Characters: One Piece: Straw Hat Pirates, After East Blue
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"Cotton Candy Lover" Dr. Tony Tony Chopper
"See...? Now I'm a real pirate!!"
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 betrays more positive feelings).
His dream is to become a doctor capable of curing all disease, due to his accidentally hastening the death of his already sickly father-figure, Dr. Hiruluk. He has also resolved to prove himself as a man worthy of being a pirate, which sometimes seems at odds with his child-like behavior and gullible personality.
His bounty is 50 Berries. The World Government is apparently unaware of his capabilities as a doctor or a fighter, and consider him the crew's pet.
- All of the Other Reindeer: A send-up of Rudolph.
- Artistic License - Biology: The incident where Chopper's left antler got cut off was six years prior to his introduction. Surely he would've grown several new sets by now, right?
- His post time-skip reindeer form has both antlers fully grown, but him still wearing the metal brace so it's probably a memento.
- Badass Adorable
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Except for when he's Chopperman.
- Beast Man: In his Heavy Point.
- Berserk Button: First, do not call yourself a "Doctor" and hurt people like Hogback does. Second, Do Not turn innocent children into drug addicts and call it for their own good.
- He's not a tanuki! Or a gorilla! (Heavy Point) Or a beetle! (post-time-skip Horn Point)
- Bishounen Line: His Horn Point form looks notably more human after the time-skip. (But Luffy called him a beetle due to the horns.)
- Breakout Character: Chopper ended up becoming the series' mascot, with most of the series' merchandise being Chopper related and even getting his own Spinoff.
- Broken Pedestal: Dr. Hogback. He was unwilling to admit that he was connected to Moria, but declared he was no longer worthy of being called a doctor after learning this.
- Cherry Blossoms: A part of his arc, introduction and jolly roger.
- Combat Medic
- Cowardly Lion: Like Usopp, he can be a scaredy-cat at times. Once push comes into shove, however...
- Not so much after the Time Skip, it seems. He's already faced down a particularly vicious Shark Fishman without losing his confident grin for a second.
- Luffy raising the fear level to one of the four emperors was too much even for the new Chopper.
- Crossdressing Voices: Being a Ridiculously Cute Critter, naturally he's voiced by women.
- Cry Cute: Being a bit of a scaredy-cat, and very, very cute, he does this a lot.
- He seems to have to gotten over this Post-Time Skip.
- Cute Bruiser: Oh so much!
- Deadly Doctor: Developed a drug specifically to be used for battle, albeit only on himself.
- Uses his anatomical knowledge to tell the other Straw Hats exactly what they need to do to break Oars' spine.
- Deadly Upgrade: The Rumble Balls give him access to four extra forms (in addition to his default three) for a period of three minutes. If he takes two within six hours, he loses control of his transformations. If he takes three, he ends up in "Monster Point", an uncontrollable beast who is a danger to his comrades and himself.
- He can now control Monster Point for a few minutes but is still drained for a two to three hours afterward.
- Eat the Dog: Sanji jokes at first about him being their emergency rations.
- Enemy Scan: Brain Point gives him the power to scan for his enemy's weak points. He doesn't use it much anymore.
- Expy: Of Rudolph, natch. Unfortunately, while Rudolph is able to gain acceptance, Chopper's situation gets even worse after he eats the Human Human fruit, and when he encounters the herd years later while searching for a cure for Hiruluk, he gets attacked by them for no good reason.
- Foreshadowing: A minor case at best, but the hat that he wears in the 10th movie is what he eventually wears after the Time Skip.
- Funny Animal: In his Walk Point, which is his true form.
- Genius Ditz: He's a doctor and really knows his craft, but he may be even more excitable than Luffy (he believes Usopp's tall tales, for one). He also did not seem to be able to tell the Fake Straw Hats were fake right away.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Initially inverted, as he wore shorts but usually not shirts. He wore a jacket in Enies Lobby, but no shirt under. Averted since the time skip, since he now wears an A-shirt.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His Brain Point, though all his forms bar Walk count.
- Happy Dance: When a human flatters him with a compliment, Chopper tries to put up a front that he doesn't need patronizing comments from them, but he relishes the praise and starts doing a swaying dance with his mouth hanging open in a gawky smile (a Shout-Out to Ken Shimura's "Dirty Old Man Dance") that reveals his inner happiness.
- Honor Before Reason: One time when Gedatsu drowned one of his enforcers with his swamp cloud attack, Chopper felt duty-bound as a doctor to save him. This did involve going into Heavy Point and beating on his chest.
- Hour of Power: Actually three minutes of power, but that's all the time he needs to kick somebody's ass with his Rumble Ball.
- I Am Not Weasel: People often mistake his default form for a tanuki. His Heavy Point form is mistaken for a gorilla.
- In a Single Bound: Jumping Point.
- Intellectual Animal: At age 17, the Doogie Howser, M.D. of intellectual animals.
- Jerkass Façade: However, it's very flimsy. When he receives mushy praise, he responds with jovial insults, though usually while waving his arms cutely or doing a happy dance.
- At the beginning of episode 128, the royal doctor of Alabasta hung a lampshade on it when he "translated" Chopper's insults as gratitude.
- He likely picked this up from Dr. Kureha, who never openly complimented his growing skill as a doctor, and literally chased him off with her stash of ornamental weaponry when he left, but obviously respected his skill and cared about him (and still does – after he left, she referred to him as "my stupid son").
- Kid-Appeal Character: Inadvertently became one and Oda decided to ramp up his Chibi qualities to accentuate his cuteness even more.
- Lightning Bruiser: His Kung Fu Point.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Guard Point.
- The Medic: His role in the crew as doctor.
- Mighty Glacier: His Heavy Point, Arm Point and Monster Point forms.
- Morality Pet: To Robin. She bonds with him very quickly after doing her damndest trying to dispel his image of her being really scary, and she generally has his welfare in mind during battle. She also becomes really pissed at Franky after Franky talks with his regular potty mouth and scowl in Chopper's Body.
- My Greatest Failure: When his mentor/father figure Dr. Hiriluk fell ill, Chopper tried to nurse him back to health. He only succeeded in getting him killed.
- Possibly subverted. Apparently, Dr. Hiriluk knew the mushroom was poisonous, but used it anyway to hasten his death, as he had a terminal illness, in addition to making his adoptive "son" feel good about himself. Then he blew himself up at Wapol's castle before the mushroom could kill him.
- Never Bareheaded: He always wears his pink hat.
- Post-time skip, he is always wearing his new cap, which is actually a bonnet on top of his old hat.
- Nice Guy
- Nice Hat: Given to him by Dr. Hiriluk. Best not to ask how he managed to get it on there.
- Or how he puts it on, as several times he's been seen without it, and later with it on.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Isn't attracted to human females, so he's the only male character who can see Nami naked with impunity. This could be from the fact that Chopper is a doctor and is used to seeing naked bodies. Also because he's not really human.
- Later in the story he's completely unable to tell his friends from a group of imposters, so maybe humans just all look similar to him.
- Power Fist: In Arm Point.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Running Gag: Chopper's complete inability to hide behind corners. He hides backwards so only his head is hidden and the rest of his body is exposed.
- When somebody gets injured, Chopper has a tendency to call for a doctor, only for someone nearby to remind him that he's the doctor.
- See I Am Not Weasel above.
- When complimented, he acts like a tsundere and says it doesn't affect him, while doing a happy dance that totally shows how he really feels (See Jerkass Façade). Nami even lampshaded it by saying he's the kind of guy who just can't hide his feelings.
- Screaming Warrior: He hollers and screams like Bruce Lee while in Kung Fu Point.
- So Last Season: While his Rumble Ball transformations are fairly versatile, they've been getting noticeably less and less effective as the series has worn on. It got an upgrade, so he has fresh, new transformations now.
- It seems that all of his original forms have become stronger. Even better, he doesn't even need the Rumble Ball for most of them anymore.
- Spanner in the Works: In his first Monster Point rampage, Chopper indirectly helped his crewmates several times. He threw Kalifa's bathtub – this alerted Nami to the Bubble-Bubble Fruit's weakness to water and also turned Sanji back to normal. Then he interrupted Zoro and Sniper King's fight with Kaku and Jabra – the distraction bought Nami enough time to get the handcuffs off them.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: He can talk to animals due to being an animal himself.
- Species Surname: The "surname" portion of his full name, "Tony Tony", comes from "tonakai", the Japanese for "reindeer".
- Super-Deformed: A result of his Art Evolution.
- Super Drowning Skills: Like everyone with Devil Fruit powers. He likes to jump in the water to save Luffy, forgetting that he can't swim either.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Brought on by using three Rumble Ball transformations in a short period of time.
- Talking Animal: His Devil Fruit gives him the intelligence and abilities of a person. Maybe even moreso, considering he was an experienced doctor at age 15.
- Tap on the Head: When he was with Dr. Kureha, she had him give patients concussions as a form of anesthetic.
- Team Pet: What the Marines assume him to be, hence his ridiculously low bounty of 50 Berries. He'd probably have a much higher one if they took him seriously.
- Token Non-Human
- 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.
"Demon Child" Nico Robin
"I want to live! Take me out to sea with you!"
Child Voice: Anzu Nagai (JP), Jad Saxton
, and Ms. Exposition
, Nico Robin is one of the darker and more enigmatic members of the Straw Hats. Entering the story as the partner of Big Bad
Sir Crocodile, Robin asked to join the crew because Luffy had forced her to live, rather than die. Despite some initial mistrust, she gradually settled into the crew. Since those early uncertain days, she's become something of the crew's Team Mom
, and occasionally plays the role of Cool Big Sis
for Nami. Her Devil Fruit, the Flower-Flower Fruit (Hana Hana no Mi
), lets her sprout replicas of her limbs, and later her entire body, from any surface. She is twenty-eight years old (thirty post-Time Skip
Unfortunately, her past eventually caught up to her and it was revealed that she's been on the run from the World Government for twenty years, after her home island of Ohara was razed
, and a large bounty was placed on her head. However, after the rest of the crew proved that they were willing to essentially declare war on the World Government in order to get her back, she realized that she had finally found her place in life, and that she was not a burden to her new friends.
Her dream is to learn the history of the Void Century, a passage of time blacked out by the World Government, which is said to be written in a lost language inscribed onto huge stone cubes called Poneglyphs.note
Simply learning the language of the Poneglyphs is a capital crime, and is the reason that everyone on her island, including her mother, were killed by the Marines. She is now one of only a handful of people in the world who can read them, allowing her to not only discover the true history of the world, but also to potentially revive a lost superweapon.
Her bounty is 80,000,000 Berries.
"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 speedos lead many to brand him a pervert (which he takes pride in), yet he is loyal and protective of his friends, often calling them his "little bros". He's also prone to striking poses and breaking out into torrents of tears at the slightest provocation. Initially, he was the leader of the Franky Family, a gang of villainous dismantlers who provoked the Straw Hats' wrath by mugging Usopp and stealing most of their money. As his epithet implies, he is a cyborg known as BF-36
(BF = Battle Franky
) due to being hit by a sea train and washing up on a scrap yard and using said scrap to modify his body to keep from dying. He later uses blueprints from the worlds best scientist to upgrade himself to BF-37
His past is tied to Nico Robin's, as while she can read the location of the superweapon Pluton, he actually owns the blueprints themselves, it having been passed down among the shipwrights of Water 7 for generations. After being captured by the World Government along with Robin, he burned the blueprints and fought alongside the rest of the Straw Hats to save her, and eventually joined them after being blackmailed through theft of his speedos.
His dream is to build and sail on what he deems the greatest sailing ship on the seas, which resulted in the construction of the Straw Hats' new ship, the Thousand Sunny.
His bounty is 44,000,000 Berries.
- Achilles' Heel: Because Franky did all his upgrades himself, everything (including his defenses) ended up in front, leaving him vulnerable to attacks from behind.
- Badass: Despite how he usually behaves, you really really dont want to get in a fight with him. Two close subordinates of Doflamingo learned this in a very painful way
- Big Fancy Sword/Katanas Are Just Better: The Marauder's sword, the Franken.
- Blatant Lies: He's not crying, damn it! HE'S NOT!
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Franky's theme actually pre-dates Franky himself, originally being used for Usopp's 5-Ton Hammer escapade.
- Actually, it even appears before that, when Luffy first meets Eyelashes.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite all of his eccentricities, never doubt the genius of Franky's work. A perfect example would be a recent addition to his body, Nipple Lights.
- Catchphrase: "SUPER!"
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Combining Mecha: The Iron Pirate Franky Shogun is composed of the Black Rhino FR-U IV and Brachio Tank V.
- Cool Shades
- Crazy Awesome: Invoked. This is the In-Universe opinion of him as far as Luffy, Chopper, and Usopp are concerned.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Played for Laughs after the timeskip, as he occasionally repeats instructions in a robotic voice and (sometimes) adds the suffix "-robo" or "-mecha" to sentences. Robin jokes (maybe) that she can't really consider him "human" anymore.
- Cyborg: It's even the epithet on his Wanted poster.
- Does Not Like Shoes: He is always barefoot.
- Embarrassing Real Name: Cutty Flam. Iceberg, one of the few who knows it, was the one who convinced him to change it.
- Emergency Transformation: He rebuilt himself. From the scraps of a derelict ship. After being hit by a train. Heck, this guy gives Tony Stark a run for his money, appropriately enough.
- Expressive Hair: His hair style automatically changes according to what he's fueling himself with at the time. While he usually uses cola, which makes it stand up in a sort of pompadour, it tends to hang-down and wilt when he's running on empty, has a more onion-like shape if he uses vegetable juice and a more wavy style when using tea.
- Fartillery: Say it with me now! Coup de... BOO!
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While they're not brothers by blood, Franky had this dynamic with Iceberg. One guess as to who was the former.
- Full-Name Basis: To Robin, when he first joined the crew. It eventually switches to First Name Basis.
- Funny Afro: Since he can change hairstyles at will after the timeskip, he sometimes goes with afros.
- Genius Bruiser: Built fully functioning robotic prostheses out of random junk from scratch and attached them himself, while severely injured. Also the largest of the Straw Hats by a good margin.
- Trouser Space: Apparently he keeps the hammer he uses to build things in his speedo...
- Heel-Face Turn: Initially introduced as the leader of a gang who acted as villains for most of the Water 7 arc.
- Hidden Depths: Iceberg suggests different reasons for why he became a mob boss. Recruiting the bums and thugs off the streets gives them stable employment, and the job they do (hunting down pirates and dismantling their ships) is good for Water 7 as a whole.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: Weaponized. His "Franky Triangle Jacker" consists of him plucking off his sideburns and throwing them like sharp boomerangs.
- Humongous Mecha: The Iron Pirate Franky Shogun.
- In a hilarious subversion of what normally would be expected of a giant mecha, it proved pretty useless in its first appearance, as the only attacks that actually hit the opponents were the ones used by Franky by momentarily coming out of the cockpit. Lampshaded by Robin, who wondered why he had brought it out in the first place.
- Until Franky revealed that he has a scaled-down copy of the Thousand Sunny's Gaon Cannon, called the General Cannon, built into the thing. Nothing says surprise quite like getting hit by a compressed air stream that can blow up an entire ship.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: How he fits everything inside his body is probably best left unanswered.
- Important Haircut: He got one of these after the Time Skip, but can revert to his old style or change to a new one by pressing his nose for more than three seconds.
- Insult Backfire: He takes "pervert" as a compliment.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Large Ham: Natch. He once responded to a sad backstory by playing a somber tune on his guitar.
- Lost in Translation: Some of the situations involving Franky and the word "pervert" are actually Japanese pun-based jokes involving "Hentai!" (abnormality) and the more traditional Toku phrase "Henshin!" (transform) commonly used in Sentai series. While "hentai" can also mean "metamorphosis", its more common meaning of "weirdo" or "pervert" creates obvious humor.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Hilariously parodied. The forearm is actually much larger than the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun's shield.
- Made of Iron: Or rather steel.
- My Greatest Failure: His Battle Franky ships being stolen by Spandam and used to attack the judicial ship in order to frame him, Tom, and Iceberg, injuring the latter two in the process. This motivated his decision to give up on making ships.
- Naked People Are Funny: Buck-naked!Franky, anyone?
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: On the island he was sent to, he unintentionally self-destructed the laboratory of Dr. Vegapunk, the smartest man in the One Piece world. His lab was considered a treasure to the marines.
- He ended up doing this twice.
- In his past, all the ships that he built end up getting used to frame him, Tom, and Iceberg for attacking the judicial ship as part of Spandam's plan to confiscate Pluton's blueprints.
- The Nicknamer: He used to nickname his crewmates, calling them by attribute-related monikers like "curly eyebrow" or "skeleton" instead of their real names (Except for Robin, who he referred to by her full name). Much like Robin, he stops using nicknames as he gets closer to his crewmates.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Only from the front, though. He couldn't reach his back so it's totally unarmored.
- At least it was unarmored before the timeskip. Post-timeskip, that weakness is no more.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Some fans believe he might be based off of Jim Carrey.
- His post-Time Skip body seems to modeled after Henry Rollins.
- He was also created after Eiichiro Oda heard all of Kazuki Yao's voice work as Jango and Bon Clay, specifically designed to give him a permanent casting role.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum: His cyborg functions are powered by carbonation! So is the ship he made, for that matter.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He was renamed by Iceberg who found his real name silly. Everyone has called him Franky ever since.
- Parental Abandonment: Abandoned by his pirate parents and adopted by Tom, who died when he was a young adult.
- Power Source: He's gotta have his Cola.
- Ridiculously Fast Construction: Played for laughs several times during the Thriller Bark arc, when, among other things, he built a bridge with flower motifs and frills in the time it took the others to blink, and built a staircase leading up to super-giant Oars as fast as another crewmember was able to climb it. Best shipwright/carpenter/engineer ever.
- Sand in My Eyes: Often brought to tears by sentimental backstories. He always denies it.
- Scenery Censor: In episode 321 of the anime, his family snatches his speedo and takes it to the Straw Hats to get him to go with them, making him run through town bottomless. While the show has no problem showing his rear end, they occasionally use this to obscure the front.
- Science Hero
- Shout-Out: Franky's cry of "Yatte Yaruze!" ("Let's Do It!") during the Oars fight when the Straw Hat pirates 'dock'. Kazuki Yao is famous for Fujiwara Shinobu of Dancouga, whose catchphrase whenever the Cyber Beast Force formed the Giant Robot was... "Yatte Yaruze!"
- Shrouded in Myth: Because of his antics in the island of Baldimore, he caused "The Nightmare of Baldimore", and he accidentally set fire to the tiger skin he was wearing to mask himself and ran out scaring the suspicious Marines chasing him, becoming "The Burning Beast of Baldimore" to make legends for generations to come.
- Super Strength: Franky's great physical strength is one of the things he can boast of. While his combat abilities may still be below the monster trio, his physical strength is very likely to be on par with them.
- Team Dad: According to Oda. He's of the bumbling variety, however, and he has a lot of Ship Tease with Team Mom Robin.
- He certainly was one to the Franky Family as well.
- This Is a Drill: On the top of the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun's head.
- Throwing Your Shield Always Works: General Shield Boomerang!
- Trrrilling Rrrs: In the anime (Japanese dub). "Good smell! Flllllavor!"
- Walking Swimsuit Scene
- We Can Rebuild Him: More like "He Can Rebuild Himself". As previously mentioned, he became a cyborg after being run over by the Puffing Tom, surviving, and then refitting his own body with mechanical parts. In fact, he's rebuilt himself twice! After causing the "Nightmare of Baldimore" and incinerating his own skin, he rebuilds himself into an even bigger and more powerful body, incorporating plans from Dr. Vegapunk himself.
- Weapon of Choice
- Would Hit a Girl: As his fight against Baby 5 (and Buffalo) can testify.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Styled after Ace Ventura's, even.
"Humming"/"Soul King" Brook
"I really am glad to still be alive!"
Brook is the crew's musician. He ate the Revive-Revive Fruit (Yomi Yomi no Mi
), which enabled his spirit to reanimate his corpse after he died. (Un)fortunately
, after his death, his spirit got lost for an entire year before finding his body, and it had decayed into a skeleton
. He later developed the ability to control his own soul. Deprived of his shadow by the Warlord of the Sea, Gecko Moria, he was adrift within the gloomy Florian Triangle until he met the Straw Hats by chance. He's something of a Dirty Old Man
who repeatedly asks Nami and Robin to show him their panties, and he also has the distinct habit of making cringe-inducing
puns relating to his skeletal state at every opportunity. He's eighty-eight/ninety
years old, though he doesn't age after dying at the age of thirty-eight. He is also a fencer who executes extremely fast attacks and can use music as a form of hypnosis.
His dream is to reunite with Laboon, a whale who lives at the entrance to the Grand Line, whom the Straw Hats had previously met. Fifty years ago, the baby whale had befriended the pirate crew Brook was a part of, but they had to leave him behind as their travels became more dangerous. After his shadow was recovered from Gecko Moria, Brook happily accepted Luffy's invite to join the crew, pleased to have finally found new friends to call his own.
His bounty is 33,000,000 Berries. Due to his body having decayed, he went undetected by the World Government until he was betrayed by his manager at the end of the timeskip. His wanted poster is now updated.