just openly rebel against her.
  • Threatening Shark: Subverted. He's the only shark fishman thus far that hasn't been a Jerkass. He used to be hardcore to the point that even Arlong used to think he was too brutal, but has considerably softened up, thanks to Koala's innocence and Fisher Tiger's death and final words. Still a threat to his enemies, though.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Warlords, being the only one that isn't cruel, out of his mind, a prick, or not caring about anyone.
  • The Unfettered: Jimbei is an honorable guy, but he proves he's a true pirate in that he's willing to do the dirty business if he has to. Case in point; knowing that he and the Straw Hats need firepower, he's willing to disregard Pekoms' wishes and fight Big Mom alongside a scoundrel like Capone Bege if it means that that the Straw Hats get to accomplish their goals.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He becomes a Warlord and spares Arlong during the confrontation leading to the dissolution of Tiger's crew, thus causing Arlong to run wild in the East Blue.
  • We Will Meet Again: Heroic version done twice. First was when Jimbei said he'd see Luffy on Fishman Island. Second, when he said he'll be back to join the Straw Hats.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He was one when he was a member of the Sun Pirates, championing fishman/merfolk rights, and he in particular was especially brutal during their battles with the Marines to the point where even Arlong thought he was too rough.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He considers himself useless on land. This is not really true despite him being a One Piece version of Aquaman – even without water to throw, he is still a huge fishman karate master capable of taking on top tier pirates and marines.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • During his You Shall Not Pass moment, while Jimbei manages to get a hit in, Mihawk deals with him in a single blow.
    • On the giving end of this when he fought against Moria, defeating him with a single blow.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Ace one, as they fought for five days straight to a standstill.
  • Yakuza: It's in his full title, a translation of which could be "Jimbei, Yakuza of the Sea".
  • You Shall Not Pass: In the anime, he tries this on Mihawk, who is in the process of curb-stomping Luffy. Keyword being "tries".

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