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    "Straw Hat" Monkey D. Luffy 
The main protagonist and Captain of the Straw Hat Pirates. His main goal is to become the Pirate King.
See his page for more information.

    "Pirate Hunter" Roronoa Zoro 
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"I am going to be the world's greatest swordsman! (...) Whether a hero or a villain, everyone's going to know my name!"

Child Voice: Megumi Urawa (JP); Brina Palencia (EN, Funi), Andrew Rannells (EN, 4Kids); Rocío Azofra (SP)
Adult Voice: Kazuya Nakai (JP), Wataru Takagi (OVA); Christopher Sabat (EN, Funi), Marc Diraison (EN, 4Kids); Gabriel Basurto, Dafnis Fernández (2nd Voice) (Latin American Spanish); Jorge Saudinós (SP)

Roronoa Zoro is the nineteen/twenty-one-year-old swordsman of the Straw Hat Pirates; he utilizes Santoryu (literally "Three Sword Style") in battle, wielding one in each hand along with one in the mouth. Mostly drinks and sleeps in his spare time (when he's not training his ass off), but becomes a real demon in battle that can defeat five hundred Mooks in two seconds. Often wears a green bandanna on his forearm that he ties around his head when he gets dangerous.

Similar to Luffy's goal, Zoro wishes to become the greatest swordsman in the world. Unlike Luffy, however, he needs only to defeat Dracule "Hawk Eyes" Mihawk, the current greatest swordsman in the world, to do so. He actually meets up with Mihawk fairly early in the story, but failed to land a single hit and was sliced by Mihawk's BFS for his trouble. Mihawk, however, held back just enough to leave Zoro alive, and told him to challenge him again when he was ready. In a strange twist of events, he is trained by Mihawk to be a stronger swordsman to protect his crew. For giving up his pride for the sake of others impresses Mihawk enough to agree.

His first bounty was 60,000,000 berries, his second bounty was 120,000,000 berries, and his third and current bounty is 320,000,000 berries.
  • 108: His Pound Hou techniques have this motif. It starts with him doing 36 Pound Hou with one sword in Skypiea Arc, then later uses 108 Pound Hou with 3 swords to defeat Ohm in the same arc. After the Time Skip, he upgraded his moves into 360 Pound Hou with one sword, and predictably, 1080 Pound Hou with three.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After defeating the Humandrills, he has to beg Mihawk to teach him to get stronger for the Straw Hats' sake. Also before this, he begged Kuma to take his head instead of Luffy's when he defeated the Straw Hat Crew in Thriller Bark.
  • The Alcoholic: If he's not fighting, he's either training, sleeping, or drinking. When training under Mihawk, he was horrified when his teacher told him he couldn't have a drop of alcohol to drink until he managed to infuse his sword with so much Armament Haki it turned the blade completely black.
  • Always Someone Better: A Running Gag shared between him and Sanji - whatever Sanji does, Zoro does better. It even factors in otherwise trivial things such as their Badass Baritone voices (with Zoro sounding the deepest of the two). It constantly pisses the hell out of Sanji.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Zoro has had a rich brown skin tone his entire life, so unlike Robin, who was just tan, his actual pigmentation is a little less than the lily-white Nami/Sanji have. Though considering he also has green hair and Word of God states his real life nationality would be Japan, who knows what he's supposed to be?
    • Of course, there are some naturally tan Japanese, especially in the more Southern islands.
  • Anti-Hero: Zoro can be particularly murderous, as he's a Blood Knight. He was even described by other pirates as being capable of exuding a massive killing intent. Zoro has also stated several times of his willingness to kill, and said he's not a friend to pirates or marines.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: While Zoro would be the last person to talk about the inherent beauty of the world, he's still deeply invested in protecting his crew and honoring the memory of his friend, he's just as much a Romantic as the rest of his crew, he just doesn't happen to go on about as much. This also overlaps with some Buddhist ideology. He also started as a guy who didn't care about anything but his own strength.
  • Artifact Alias: The epithet "Pirate Hunter" came from hunting pirates for a living before the start of the series. Now that he's a pirate himself, this would be quite difficult to do without getting arrested himself.
  • Asexual: The only male member of the crew not to peek in the girls' bathroom during the Alabasta arc, and shows a general lack of interest in the opposite sex. He's even proven immune to Nami and Robin's feminine wiles. This is probably a case of "thinks love is a distraction", since he seems to focus almost completely on his fighting ability. May also have something to do with his first female friend, Kuina, dying on him when they were children.
  • Ax-Crazy: The gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Detective Loomes" depicted him as a bloodthirsty samurai who likes slicing pedestrians with his swords, cranking his Blood Knight tendencies Up to Eleven and removing his sense of honor.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: In this pic, which completely cements his Made of Iron credentials.
  • Badass Baritone: He has the deepest voice in the crew (both Japanese and English dub), and is undeniably badass.
  • Badass Boast:
    • From chapter 642:
    Zoro: You want to kill me?! You couldn't even kill my boredom!
    • He also made a spectacularly badass one as a child which doubles as The Promise when reacting to Kuina's death:
    Zoro: I'll become the world's greatest swordsman, I'll become so famous, my name will heard out even in Heaven!"
    • Makes another one in Chapter 754:
    Zoro: I'm the man who will one day be this world's greatest swordsman! You were never in my league to begin with!
    • After Luffy knocks out 50,000 of Hody's subordinates:
    Zoro: If he wasn't at least this strong, I'd be captain.
    Zoro: Over the 9 mountains and across the 8 seas...there is nothing I cannot cut!
  • Badass Longcoat: After the two-year timeskip.
  • Badass Normal: He's the second-strongest member of the crew, on par with Luffy, and yet he doesn't have any Devil Fruit powers; his power comes from sheer skill and training. In fact, he can take on and defeat Devil Fruit users.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: He gets especially badass whenever he dons his black bandana.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Out of all the crew, it's Chopper he seems to have a huge soft spot for. So, don't try to hurt Chopper. It'll make the big guy decide to go back on his policy not to fight for revenge.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To a degree, towards Luffy. Also toward Chopper.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He often jumps out of nowhere to save someone at unexpected moments. He saved Vivi from being blown up by Mr.5, shielded Nami from Mr.1's attack, stopped Kuma from taking Luffy, and post Time Skip, stopped King Neptune's Trident.
    • He stopped Hyouzou from attacking Robin. However, considering Robin's lack of concern prior to his intervention and Zoro's offhanded apology over it, the two probably see this particular example more as Zoro stealing Robin's kill than this trope.
  • Black Swords Are Better: When he makes his swords black with the strength of his Haki, they become harder, more durable, and sharper; they're able to slice a massive skyscraper-sized stone statue in half effortlessly and with not a chip on their blades afterward.
    • Additionally, Zoro's strongest sword Shusui has a black blade naturally.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: His fights compared to the others as well as his own.
    • Lighter and Softer: His fights post-timeskip. Thus far he's barely been touched, much less injured.
  • Blood Knight: Mostly apathetic to everything around him, but once you say you want to fight, voila! You got his interest!
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In episode 223 of the anime.
  • Brutal Honesty: Don't expect Zoro to be anything other than blunt in anything he says. Notably his commentary on Sanji's attempts to woo attractive women, his opinion on Tashigi's fighting ability (in comparison to his), or the situation with Usopp with his initial departure of the crew.
  • Challenge Seeker: Wanting to be the world's greatest swordsman, he duels everyone holding a sword to prove that he's the best and improve himself.
  • Character Tics: When Zoro has the intention to fight seriously, he ties his bandana (normally kept tied around his left arm) around his head.
  • Characterization Marches On: Invoked; Zoro used to smile, laugh, and play along with the crew a lot more before the Baratie Arc. After being defeated so easily by Mihawk, he became much more serious, sullen, and hotheaded in the following arcs; over time, the "sullen" part declined but his predominant personality remains stern. He still has his Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies though, see below.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He is extremely strong, owing to rigorous training. He can actually lift a house above his head and throw it, for starters.
  • Child Prodigy: Zoro was already an extremely talented swordsman as a child, being able to defeat every adult in his dojo at around 8-10 years old. Ironically though, the one person he could not beat was another young prodigy, Kuina.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: You wouldn't guess it from his usual demeanor, but Zoro just has some moments of total daffiness, and is completely serious during all of them. He yells like Tarzan while swinging on a vine. When Nami has trouble swinging, he claims it's because she "didn't do the call". When he's being turned into a wax statue, he raises his sword into the air and advises everyone to strike a pose.
  • The Coats Are Off: Zoro removed the top part of his coat when he got serious in the battle on Fishman Island.
  • Color Motif: Always seen wearing green, and even has green hair. It represents naivety - while he was already an accomplished swordsman, compared to someone like Mihawk, he's an absolute greenhorn.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: The dude tears himself apart on a regular basis, and seems to enjoy it. In total, he's allowed himself:
    • A big scar across his chest from losing to Mihawk that was so bad Arlong wondered why it didn't kill him outright.
    • To risk the loss of an entire arm to test the curse of a sword.
    • Ankle scars from attempting to chop off his feet.
    • To go out in the freezing cold shirtless and unshod (until hawking suitable garb from a Mook).
    • To take two massive jolts of electricity.
    • Kuma's devastating test of pain which left him near death and eyes completely bloodshot from squinting so hard in agony.
    • And some mysterious scar that prevents the use of his left eye.
  • The Comically Serious: He's very serious and doesn't have much of a sense of humor, but he can be hilarious nonetheless, partially thanks to his crew.
  • The Consigliere: Occasionally, despite the Straw Hats not being a mafia. Though he respects Luffy's decisions most of the time, he has an innate sense of the burdens of captainship and he will step in and give some harsh, albeit necessary wisdom whenever he feels Luffy is making a mistake.
  • Covered in Scars: He had no scars starting out with Luffy, but a run-in with Mihawk led to his first, he inflicted some more when Mr. 3 encased his feet in wax and he tried to cut himself free, and in the two years he trained with Mihawk personally, something happened to his left eye that hasn't been explained yet.
  • Creepy Good: Zoro is one of only two members of the Straw Hats known to have killed in the past. Zoro is willing to chop his own feet off to join a fight and creeps the others out with his sheer determination and willpower, not to mention his monstrous strength. Usopp, Nami, and Chopper frequently find him "creepy" or "nuts" depending on the situation.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Was subjected to one by Mihawk the first time they met, after challenging him to a sword fight. He was trounced so badly that he broke down crying, and swore to improve himself so he can finally defeat Mihawk.
    • On the flip side, he constantly hands out this trope to his enemies like Smoker smokes cigars - it's even more prominent after the Time Skip, where his fights end with even less effort on his part than before thanks to a two-year Training from Hell.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Adequately explains his huge soft spot for Chopper.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: His fighting style relies on it, as improbable as it looks.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: While his childhood is mostly unknown, Zoro did lose a good friend and rival, Kuina, before they could both achieve their dreams of becoming great swordsman. He also had no parents or extended family to speak of.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Zoro has a really dry wit, and has thrown out some pretty badass Pre Asskicking One Liners.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Zoro's ultimate goal is to defeat Mihawk, who is the world's undefeatable swordsman.
  • Delinquent Hair: The gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time" gives him a mohawk, which is a reference to Tora Gari, one of his frequently-used sword techniques and a Pun for a type of mohawk. He's also depicted as a "deadly weapon" delinquent who often carries his swords around in school.
  • Determinator: His fight against Mr. 1 comes to mind. You must see the amount of punishment Zoro endured during that fight to believe it.
  • Diagonal Cut: Most notably, how he finished off Mr. 1.
  • Dodge the Bullet: He can dodge bullets quite easily, even if they're fired from point-blank range.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to Oda, he hates chocolate because it's too sweet for him. Good thing he got Put on a Bus for the Totto Land Arc...
  • Dragon-in-Chief: This is the general impression that Zoro often gives people, especially in the beginning the series. Due to his reputation as an infamous pirate hunter, many people considered him more dangerous than Luffy and often wonder why he isn't the captain... until they actually see Luffy's strength.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed, as Zoro has shown decent judgement and wisdom. However, aside from Luffy, he's the only crew member to not have an additional skill outside of combat, has absolutely No Sense of Direction, is at times borderline Cloud Cuckoolander, and was the last person to get Luffy's 3D2Y message.
  • Embarrassing Rescue: Tashigi finds his help really embarrassing.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He tapped into his potential for Haki during the timeskip.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Zoro is pretty merciless, and not above killing or injuring the Mooks he encounters. However, even he is visibly disgusted by Crocodile's willingness to murder an entire country of innocents for personal gain, angrily snarling The term "not-human" was created to describe scum such as you.
  • Evil Weapon: Kitetsu III's curse has lead all its previous owners to violent deaths. Zoro sees it as a problem child, but he is too sword-crazy to back away from the challenge - and his mojo proves stronger than its curse as shown as he tested it on himself.
  • Eyepatch After Timeskip: Subverted. He hasn't been shown to use an eyepatch (so far), but he did come out of the time-skip missing an eye. This has yet to be explained.
  • Fan Disservice: Zoro with his shirt all torn up is pure Fanservice. But Zoro with his shirt torn while soaked in his own blood and so hurt he could barely stand after his confrontation with Kuma wasn't so much.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: His Three-Sword Style, which involves a sword in each and and one sword in his mouth. By One Piece standards, this is one of the more realistic fighting styles.
  • Fighting Spirit: This is how his Asura technique works.
  • Flaming Sword: Yaki Oni Giri (Flaming Demon Slash). Used once with actual fire, and in one of the movies with magic fire. He also stated that he would love a flaming sword as a weapon.
  • Flanderization: Relatively minor case. What started out as having a bad sense of direction eventually becomes being so directionally incompetent that in the G8 arc he even manages to bend time and space through the power of getting lost.
  • Foil: As The Lancer, he's a neat contrast to Luffy in many ways; a former bounty hunter with an outwardly stern and menacing disposition who actually resembles the traditional pirate far more than Luffy does due to Luffy's own cheerful demeanor.
  • Friend to All Children: He has a soft spot for kids; this is actually the first indication that he's not the bloodthirsty monster people think he is.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Sort of. An octopus was seen stuck on him when he came back up from inspecting a shipwreck. Later, a South Bird was staying near him (though it was to get his food). Chopper, a half-reindeer, usually clamps on his head when he's scared.
  • Full-Name Basis: Villains only ever call him by his full name, and some add in his epithet "Pirate Hunter" as a prefix for good measure. He shares this distinction with Robin. Interestingly, Mihawk and Tashigi seem to be the only people in the world on Last Name Basis with him, frequently calling him just "Roronoa".
  • Full Potential Upgrade: Yubashiri and Kitetsu III were this, as a filler episode's flashback showed Zoro having a tendency to break his second and third swords until he got them.
  • Fun with Homophones: All of his attack names read menacingly... but sound like the names of food. For example, his basic attack "oni giri" means "demon slash"... but sounds like onigiri ("rice-ball").
  • Goggles Do Nothing: He did attempt to use them once, in order to shield his eyes from an enemy's flash attacks. This did little good, given that the goggles aren't tinted.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars:
    • Zoro possesses a huge scar across his chest from his first bout with Mihawk (which he tried to poorly patch up by himself at first).
    • Later on, he gains scars on his ankles from his attempt to cut his feet off to escape a villain's trap.
    • After the timeskip, Zoro has lost an eye and has a thin scar from his forehead to his cheek.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Family Time" turned him into one of these, with his sternness and dedication to swordsmanship cranked Up to Eleven, and a balding head. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Handicapped Badass: Zoro apparently critically injured or even lost his left eye after the Timeskip, as there's a new scar over it and it's always closed. Either way, it hasn't slowed him down in the slightest.
  • Heavy Sleeper: This guy can sleep anywhere at any time, even sleeping through a storm like it was smooth sailing.
    • Or during a snow storm, he doesn't even wake up after being thoroughly COVERED in SNOW; he's even wearing short sleeves.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: Though evidence points to Zoro being left-handed, he's clearly just as capable with a sword using his right hand.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Although, Zoro is the most anti-heroic of the crew. Zoro is an extremely powerful master swordsman, being able to use one, two, and three swords in varying attack styles, going from melee-type all the way to artillery. He is even able to use some sword techniques that utilize the very air itself to strike the enemy from a distance. Brook classifies Zoro as a user of the "Power of Destruction" (破壊力 Hakairyoku?).
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Offers his life in exchange for Luffy's before a nigh unbeatable foe. Instead, said foe allows him to take in all of Luffy's pain and exhaustion, which was supposed to be a traumatic enough experience to kill him. Naturally, it doesn't. Keep in mind, this was all the pain and exhaustion from someone made of rubber. Everything that he was able to endure thanks to his Devil Fruit powers, forced into a (technically) normal human body.
    • AND, all this was forced into him ON TOP of his own, already superhuman, damage.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Has an infinite supply of it.
  • Hollywood Healing: "Band-aids heal everything."
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Implied to be a source of angst involving the best friend (Kuina) whose childhood death he never got over. It's especially heart-wrenching when you consider that the other Straw Hats were at least assured they were unconditionally cared about by their own loved ones, no matter how tragic the circumstances. Zoro has always been alone since the beginning.
  • Hunk: He is on the lean side and isn't as muscular as Ace, but the most muscular of the Straw Hats and is quite good-looking. He gets even more hunkier after the timeskip.
  • Iconic Outfit: His original white T and black pants pre-timeskip, as well as his first Time Skip outfit which is the green robe. Also, he's never seen without his green "belly warmer" and 3 earrings.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: A rare non-villain example. When he fights Monet, she knows he can use Haki and in one attack vertically cuts her in half but holds back on the Haki to not kill her. She knows she should be dead and this near-death experience brought on a fear that is enough to keep her from properly reforming.
  • I Gave My Word: Takes his promises to others seriously, and is determined to keep them, to the point that he seems to really dislike being accused of not being able to fulfill a promise.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Who else can sword-swing with their mouth? Or wield three swords at the same time?
  • Improbable Age: One of the biggest badasses in the series is 21?
  • Instant Armor: Learned to use the Armament Haki during the timeskip, and he imbues the power in his sword like many New World swordsmen. Word of God is that Zoro specializes in this type of Haki, and it shows; he can launch a black tornado of Razor Wind that keeps on spinning and cutting up everything in its path with it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While not a complete Jerkass, tends to be one of the more abrasive members of the crew when giving advice. However, his advice tends to be right.
    • During the Davy Back Fight, he tells Chopper to own up to his decision to join the Straw Hats and that he shouldn't be blaming others for it.
    • When Usopp wanted to rejoin the crew, he tells Luffy that unless Usopp apologizes, he'd simply be allowing a crew member to disrespect him.
    • He acts rather apathetic about Sanji leaving the crew for his Arranged Marriage with one of Big Mom's daughters, pointing out that they can't be sticking their noses in one Emperor's business when they're currently focused on another.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's normally grumpy and rude, but if any of his crew get in trouble he's the first to help them, while growling about how stupid/thoughtless they were for getting into the mess in the first place.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Why do you think he carries three at a time?
  • Ki Attacks: As revealed by Luffy, he can now use Haki after the time-skip. Word of God says that he specialises in Armament Haki, which is shown when he used it to cut Monet's cheek, at long range. It's also implied he can use Observation Haki.
  • Killing Intent: This is implied to be behind his Kyuutouryu: Ashura ability (where he sprouts extra heads, arms and swords). This also allows him to beat Monet, a logia user, to the point she was frozen in fear and couldn't reassemble herself after he cut her without Haki.
  • The Lancer: To Luffy, again.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When he puts the bandanna on, Zoro will usually use some crazy attack that destroys his opponent, and usually the environment around them. Lampshaded during Enies Lobby where Kaku asks him if the bandanna increases his power.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: An interesting case where the villains barely had to do anything to provoke Luffy into fighting Zoro at Whiskey Peak. They had all been beaten up by Zoro and Luffy was mistakenly led to believe that Zoro did this for the fun of it, when the villains were "nice" to him and the crew beforehand, giving them food and partying with them, all the while waiting for the chance to kill them all.
  • Licking the Blade: He does this a couple of times. Not surprisingly, there was much squeeing from the female fanbase.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His physical strength is equal to Luffy's, and he can react fast enough to dodge bullets fired at point-blank range. Post time skip: He's faster than a Fishman, while underwater.
  • Made of Iron: To a mind-blowing extent. Zoro is the trope image for a reason. He refuses to be incapacitated even after Mr. 1 practically puts him through a meatgrinder. This is most noticeable in the anime, which often downplays how badly Luffy and others are hurt in their fights – it is kinda hard to do with Zoro, as he almost always fights swordsmen.
    • In the Arlong arc, when Arlong sees the extent of Zoro's wounds prior to the battle, and how well he'd fought, he decides he cannot let a human like this live.
  • Mangst: He still carries Wado Ichimonji everywhere.
  • Martial Pacifist: While never one to even "try" to avoid a fight, Zoro rarely, if ever, starts one, despite his rather Blood Knight like nature. After the time skip Zoro even starts to refuse to fight people he deems weaker than himself, and those he does fight he tries to make give up by destroying their weapons or intimidating the hell out of them. That said if his opponent still comes at him or the other Straw Hats and allies he will take them out.
  • Master Swordsman: Zoro's ultimate goal. He was also trained by a Master Swordsman – Dracule "Hawk Eye" Mihawk.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is based on that of real-life pirate François l'Olonnais, notable among other things for cutting out an enemy's heart and biting into it in front of him mid-fight.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Qualifies in most areas, most notably that he looks great with his shirt off, which happens more often than not.
  • Multi Wielding: He often triple-wields katanas, with one in each hand and one in his mouth. This being anime, of course, it's always quite effective, as absurd as it would be in real life. It goes even farther, however, with Zoro eventually learning to nonuple-wield – that is, use nine swords at once, or at least create the appearance of this. Justified, since Zoro's style isn't nearly as effective unless he uses three swords.
  • Mysterious Past: While we know he spent his teenage years training and hunting pirates after the Kuina incident, nothing about Zoro's family life, early childhood, or even where exactly he was born is known. All we know for certain is that he showed up at a dojo in the East Blue one day around 9-12 years old or so (his age in his flashback was never specified) and was already strong enough to defeat every adult there. Furthermore, whatever motivated Zoro to become a swordsman in the first place is completely unknown.
  • Mythology Gag: When first hearing about three-sword style, Ryuma questions if it's a circus act. In the early development, Zoro was made as a member of Buggy's Circus of Fear crew.
  • Nerves of Steel: Reacts pretty calmly to situations. Justified as Zoro's belief in fate leads him to leave things to luck.
  • Never Gets Drunk: One of the greatest examples. Zoro can hold ridiculous amounts of alcohol. Even after out-drinking thirteen people, Zoro went on to fight one hundred trained assassins at Whiskey Peak with no problems whatsoever. He didn't even have a hangover next morning. However, part of the reason why he never gets drunk is because he knows his limits. As he himself says:
    Zoro: A true swordsman never drinks himself into a stupor.
    • Chapter 669: Sanji (in Nami's body), and Brook all get hit by a sleeping gas that is somehow supposed to use alcohol to knock out even the heaviest of drinkers. Zoro does end up falling asleep from the fumes, but it also takes him longer than Sanji or Brook to succumb; long enough that he can slice a needle-laden mountaintop that they're headed toward in half so that they don't all die or get horribly injured.
  • Never My Fault: Every time he's left to his own devices, he ends up running in circles believing it's his crew who's lost, not him.
  • No Badass to His Valet: To the world, Zoro is a monstrously powerful swordsman with an intense amount of bloodlust and potential, and second to one of the most dangerous pirates on the Grand Line. To the rest of the Straw Hat crew, he's their meathead of a swordsman who's capable of getting lost in a straight hallway and is only marginally smarter than their reckless idiot of a captain.
  • No Sense of Direction: This man is capable of getting lost in a straight hallway.
    • This man is capable of getting lost when a door was in front of him.
    • This man is capable of getting lost when it shouldn't be physically possible.
    • And when he wants to get away from someone, he'll end up running into them anyway.
    • Even the zombie that had his shadow got lost when following a large group of zombies.
    • When he's told to go south, he goes the opposite direction. While in the company of a bird whose head will only ever point south. And when he's told to go north, he immediately starts climbing a building, thinking "north" means "up".
    • Surprisingly, the only time he actually didn't get lost is during the Post-Marineford arc, when Mihawk told him he can find a rowboat to the west of his castle, and he actually found it.
    • He seemingly gets over this over the Time Skip, bragging to Sanji that he got back to Saboady first. It turns out that was only with the help of Perona, with his navigational skills being just as bad as ever.
  • No Social Skills: A more minor example than most, but if Zoro isn't issuing badass threats he's actually fairly awkward in social scenarios, usually getting rather frustrated if things get out of his comfort zone. His relationship with Tashigi and Sanji reek of this.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: At the beginning of the series, Zoro already had a reputation as a top tier swordsman. Most of his battles ended in single stroke and was more feared then Luffy, who was seen as a nobody at the time. When faced with Mihawk, the greatest swordsman in the world, everyone expected an epic battle. It was a complete and utter curb stomp with Mihawk deflecting all of Zoro's strikes with a tiny knife.
    Mihawk: You may have a reputation, but you're still just a bunny. [...] You're a little frog, croaking in your puddle. Time you learned how big the world is.
  • Not So Above It All: He enjoys his booze parties from time to time. In general, as mentioned in The Comically Serious above, he can be very serious, but thanks to the influence of the Straw Hats, he ends up reacting to, and even participating in their goofy shenanigans.
    • In the Thriller Bark arc, when the Straw Hats start falling one by one to Perona's ghosts and acting depressed, Zoro chastises them for letting something as trivial as a ghost defeat them, when a ghost makes him act depressed, too. Sanji got a kick out of that one.
  • Not So Stoic: He's usually The Stoic, but he does have his moments, such as when seeing Kaku's Devil Fruit powers for the first time.
    • His reaction to Luffy laughing at Pica's ridiculous laugh (paraphrased):
    Zoro: Luffy! Now is not the time to laugh at the enemy's—pfffhahahahaha!
  • Not Worth Killing: He could've easily killed Monet if he used Haki, but he didn't, deciding that leaving her with her resolve just as broken as her body was enough. However, he did say to Tashigi after she cut her down, that he'd have finished her off himself.
  • Number Two: In times of emotional crisis for the crew, he's taken responsibility of the crew and reminds Luffy of his duties as a captain, solidifying his position as this. This is most obvious in regards to Luffy's duel with Usopp. Later, he and Nami tend to share this role depending on the situation.
  • 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.
  • One-Man Army: Post Time Skip, he managed to defeat most of the Neptune Army soldiers by himself, and after his capture, he plans to do the same with Hordy's men now. Even Usopp calls him one.
    • Much earlier, in one of the more awesome moments of the series, he single-handedly defeated 100 expert bounty hunters in Whiskey Peak. And this was after out-drinking thirteen other people.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: To an increasingly ridiculous degree.
    • In the 5th movie, the villain says his Cursed Sword will drink all of Zoro's blood. Poor thing probably would have exploded from overfill.
    • They made fun of this in Episode 523. They showed Zoro looking at nine pint bags of blood that were being transfused into Sanji, angling as if he had given it all.
  • Papa Wolf: Zoro just seems to care for the crew as much as anybody else. Messing with any of them is a pretty good way to easily anger him.
  • Parental Abandonment: There has been no mention of his parents at all. All we know is that he trained at the dojo at a young age.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Zoro used to smile and laugh quite frequently in early arcs. This changed after his defeat at the hands of Mihawk. Since then, he kind of developed a bad temper as pointed out by Sanji in the Arlong arc.
    • Debatable, but it seems he got better post-Time Skip.
    • He's also prone to smiling and laughing during the parties the Straw Hats and friends have at the end of most arcs.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Sliced a mountain-sized stone Pica to bits.
  • Pet the Dog: He has his moments with kids. He's not usually trying, but they're there.
  • Power Glows: Occasionally, he will glow when he performs any of his more potent attacks as well as creating illusions, thought of by Kaku as being the power of his spirit.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    • To Kaku:
      Zoro (to Kaku): Bring on the hardship. It's preferred on the path to carnage!
    • To Monet:
      Zoro: (to Monet) Have you ever seen a wild beast, that is never guaranteed to bite a person? I haven't.
    • Subverted, because he actually didn't intend to kill her, just leave her broken so she won't be able to endanger his crew-mates. She might as well have been dead though.
  • Quit Your Whining: Says this to Chopper after he gets forcibly taken into Foxy's crew as a result of the Straw Hats losing the first round of the Davy Back Fight.
  • Razor Wind: His Tatsumaki and Pound Hou techniques.
  • Real Men Dont Cry: It should be noted that Zoro has only been seen crying twice over the course of the entire series. The first time was when he was still quite young and Kuina had just died, and he asked her father for Wado. Quite understandable, especially at that age. The second time, was while he swore to Luffy that he would never lose again (this, after losing to Mihawk).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Luffy's red. And a much bigger Blue to Sanji's Red, Zoro is grumpy, stoic and hides his affection towards his crewmates with actions as opposed to words. His most powerful techniques are reliant on a cool head and cold, steely focus. However, with him and Sanji's case, it gets switched around when they fight, with Sanji often becoming the tactical, villain-spanning Blue Oni while Zoro becomes the fight-happy Red Oni if suitably provoked.
  • The Reliable One: An unusual example, given his abrasive nature, but Zoro is actually a pretty stable rock for the Straw Hats. He can almost always be counted on to be the one who:
    • Shows up in time to save one of the other Straw Hats.
    • Gives sensible advice.
    • Steps up when Luffy isn't being a proper captain.
  • Running Gag: His No Sense of Direction habits mentioned above. Also, his quarrels with Sanji always start with him saying something snarky to Sanji's antics, followed by Sanji insulting him, followed by them trying to kick/slice each other...
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He has no skills beyond fighting (and drinking). While all of the other Straw Hats have responsibilities like medicine, navigation or sharpshooting with the cannons, the only thing he does is guard the ship and try not to get lost.
  • Scars Are Forever:
    • An enormous one spanning his chest, courtesy of Mihawk.
    • He has a scar on each of his legs from trying to cut his feet off to get out of Mr. 3's candle wax.
    • During the timeskip, he acquired one over his eye, which he seems to have lost.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: In sharp contrast to all of his fights before the time skip, post-timeskip Zoro has breezed through all of his opponents, cockily dishing out Badass Boasts to let them know how beneath him they are. It isn't until he encounters Admiral Fujitora that he even sustains an injury, and that's only a brief stumble in his stride. Zoro's mastery of Armament Haki has taken his Made of Iron credentials to a whole new level, shown by the fact that, so far, neither him nor his swords have even taken a scratch in the New World - Not even after he cuts a walking, talking, breathing mountain into castle-sized pieces!
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: This is largely what Sanji is to him despite being in the same crew (similar to Shanks and Buggy's relationship when they were on Roger's ship). These two never miss an opportunity to belittle, one-up, or humiliate the other. However, they're equally willing to protect and defend each other when push comes to shove.
  • Slasher Smile: He shows a great deal of enthusiasm when it comes to getting into fights.
  • The Southpaw: While it is clear that Zoro is ambidextrous, he seems to be predominantly left-handed. He keeps all of his swords sheathed next to his right hip, meaning it would be easier to pull a sword with his left hand. When wielding a single sword, Zoro usually uses his left hand. His single sword techniques have nearly always been executed with his left hand.
    • Also, in Movie 5, in his fight against Saga, Saga stabbed Zoro's left hand after telling him that he had "lost his dominant sword hand in battle."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Officially, it is "Zoro". All Japanese material and the Funimation dub/subs confirm this. However, the 4Kids dub and Viz's manga spell it "Zolo". It was heavily implied the change was made because someone on the production team worried about being sued by the "owners" of Zorro[[labelnote:Note]] (sarcasm quotes because a judge declared Zorro to be a Public-Domain Character back in the 90's, but no one is willing to admit it), who is moss-head's namesake. Still, the Fan Wank over this grew to a ridiculous extreme; it's one of the biggest backlashes in the history of Western anime fandom.
  • Spider-Sense: Obtained the Observation Haki during the Timeskip, which functions similarly to spider sense.
  • The Stoic: He's a lot more reserved than most of the crew, often taking negative events without losing his composure. He's often the crew's voice of reason.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: After Luffy's explanation on the difference between pirates and heroes – heroes share meat, pirates don't – which Zoro was not there to hear, Zoro gives an incredibly similar analogy, except he substitutes booze for meat.
    • When Luffy and Nami are captured, imprisoned and restrained by Big Mom's crew, Luffy intends to get out by tearing off his arms, which is very similar to Zoro, who intended to cut off his legs to escape Mr. 3's Giant Candle Service Set.
  • Super Reflexes: Like many characters, he has them and developed them through sheer training
  • Sword Sparks: Tends to pop up in all of his fights, since he usually fights other swordsmen.
  • Terror Hero: Zoro paralyzes Monet by a display of strength and pure killing intent in the Punk Hazard arc.
  • To Be a Master: His goal is to become "the greatest swordsman in the world".
  • Tough Love: Toward Chopper, when lecturing him on the consequences of being a pirate during the Davy Back Fight, and to Usopp, forcing the sniper to swallow his pride, apologize for his selfishness, and beg before being allowed back on the crew at the end of the Enies Lobby arc.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Wado Ichimonji, his only consistent sword, used to belong to his childhood friend/rival Kuina, and after her death, he uses it to remind himself of their promise to become great swordsmen.
  • Trash Talk: Zoro is the Straw Hat Pirates' resident trash talker in a fight. He enjoys telling his opponents things like "The reason you've never lost is because you've never met me", and of course, he always gives out a "Post Asskicking One-Liner", in which he usually comments on how his opponents were a mere stepping stone for him.
  • Troll: In the Syrup Village Arc, Zoro claims he, Nami, and Luffy (who were at a restaurant in town) ate Usopp as a joke, complete with a scary-looking Slasher Smile, to scare the Usopp Pirates looking for their captain.
  • Undying Loyalty: It took some doing at first, but of all the Straw Hats, Zoro's the first one who took his position very seriously. So long as Luffy continues to meet his expectations where it counts, Zoro will always be the first to have his back and be the last to fail him — and when Luffy makes a decision as Captain of their crew, he'll damn well see that the rest of them follow it, and will absolutely not forgive any mutinous attitudes towards his Captain.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sanji. The two make quite an impressive team... when they're not fighting, arguing, or hurling insults at each other (which is to say, most of the time).
    • More a case of With Friends Like These.... Sanji and Zoro don't just argue a lot; they seem to truly dislike each other, never once voluntarily hanging out or having any friendly conversations for the better part of 18 years since Sanji's introduction. The best they've mustered is being more or less indifferent to each other. Still, deep down, they respect each other as fighters and would go to any length to protect the other from harm.
  • Volleying Insults: Gets into this quite frequently with Sanji.
  • Weapon of Choice: His three katanas: Wado Ichimonji, Kitetsu III, and Shuusui. He's consistently had Wado Ichimonji, but had gone through several other swords before getting his current remaining pair.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Fanon typically pegs him as the First Mate, but this has not been explicitly confirmed in-story (yet). Luffy took him on board because he wanted a 'champion' in his crew, especially if he's the future "World's Greatest Swordsman" to balance out the future Pirate King. But then it loops back around because apparently being crew champion entails fighting slightly less than the captain and more than the cook.
    • He was the first to join Luffy, and he certainly acts like a Number Two sometimes, though he's just as likely to be bossed around by Nami as vice-versa. The World Government seems to consider him such, even if the Straw Hats don't.
    • Bartolomeo, the Straw Hats' fanboy, also gushes over Zoro labeling him as second-in-command in Dressrosa, so it would seem marines aren't the only ones with the impression vice-captain is his role.
    • Before they met Nami, he was Luffy's navigator after they parted ways with Coby. (You can imagine how well that went.
    • In the sense of power, which seems to be a valid claim in this world considering the position of Fleet Admiral of the Marines was decided in a duel, he would easily be 2nd in Command. During the Fishman island's final battle, after Luffy used his Conqueror's Haki to defeat a massive group of Fishman, Zoro commented "If he wasn't at least this strong, I'd be captain."
    • He has shown an understanding of military tactics and crew discipline which he shows in the Water Seven arc when Usopp left the crew. He was the only one to disagree on letting Usopp back into the crew as if nothing had happened, going so far as to quit himself if that happens. He sees Luffy as captain and will follow him to the ends of hell, but understands where lines need to be drawn and is willing to challenge Luffy himself if need be. Nami may boss him around, but she bosses everyone around. In short, yeah, he's Number Two.
    • Oda also mentioned in a data book Zoro is "like the vice captain".
  • What You Are in the Dark: Zoro fully intended to sacrifice himself as part of a deal with Kuma to spare the rest of the Straw Hats. When he made this deal, he was under the assumption that everyone else was unconscious.
  • When He Smiles: He can be a very handsome man. Or a very scary man. Usually the latter.
  • Wisdom from the Gutter: Zoro is the one to impart knowledge about how a pirate should behave within their group; aspects such as respect, roles and trust are brought up by him when the Straw Hats are in the middle of some inner conflict as seen during the Davy Back Fight and Water 7. Interesting to note is that Zoro only does this when Luffy, the Captain, isn’t the one voicing this out or he is also participating in the turmoil; the exact course of action a First Mate would take, if they ever had one.
  • The Worf Effect: Often loses to a character, such as Buggy, Mihawk, Arlong, Eneru, Rob Lucci, Oars & Moria, Kuma, and Isshou in order to show how powerful they are.
    • Worf Had the Flu: On the other hand, a good chunk of those opponents he had a significant disadvantage against. Buggy can't be cut at all because swords only disconnect his floating body parts, and he stabbed Zoro after his back was turned. In Arlong's case, Zoro was still suffering from his wound against Mihawk, had already fought Hachi, and was using a type of sword he wasn't used to, so it was hardly surprising there. Eneru is made out of pure electricity, so he couldn't be touched by anyone except Luffy. And against Kuma, he was already heavily injured and exhausted from his fight against Oars & Moria.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He will cut a girl if he has to.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: A child assassin at Whiskey Peak alongside an assassin dressed as a nun tried to kill him after attempting a Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Zoro quickly brought them both down, but used the back of his blades to not kill either of them.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Somewhat zig zagged with. His childhood friend Kuina may have been the only girl that he was willing to fight seriously. In his fight with Monet at Punk Hazard, Tashigi claims that Zoro is holding back due to a dismissive attitude towards women. Subverted, after proving to Monet that he will cut a girl if necessary.
    • An assassin dressed as a nun, attacked him with a child at Whiskey Peak after attempting a Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Zoro quickly brought them both down, but used the back of his blades to not kill either of them.
  • You Can Barely Stand: Happens to him ALL the time, with his fight with Mr. 1 being a defining example.
    • Also the Kuma incident at Thriller Bark. Zoro took in all the pain Luffy had accumulated during his fights with Oars and Moria. The entire area around him was covered in blood afterwards, and Zoro, though still standing and unflinching, looked like he was ready to die on the spot.
    • Subverted completely post Time Skip.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green. Sanji likes to make fun of him this way, calling him "Marimo" (after a rare form of spherical algal bloom).
  • Younger Than He Looks: Can you believe that somebody who looks like that is 19 (later 21)? Of course, he drinks like a fish, and has been training himself for about half his life to kick ass.

    "Cat Burglar" Nami 
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"What good is treasure if I'm all alone? I'd rather have nothing at all!"

Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (JP)note , Megumi Toyoguchi (JP, OVA); Luci Christian (EN, Funi), Kerry Williams (EN, 4Kids); Georgina "Gina" Sánchez (Latin American Spanish); Diana Torres (SP)

The eighteen/twenty-year-old navigator of the Straw Hats, Nami was initially introduced as a thief who detested pirates and stole from them. Her years of thievery have given her a sly and wily personality, as she isn't above taking advantage of or blackmailing her own crew mates. Despite these greedy personality traits, she is still very loyal to the crew, though they do get on her nerves from time to time, and their journey would have been nigh impossible without her near-supernatural abilities to read the ocean currents and predict weather phenomena, leading some to wonder if she's actually a witch. She uses a weapon called the Clima-Tact, later upgraded to the Perfect Clima-Tact and currently the Sorcery Clima-Tact.

Her dream is to draw a map of the world, which she was unable to realize until Luffy managed to free her and her island from the tyrannical rule of the Fishman pirate Arlong. She owes a great deal to the others and especially Luffy for this, and is often the only member of the crew other than Zoro to personally confront or remind him of the deep, gut-wrenching choices that he must face.

Her first bounty was 16,000,000 Berries. Her current bounty is 66,000,000 berries.
  • Accidental Tickle Torture: In the English dub only, screams "that tickles!" when Sanji hugs her at the conclusion of the Luffy's duel with Foxy.
  • Action Girl: Not at first, but starts growing into the role after being given her Clima Tact. After the Time Skip, she's finally a One Woman Army like the rest of the crew.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is straight-up orange in the manga, but veers toward reddish-orange in the anime. The Oda-directed Strong World and Film Z notably make it purely orange, similar to the way the former lightened Robin's skin before she became permanently light-skinned post-Time Skip.
  • Almighty Janitor: While technically her position is only the navigator, her word is law on all matters related to sailing, finance and the day-to-day management of resources, thus making her the unofficial quartermaster. At this point, even she's quite a bit stronger than her mere (now rightfully updated) 16,000,000 bounty would imply thanks to the massive and dangerous upgrades she made to her Clima Tact.
  • Anti-Hero: Starts off as not willing to kill, but fine with putting pirates in situations where they are certain to die due to her past.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Played for Laughs. With just slaps, she's one of the few characters able to render Luffy a bruised and bloody mess. Word of God says that it's because her blows are "emotionally and spiritually charged".
    • While this is usually played for laughs, it was tragically played seriously for once when she slaps Sanji after he severely beats Luffy (as a part of his Break His Heart to Save Him gambit). It was probably the first time she actually gave up on a crewmate for real. Thankfully, they do make up later though once she learns his motives (even though she still claims she'll never forgive him).
  • Art Evolution: In the anime, her eyes have been drawn lighter since the Time Skip, going from dark brown to near orange. Furthermore, her eyes were originally drawn uniformly brown, with the irises only visible when she was showing strong emotion. Now, the irises are visible at all times (though the manga still generally follows the pre-Time Skip design of "uniform brown unless emotional").
    • Like all of the women from early One Piece (such as Tashigi or Vivi), Nami became curvier and significantly more well-endowed over time as Oda's art style evolved.
  • Author Appeal: Oda is Happily Married to Chiaki Inaba, the actress who played her in the Jump Festa stage performances. Oda thinks his wife is incredibly sexy (and to be fair, she is very pretty), and as a kind of tribute to her, altered Nami's design so when she plays Nami it would show off more...and because he really enjoys seeing his wife in the more revealing outfits.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a very cute young lady, and she knows it, but she's also far from helpless. She even sometimes lampshades it.
  • Badass Bookworm: Nami is a highly skilled navigator as well as a talented cartographer, to the point where Arlong considered her skills on par with the fishmen "superiority" since they were superior to any fishman's. When Luffy destroys her room at Arlong Park, maps of both bathymetric and geographic nature were seen, indicating Nami has a wide variety of cartographic skills. She is capable of formulating advanced equations in mere minutes to predict a precise course of action, although she usually needs to write the equations down on a physical medium when formulating them. She has the innate ability to sense changes in the weather, and can even predict the appearance of supposedly unpredictable cyclones in the Grand Line, even when running a high fever. The movie Strong World also shows that she performs better than a crew of scientists with some advanced equipment in predicting the weather.
  • Badass Normal: No Devil Fruit powers, but the Clima-Tact more than makes up for it.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted. The front of her breast is clearly visible as she shows sideboob in chapter 852, while it's hard to make out (most likely on purpose due to One Piece being a Shonen Jump manga), there is a line that forms part of a nipple. The rest can't be seen part because she's filthy, and partly due to the art style
  • Bare Your Midriff: A few of her outfits sport this, but her first timeskip design is the most evident case of this. Zou is actually the first post-Time Skip arc in which she's not baring it, and she started the arc with a midriff-baring outfit before exchanging clothes with Wanda.
  • Bathing Beauty: Gets a few of these scenes occasionally.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Double-subverted. The serious damage she receives during her more intense fights does show, but as soon as the fights are over, in any of the more minor battles, and in the long run overall, her skin is absolutely flawless.
    • The most ridiculous is probably the case of her shoulder; she stabbed it repeatedly during her epic Freak-Out at Arlong Park, and it left a very large and visible scar (which you can see here, above the fan service) for the remainder of the arc. As soon as the arc was over? She got a new tattoo and her scar was nowhere to be seen. But deep stab-wound scars like that, in real life, are particularly nasty and never quite heal so completely.
      • In the manga, for some time the scar was still visible a bit under her new tatto the times she wore sleeveless shirts, but by the Whisky Peak arc it completely disappeared. Maybe Oda thought it was too much of a hassle to draw.
    • Averted as far as Wild Takes go: she has the most out of anyone, and the goofiest. Being the Only Sane Man will do that to you.
  • Berserk Button: Simply put, don't try to piss Nami off.
    • Do not spend money without consulting her first.
    • Do not steal anything from her, especially if she stole it first.
    • Don't call her a witch.
    • Don't insult her good looks.
    • Never hurt her tangerine trees.
    • Don't argue with her.
    • Hurting kids is a quick way to get on Nami's permanent shit list.
  • Black Magician Girl: Nami has all the trimmings of this due to her Clima-Tact: she's the weakest of the crew in a physical fight, but she's able to control weather effects as though they're magic spells being cast from a staff (with lightning being her specialty, although she's more than proficient with heat, wind, cold, water, sea clouds, and illusory techniques as well). Some of her opponents have even referred to her as a witch in response to her fighting style.
  • Blow You Away: Since she can control the weather with her Clima-Tact, she can use this to attack. It's how she defeated Miss Doublefinger.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: When she claims to be a crossdressing man to get Zombie!Lola off her case, she uses Bon Clay's "Not joking around!"
  • Brick Joke: Zoro still owes her money for that time he borrowed some from her in Loguetown to buy some new katana.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the rare female versions, not to mention one of the biggest ever. She's more so known as that one chick who blows up at her crew mates idiocy, and a greedy pirate girl, but whenever something goes wrong, (which is all the damn time,) she'd be no better than Usopp. Best exemplified in the Thriller Bark Arc, where after Enies Lobby is all said and done, you would think that nothing could faze her. Cue the ghosts and zombies.
    • As of the Time Skip, this seems to be flipped: When her doppelgänger pointed a gun at her head, she didn't even flinch. Yes, Nami the greedy red head, pulled a Stoic. That goes thrown right out the window as soon as Luffy starts doing his usual antics because she doesn't have to put on a brave face anymore (and Nami didn't fear Chocolat one bit for pretending to be her and was actually rather annoyed), but Nami can still stare daggers when the moment counts.
  • Call-Back: Nami gets a déjà vu when she and Luffy manage to get out of Big Mom's book prison by burning it, which burns them and their clothes. It's a call back to Little Garden, where the same happened to get out of Mr. 3's Candle Set. Prior to burning down their restraints, Luffy and Zoro respectively tried to get out of it by sacrificing their limbs. Fortunately, the one thing these incidents don't share is a deadly kestia bite (a tick only found in prehistoric locations like Little Garden, not Totto Land)- at least Chopper is on the crew now in case that does happen again.
  • Can't Catch Up: Usopp somewhat fixes this problem for her. She's not quite as strong as her crewmates, but she's got a respectable record, taking out Miss Doublefinger from Baroque Works and Kalifa from CP9.
    • When Nami and Sanji get body-swapped in Punk Hazard, Sanji worries about using hers to perform his Black Leg techniques because her body isn't toned for physical combat. Subverted when it turns out that she is strong enough to use several of the techniques though.
  • Cat Fight: Gets into these all the time, but her fight with Kalifa in which Nami herself is scantily clad and getting rubbed all over by the just-as-buxom, fishnet-fond Kalifa using her "Slippery wet soap powers" takes the cake.
  • Celibate Heroine: Her reason to not want to marry Absalom is (other than he's a creepy pervert) that she is way too young to get married and would rather go on adventures for the time being. Also, while she regularly flirts with others to get what she wants, she is one of the three crew members (along with Luffy and Zoro) to never show unambiguous attraction to anyone.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Initially played straight with Nami's greed and distrust of pirates. In the Arlong Park Arc, we find out her hometown was taken over by pirates and she struck a deal with the leader to buy back the town from him if she gathered enough money. Ultimately subverted, when this arc was over, Nami is still obsessed with money and treasure. Even in the flashback to Nami's past, she was stealing things before Arlong showed up. It likely has more to do with her poor background.
  • Character Development: After the two year timeskip, she does not over-react, scold, or hit the crew as often for their rash actions anymore, like when she decides to take part in activities such as demanding money when the crew holds Ryugu Kingdom "hostage". In fact she now appears quite calm in the most daunting of situations, most notably when Fake Nami held a gun to her head, implying she has become fairly confident in her abilities.
  • Character Tics: Playfully sticking her tongue out at someone she's robbed or just somehow screwed over. It also shows up fairly often in official artwork and merchandise.
  • Child Prodigy: Nami was able to draw impressive maps by the time she was only ten.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Nami definitely qualifies — First, she is a master thief, being able to steal items off of her victims without them noticing. Second, her Animal Motifs is a cat, the animal most associated with being sneaky like a thief. And thirdly, her main nickname is "Cat Burglar" Nami.
  • Combat Stilettos: She's most often seen wearing high-heeled sandals, though she doesn't fight physically.
  • Confusion Fu: One of the Clima-tact's abilities is to create several fake Nami illusions. It also makes her look like any one of them, meaning it's not a good idea to rely on the fact that they all look different from her.
  • The Consigliere: While all the Straw Hats can fill this role for the very dense Luffy, Nami is the one who most often directs him in the right direction with her advice and insight (especially in regards to navigation. Whether or not he actually follows that advice is really up to his mood, however, which is why Nami tries to avoid letting him in on making decisions that would cause the crew problems.)
  • Cool Sword: One of her new techniques is to create a wind sword.
  • Cowardly Lion: Less than Chopper and Usopp, but she does not have the fear immunity that the rest of the crew have. This is justified out of pragmatism than anything else, since she is completely untrained in physical combat. After the Time Skip, this is now no longer the case, as noted when her doppelgänger pointed a gun at her head, and she didn't even flinch. She's been going strong ever since.
    • She's physically stronger than she gives herself credit for too. While her stamina is low, Sanji had no problems knocking out several of Caesar's thugs and a large shark with his usual kicks while stuck in Nami's body from a "Freaky Friday" Flip.
  • Cry Cute: Despite the quite massive Jerkass Façade she puts on for the first half of the Arlong arc, it's next to impossible not to gain sympathy with her when she breaks down crying due to Arlong's betrayal. She also has several moments in the Water 7/Enies Lobby arc, especially regarding Usopp.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Twice in canon. The first was in the Water 7 arc, when she didn't fight at all. The second was in the Enies Lobby arc, where she more than proved her worth as an Action Girl. Her battle outfit in Film Z has one as well, though in that case it's partially justified: since she was turned into a kid, her outfit is child-sized, and thus looked a lot shorter when she returned to normal.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Nami had one of the worst upbringings. Her parents were killed in a war when she was a baby, and she and another girl, Nojiko, were de facto adopted by Bellemere, a wild child-turned-Marine, who brought them home. When Nami was 10, Bellemere was murdered by Arlong when she used all the money she had to pay for the lives of her children instead of herself (she didn't even have to, since they weren't registered). She was then conscripted into Arlong's pirates for her mapmaking skills, then dicked around for a 100-million-beri bounty on the town's freedom that Arlong never intended to allow her to pay.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The special "Episode of Nami" TV Special that aired between episodes 560 and 561. A retelling of the Arlong Park Arc. Actually post Time Skip Nami reminiscing while on their way to Fishman Island.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the Funimation dub. Luci Christian clearly enjoys making Nami as wry as possible.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, she claims to only want to work with the crew to accomplish her goals, and maintains that for a little while before she eventually betrays them to steal their money. But by that time, she had grown so comfortable with them that she didn't want to leave; even her own sister remarked that it had been a long time since she had seen Nami so emotional.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to Oda, she hates orangeades (chocolate-coated oranges) and prefers the actual fruit.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She beats her crewmates up very often, but never do said crewmates respond in kind. She does lessen on the beatings after the Time Skip, though.
  • Dude Magnet: Many men who are attracted to her.
    • Oda commented that she (and Robin) are considered very beautiful women In-Universe.
    • Sanji constantly flirts with her.
    • Absalom made creepy advances on her and attempted to marry her via force.
    • Sanji's two older and one younger brothers, Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji are quite smitten to Nami when they first meet her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the manga, she first appears in chapter 8. In the anime, however, she makes an appearance in the very first episode, before Luffy himself.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: When she stabbed herself in the arm to gouge out her old tattoo, it scarred up her flesh pretty badly. The new tattoo she got was not supposed to cover it up, as seen in a depiction of her in a bath during the novelization of the Loguetown Arc. However, Oda must have decided that it looked unattractive for Nami to have a visible scar, so he made it so that her new tattoo really did cover it up completely.
  • Energetic Outstanding Orange: Nami is given orange as her color code. Aside from referencing the orange fruit (which her foster mother farmed), it also signifies her youthfulness and cheerfulness.
  • Everybody Knew Already: She asked Nojiko to keep her efforts to buy her village back from Arlong a secret, even after Genzo had her banished from the village for joining Arlong Pirates, knowing that the villagers struggled to pay the tribute. It turns out that Genzo, unwilling to believe she'd join the pirates willingly, got Nojiko to tell him the truth, but decided to keep it a secret from Nami so she could run away if she was unable to go on.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As greedy as she is, she's willing to give up treasure for the sake of her friends, such as giving some of Thriller Bark's treasure to her friend Lola as a gift, or being willing to spend all the treasure to buy Caimie and set her free (unfortunately, she gets preemptively outbid).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She grows her hair out during the Time Skip.
  • Fanservice Pack: Over the course of a few hundred chapters/episodes, Nami's physique changed greatly. Her breasts have gradually increased in size, from modest B's to full-blown F's. It's enough to make you think that the story hasn't been in Comic-Book Time, but apparently she's just prone to growth spurts. At the ages of 18 and 20. Every other week of her life. And the fans rejoiced.
    • Well, technically G-cup to I-cup to J-cup, according to Word of God, but the same logic applies. (note that Japanese bra cup sizes scale differently than American ones; translated, her breast size is still absurd, but not impossible)
    • And keep in mind, this is the same universe where pathetic-looking runts (Coby) turn into outright bishonens in less than a year (albeit with training), and where ordinary-sized children grow into 22-foot-tall monstrosities (Moriah). And both are human.
    • There is also her upbringing to take into account. Under Bellemare, her life was Perpetual Poverty, with a constant struggle to get enough to eat, books on cartography being a luxury. For the eight years in Arlong's captivity, she was not fed at all, and she had to steal food from other pirates as well as valuables, with valuables taking a higher priority. Once she became a pupil of the weather mages, her nutritional needs were much better met, allowing her to realistically grow a larger bust. In addition, while with the Straw Hats Sanji is able to feed her far better than she had been before, hence her growth in the Grand Line.
  • Fiery Redhead: One of the more emotional members of the crew. "True to her looks, she's so bold!"
  • Fire/Ice/Lightning: The Clima-Tact's most basic function is to create three types of air bubbles named the Heat Ball, Cool Ball, and Thunder Ball. It used to be a slight subversion in that with the first version of the Clima-Tact, the Heat and Cool Balls were useless as attacks, and tended to be used for weather manipulation only. Once it got upgraded, the Heat and Cool Balls became strong enough to inflict damage to enemies (albeit relatively minor damage) in their base form.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The rash, thieving Foolish to Nojiko's level-headed, straight-lace Responsible.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: She wears tight clothes every now and then, but mostly in the anime, which likes to exaggerate the original designs. Take this polo shirt, for example.
  • Gainaxing: In the 7th movie, sometimes they bounce wildly when she moves very little.
    • It's also the case in the 12th movie. Though you could argue this is compensating for the fact that she spends most of the movie as a kid.
  • Greed: One of her main traits. If there's money to be made, count her in!
  • Guile Hero: "Heroine" in her case, and her usual approach; when she first meets Luffy, she calls him "Boss" to get the guys chasing her off her tail.
  • Hot Witch: Often called a witch, with her weather control capabilities and seductive nature.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: When she first got her Clima-tact, she had no idea what it would do, and spend some time doing party tricks built into it by Ussopp.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Nami doesn't trust Robin when she first joins, and calls Luffy, Chopper, and Sanji idiots for being easily swayed by Robin to allow her to join up despite her history with Crocodile. She then goes to tell Robin that she herself won't be as easily swayed as she doesn't trust her. However, as soon as Robin casually offers up a bag of gems, Nami does a complete 180 and gets easily swayed. She even called her "Sis".
    • Nami likes to charge her crewmates for ridiculous reasons, but when one of them tries to do the same to her, she runs off.
  • Iconic Outfit: 3 of them; Her very first (the white shirt and orange skirt), her Enies Lobby outfit (the infamous cuttoff brown blouse and blue skirt) and her first Time Skip outfit, the bikini top and jeans. She's also always seen wearing a Log Pose on her wrist like a watch.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Minor example with Chopper. Perhaps a combination of his young age and not being human, she doesn't seem to have any qualms with him being around while she's bathing. During her shower after the crew leave Fishman Island, she happily invites Choper to join her before zapping Sanji and Brook for peeking. In the 17th opening, Luffy, Usopp and Chopper chase a golden beetle into the bathroom where Nami is showering. The former two get beaten up and yelled at while Chopper leaves unscathed.
  • Implied Love Interest: While Word of God did state there will not be any romance in the series, it's worth noting that the baby that Luffy is holding (in a, granted non-canon, page) that represent's Oda's daughter looks like Nami.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Had one as early as the Alabasta arc, but it's much more defined after the Time Skip.
  • Jerkass Façade: Acted like this during the Arlong arc to try to prevent the Straw Hats from interfering in her business with Arlong, but it came crumbling down along with her attempts to resolve the situation herself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Emphasizing the "Jerk", at first. She can be selfish, manipulating and rude, but there's no doubt she cares about her friends. She gradually outgrows this behavior over the course of the series. By the time the Time Skip rolls around, she rarely acts this way anymore (towards her friends, at least) unless they're asking for it.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Usually the light to Robin's dark. Can be zigzagged though, as while Nami is more bubbly and girly than Robin, she is much less ladylike, and she even has her moments where she is cold and aloof while Robin shows curiosity and childish imagination.
  • Little Miss Badass: In the twelfth movie, after she was temporarily turned into a kid by Ain. She was also this when she actually was a kid; she started tricking and stealing from pirates at merely 10 years old.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: She takes advantage of that to trick some Marine soldiers into giving her info about Z.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Post-Time Skip, she now Has Rapunzel Hair and is still as girly as ever.
  • Lovable Rogue: While not a villain, Nami is known for being a thief, but she's still a lovable person.
  • Magic Staff: It even creates small-scale weather effects.
  • Mama Bear: When faced with the imprisoned children of Punk Hazard begging to be taken back to their families, the rest of the crew (Sanji in particular) remain indifferent to their plight (though Chopper and Franky did want to go back too, they considered it too reckless). Nami however, is the first to take a stand for them, and her fervor in protecting Caesar Clown's young victims eventually inspires and awakens the dormant conscience of her friends. She's also this to her friends. Considering her backstory, very understandable.
    Sanji: Hey, what the hell do you mean Nami? They're not our problem! We're not Samaritans who go around saving people!
    Nami: I know we're not! But when little kids are begging and crying for you to help them, you CAN'T just leave them and do nothing!
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "wave", and she is, after all, a navigator on a ship...
  • Meganekko: Sometimes when she's at work.
  • Meta Gal: Spends a lot of her early appearances reacting to Luffy and Zoro's inhuman abilities. Actually, almost everyone falls into this role when introduced to the wackiness of the Straw Hat Crew, but the more human members (like Nami) keep it up longer. Like most of the other characters, she now reacts to how strange the people that the Straw Hats meet are instead.
  • Money Fetish: She's such a classic case that she's the current image for that page. See Ms. Vice Girl below.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Most conventional in the world, as she's… stacked, bouncy, flirtatious, and rarely covers her stomach. After the time skip we have… bikini top, low-riding pants that expose her hips and upper crotch-lines, high heels, and much longer and free-flowing hair. Taken up to eleven in the "Glorious Island" movie tie-in; most of the focus is on Nami bouncing around in a tiny bikini, with her breasts larger than ever before. Her wardrobe seems to shrink for each story arc as she's down to the bikini top and short shorts in the Dressrosa storyline.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: She is obsessed with money and often cons other characters (including her own crewmates) out of their hard-earned cash. Despite this, her good qualities still outweigh her greed. In the Arlong Park arc, it's shown exactly why she's so fixated on getting rich. The habit doesn't exactly die after the fact, but she slowly gets better about it, at least.
  • Mundane Utility: Weather control makes a great weapon. It also makes showering anywhere a lot easier.
  • The Navigator: She's good at drawing maps, and has an innate gift to detect extremely subtle changes in the weather that foreshadow storms, making her a very valuable navigator.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Nami can hold her liquor just fine. She out-drinks fifteen people and goes on like it was nothing. She may even be better than Zoro, as she actually outdrank more than him.
    • Slightly subverted by the fact that while she did indeed drink more than Zoro when they were greeted at Whiskey Peak, beating him by two, she drank herself into a complete drunken pass-out. Zoro stopped because he never drinks himself out of his senses, but its implied that if he kept going, Nami would passout before him.
    • She actually does get a little tipsy in the Fishman Island arc, but not outright drunk.
  • Nice Girl: Post-timeskip; See Took a Level in Kindness below.
  • Nice Shoes: As a thief, she went with practical and rather plain boots, but when she put that life behind her, she traded them for a preference toward wearing glamorous-looking high-heeled sandals, a holdover from her days of wearing sandals in a tropical environment growing up, along with her adoptive mother and sister and practically the rest of the islanders. However, she'll mix it up every so often with some other fancy footwear, including boots.
  • Not So Above It All: Gets her fair share of this. She can be just as goofy as the rest of the crew.
    • She sometimes uses Luffy's off-the-wall nicknames for people, i.e. "Weird Knight" for Gan Fall and "Tra-guy" for Trafalgar Law.
    • Not to mention her Butt-Monkey status. Oda had a field day with Thriller Bark.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Her running into Luffy's arms and crying over Sanji's fate in Zou proves that the situation is serious.
    • If Nami decides to cook, she'll charge anyone who wants to eat. In the Totland Arc, when Luffy's cooking skills depletes the Straw Hats' entire food supply and blows a hole in the roof of the kitchen, she decides to cook for free so it won't happen again (because she knows the consequences of letting him have free of reign of it again), earning a Big "WHAT?!" from Luffy.
  • One Woman Army: Nami has more than earned her place as this. She was already fairly powerful, but in the climax of the Totland Arc, she and Luffy alone were able to take down half of Big Mom's personal Praetorian Guard — the only reason they even lost was due to the enemy having such superior numbers (and Charotte Galette no-selling her powers, without which she's just an athletic but overall weak human).
  • Only One Name: Although several other characters, including some of the Straw Hats, also count, she's especially notable in that she literally has only one name. Being orphaned when she was a baby, it was her adoptive mom Bellemere who named her Nami, and her surname has been lost to history, as has her birth-given name. Bellemere also had only one name, so no adoptive surname exists for her, either.
  • Only Sane Woman: Has bemoaned how their crew always seems to attract the weird ones. She actually cries tears of joy when Robin joins.
  • Out of Focus: Her dream as a child was to draw maps of all places she visited, and eventually a World Map itself; Arlong made her dream a nightmare, but when Nami parted ways with her village to join Luffy's crew, she expressed again her dream to draw maps; since then however, Nami isn't seen drawing maps of any kind – though one may assume that she's doing so off-screen, because the map-making in itself (as opposed to achieving the goal of a complete World Map) is not necessary to move the plot forward. That said, she can be seen drawing maps in anime filler multiple times, as well as some of the openings and endings.
    • She, Chopper, Sanji, 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: Nami's parents most likely were killed, since she (along with Nojiko) was on a battleground. If not, then we have a big mystery on our hands.
  • Phantom Thief: Nami can steal practically anything without anyone noticing (as seen in the Drum arc). However she prefers to brag.
  • Pirate Girl: She wasn't at all proud to work with Luffy at the start of the series due to watching a pirate kill her mother and being enslaved by that same pirate at the start of the series. Thanks to Luffy intervening, however, she now embraces her role as a pirate, as it has brought her many great friends and lots of money.
  • Protective Charm: The Vivre Card that Lola gave Nami in Thriller Bark arc turns out to be this in Totland arc. Lola says that it's actually her mother's card - that is, Big Mom's, who ate the Soul-Soul Fruit; as Vivre Cards are representations of someone's soul, Big Mom's naturally have a profound effect when it comes to the "Homies" animated by Big Mom putting people's souls into them. Namely, they don't want to attack Nami because they feel Big Mom's aura around her.
  • Proud Beauty: She's attractive, she knows it, and knows how to use it to her advantage.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: When compared to Robin, she's far more likely to raise her voice and express emotions (anger and frustration, but occasionally sorrow) or otherwise breakdown. Also, compare the visual aesthetic of the Fiery Redhead Nami to the Aloof Dark-Haired Girl Robin.
  • Sand In My Eyes: When she's captured at Weatheria and put in jail for trying to steal meteorological equipment, she reads about Ace's death in the newspaper and breaks down crying, causing her captors to freak out and release her. She quickly reveals that it was just an act, and she makes off with the equipment she stole, along with one of the meteorologists, who notes that she still hasn't stopped crying.
  • Science Hero: Meteorological science, to be exact.
  • Screaming Woman: Though it's more so because she's only one (other than Usopp) perceptive enough to realize just how bad things are, Nami's shrieks of terror are a regular occurrence.
  • Self-Harm: During the Arlong arc, after a corrupt Marine in league with Arlong "confiscates" the ransom money Nami had spent eight years collecting on his orders, Nami freaks out and starts repeatedly stabbing the Arlong tattoo on her arm with a knife, not stopping until Luffy makes her do so.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: She's given a fancy, backless dress as a thank-you present from Wanda for helping save the country of Zou. Sanji was visibly pleased with it... which, in short, helped earn him a Megaton Punch.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She isn't ashamed to show her body to others as long as they pay her afterwards.
  • She's Got Legs: Most of her outfits pre- and post-Time Skip consist of short skirts and shorts that emphasize her legs, so they're often the first thing people see. It helped that Oda's wife is Chiaki Inaba, the incredibly attractive actress who once played as Nami, so Oda based her character on her as a tribute. Her legs are Played for Laughs in the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time", where she's depicted as a school bully who would wear a Dangerously Short Skirt and charge anyone who saw her legs 100,000 belli.
  • Shock and Awe: Her Perfect Clima Tact, essentially a super-taser on a stick, can create lightning strikes and other electrical discharges under the right conditions. It has other weather related functions, as well.
    • After the Time Skip, she gets a substantial upgrade in the form of the Sorcery Clima Tact. She can now produce electricity that visually looks about as powerful as Enel's 30,000,000 volt vari, which is a huge upgrade.
  • Shouldn't You Stop Stealing?: For some time after her reason for stealing (i.e freeing her village) ceases, she still keeps her stealing habit.
  • Show Some Leg: Nami tends to use her charm to her advantage.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She brings this very trope into question during the Davy Back Fight, believing she'll be the one picked to leave the crew because of how attractive she is.
  • Sole Survivor: Along with Nojiko, who was a toddler at the time, they're the only survivors from their initial hometown after a pirate attack.
  • Squishy Wizard: While she is not gifted with superhuman speed, strength or toughness, in fact, she's probably the weakest (physically) character in the crew after Usopp, she's still manages to keep up in fights because her Climatact and all it's variations allow her a wide-variety of extremely versatile and powerful effects. She can emulate the powers of multiple Devil Fruits, and she can usually avoid getting hit by crafting illusions or just making herself invisible.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Just before the crew entered the Grand Line, Oda was asked who had the highest and lowest IQ of all the characters introduced so far; he replied that Shanks's first mate, Benn Beckman, and Nami were the smartest (in that order), but he couldn't decide which characters were the dumbest because almost every other character is an idiot or a space case.
  • Tattooed Crook: Very important to her backstory, and how. She has a black tattoo (blue in the anime) on her left shoulder, which represents tangerines and pinwheels (a homage to Bell-mère & Nojiko, and Genzo, respectively), where she used to have a tattoo for being a member of Arlong's crew.
  • The Tease: She flirts with random villains to get information or to provide a distraction. Though as the show is No Hugging, No Kissing, her flirtations are rarely more than a wink and some tame compliments of the mark.
  • Telescoping Staff: After the events of Zou, Ussop upgrades her staff with his Pop Greens, allowing it to extend to great lengths just by putting pressure on the handle.
  • Teen Genius: When we are first introduced to her, she is eighteen and knows the ins-and-outs of sailing various kinds of ships, an almost entirely instinctive knowledge of climatology and meteorology, and an incredible knack at cartography that she had been refining since she was only ten years old. Word of God states she was the third smartest character introduced in the East Blue Saga. The other two were pirates with years of experience, one being the first-mate of one of the most powerful men in the world. So yeah, she's smart.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Used this on Sanji to verbally wound him for his Fake Heel Turn in the Totto Land Arc.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Vivi's Girly Girl, though it's all relative as neither is very tomboyish or girly (Vivi's girliness came out once she returned to Alabasta).
    • Also the more passionate and headstrong of the two ladies aboard the Thousand Sunny, although her hobbies are much more girly than Robin's, which are just... ''weird''.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Nami's childhood flashback showed she was completely inept in stealing. As an adult, she is now at Kaitou-level when it comes to performing thefts.
    • Every time she gets a new Clima Tact (i.e. in Alabasta, Enies Lobby, and after the timeskip), but special mention needs to go to her after the timeskip, where she electrocutes a whole bar, takes down Fishman soldiers (who are 10 times stronger than normal humans, mind you) like they were nothing, and displays the ability to make herself invisible with mirages to steal a very important document from Fishmen on power-increasing steroids. Also, she is far less of a coward than before: for example, she doesn't even flinch when having a gun pointed against her temple.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: She used to be a shameless Classy Cat-Burglar with a visceral hatred for all pirates as a result of a very traumatic childhood where she was exploited by the pirate who killed her mother. After seeing the lengths to which Luffy goes to protect and avenge her, she learns to trust the world again.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Slowly as the series has gone on, but particularly after the timeskip. From forgiving Hatchi, to hugging Usopp and Chopper when they reunite, to even immediately forgiving Jimbei for letting Arlong loose on East Blue, she's come a pretty long way from the Jerkass Façade she started out with.
    • Not to mention, she hits her crewmates far less often after the timeskip.
    • Even before the timeskip she showed signs of this. When Robin was rescued and returned to the crew during Enies Lobby, Nami's immediate reaction was to glomp her.
  • Tragic Bigot: Downplayed. Her experience with the Arlong Pirates left her not outright racist, but with the impression that all Fishmen are violent and oppressive toward humans, which made her initially reluctant to go to Fishman Island. Then the Saboady Archipelago arc shows her that Fishmen actually suffer far more prejudice from humans than vice versa, and one of the less malevolent members of the Arlong Pirates pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Tsundere: Gets pissed at the idiotic nature of her crew despite being very close to them; completely understandable, of course.
  • Underboobs: Episode 560 conspicuously shrinks her bikini top to show them off.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where she can keep several things, depending on the situation. Oda even jokingly calls it "the hidden Nami valley"!
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Post Time Skip, until the Zou arc, her outfits almost always included a bikini top. Kin'emon initially believes that she's been stripped (not that he's really complaining).
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her knowledge of the weather and her tools have gotten her out of tight spots more than once. Note the "weak" here is only in correlation to her crew, the strongest of whom can punch an entire city into two.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her Clima Tact and later Perfect Clima Tact. Even later, the Sorcery Clima Tact. Before those she used a normal wooden quarterstaff.
  • Weather-Control Machine: Her Clima Tact, to an extent.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Quite a few of her many, many, many different outfits feature a pair of these.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She can't stand spiders or insects. When trying to get the South Bird, she understandably has an Oh, Crap! moment when she sees them.
  • Wild Take: While hers aren't as often or expressive as Usopp's, there's only two situations that make her do this - 1) when she's scared, and 2) when her crewmates are being idiots.
  • Wingding Eyes: Whenever anything related to cash is mentioned.
  • Women Are Wiser: Along with Robin, she often has to express common sense since few of her male crewmembers, especially her captain Luffy, possess it. On the other hand, Nami has her own blind spots (such as the promise of wealth) and has to be reeled in by the others in turn.
  • You Are Not Alone: Upon learning Arlong backstabbed her and stole her fortune she would have used to buy her village's freedom, she starts crying and begs Luffy for help. He simply puts his hat on her head and moves Zoro, Sanji, and Usopp to attack Arlong for making her cry.

    "The King of Snipers"/"God" Usopp 
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"I am the Great Captain Usopp!"

"The captain is a man who can change lies into the truth!!"

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (JP), Sonny Strait (EN, Funi), Jason Griffith (EN, 4Kids) , Aldo Lugo (Latin American Spanish), Pepe Carabias (SP)

Usopp serves as the crew's sharpshooter, and previously served as the (barely competent) repairman for the Going Merry. He had a reputation on his home island of being a serial liar who claimed that pirates were attacking, which came back to haunt him when pirates actually attacked. He's a rather boastful seventeen/nineteen year-old who likes to tell tall tales (several of which actually are or do come true, after a fashion), though he's more prone to hiding behind the stronger crew members like Zoro when he gets into a fight. However, when push comes to shove he is very dependable. He specializes in the use of a slingshot, called the Galaxy Slingshot (Ginga Pachinko), which he replaced with the Kabuto and later the Black Kabuto.

His dream is to better himself and become a brave warrior like his father Yasopp, who serves alongside Shanks, Luffy's idol. According to Word of God, he is the physically-weakest member of the crew, and his worries about not being able to keep up with the stronger members, with the resulting inner turmoil from that, put him at odds with Luffy during one story arc, and ultimately resulted in the creation of an alter ego dubbed Sogeking (a pun on "Sogeki" (Sniping) and "King", "Sniper King" in the English versions) which he uses to draw on his inner strength and courage.

His first bounty, as "Sogeking", was 30,000,000 berries. After the events of the Dressrosa Arc, the government finally recognized Usopp himself by name and gave him his current bounty of 200,000,000 berries. In addition, he was given a new official epithet to go with his real name: "God" Usopp.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In the CP9 saga.
  • Abnormal Ammo: It was one thing to be shooting hot sauce and gas bombs, among other things. Now he's shooting seeds which instantly grow into man-eating plants.
    • After traumatizing her with a Wild Take earlier, he defeats Sugar a second time by shooting a bizarre capsule like contraption that opens up to reveal a drawing of himself doing a recreation of the aforementioned Wild Take, doing no actual damage but causing her to faint again. The capsule in question even included time deployed rocket boosters on it, somehow.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Water 7 and Enies Lobby, as a result of Luffy changing ships and feeling that he'll always lag behind the others.
  • All Up to You: During the Dressrosa arc, he's the only one left who can defeat Sugar and break the spell on all the humans-turned-toys. Unfortunately, that much pressure causes him to run away but their repeating his lies of his greatness forces him to go back, admit the truth, and then try his damnedest to win against Sugar. He does.
    • This is sort of Usopp's thing, actually, as he frequently comes in clutch to save the day when it's least expected.
  • Answers to the Name of God: While on Dressrosa he gains the title of "God Usopp". Later, it becomes his real title when the marines recognize him by this name.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: One look at his nose should tell you he's a liar.
    • A long nose is also evocative of the tengu, mythological creatures notorious for being boastful.
  • Aura Vision: His "Observation Haki" allows him to see people's auras.
  • Audience Surrogate: According to Word of God, this is why he will always be designated as the weakest of the crew as his power level makes him relatively close to a real person. He tends to reflect how a real person might act and fight if placed in the One Piece
  • Badass Beard: He grows a goatee during the Time Skip.
  • Badass Boast:
    • "I am the great Captain Usopp! I have destroyed entire islands with my 8000 followers!" Come the Dressrosa Arc, he did destroy an island... a False Utopia created with Sugar's toy powers and maintained by Doflamingo and his pirates, with 8000 Tontatta dwarves supporting him.
    • Now in the manga: "It's true, I've deteriorated... I used to lie a lot more... NOW I CAN ACTUALLY DO THOSE THINGS!" Hell yeah.
    • Hilariously subverted in chapter 695: "I'll take on any enemy with their back to us."
    • Right before sniping from halfway across Dressrosa to save Luffy and Law from Sugar's Ret Gone powers: "I'm the sniper; support is glory! Unnoticed by others, I shoot down the enemy to protect my friends!"
  • Badass Bookworm: His creative engineering has resulted in the creation of both the Clima-Tact and Kabuto. He also appears to have some knowledge concerning chemistry, being solely responsible for manufacturing the highly innovative slingshot pellets, or "stars", that he uses for ammunition.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have the superpowers of Luffy or the super strength of Zoro and Sanji, but he's still capable of challenging opponents much stronger than him... when he gathers the courage to do so, that is.
    • He's also got perhaps the highest pain tolerance of the entire crew, which really says a lot. He remained conscious after his battle in Alabasta which included every single bone in his body breaking. Comes up again in Strong World where the Big Bad wipes out the whole crew by crushing them in stone and leaving them all unconscious...except Ussop.
    • It's implied that after the Time Skip, confronting fearsome opponents is less of a problem for him now. You know, comparatively. It takes a much higher level of threat to scare him than it used to, even relative to the higher levels of threat the crew is actually facing now, and sometimes he's quicker to overcome his fear.
  • Bad Liar: Alternates between this and Consummate Liar. Everyone knows when he's lying and their only reaction is either with a snarky remark or comical hit to Usopp's head.
  • Becoming the Boast: Post-Time Skip. In Dressrosa, Usopp takes out a key officer of the Doflamingo Family not once but twice. One so vital to their enemy's plan that she was guarded night and day by an Elite Officer. The first time he does it through luck. But the second? He snipes her from the other side of a country with a bullet designed to target her mental trauma. "Sniper King" indeed.
    • It's also a running theme for him. When he was introduced, he'd frequently tell lies and stories to frighten enemies, amaze children, and entertain his friend. After going on adventures with the Straw Hats, he'd keep finding strange situations that he'd completely made up like a monstrously huge gold fish and over time each one of his stories began to be something he'd be able to retell as truth. With the above The result of taking out Sugar means he'd in one fell swoop liberated Dofamingo's entire slave force, exposed the true nature of his rule over the country, and gained the devotion and admiration of every slave that benefited. In other words, he "brought a country to its knees with his army of thousands of followers".
  • Big Damn Heroes: To himself with his own alter ego.
    • Sogeking saving Robin while she was on the brink of the Gates of Justice certainly counts.
    • In Dressrosa, he saves Robin from being stripped naked by gnomes... off-screen. Yeah, that's right! When the gnomes are about to take her clothes, they immediately stop as one of gnomes tells them to stop. The reason: Usopp lied to them that he is their hero and he mentioned that Robin is his friend. Usopp himself doesn't even appear in that chapter.
  • Bond Breaker: The entire argument and fight between himself and Luffy over leaving or keeping a heavily-damaged Merry. Why do you count him here? The entire debacle happened before we found out that Merry was sentient.
    • Sort of. Usopp did see the Klabautermann before this, though he was only vaguely aware of what it meant.
  • Brainy Brunette: Despite being a constant liar and Lovable Coward, Usopp has proven to be a brilliant inventor and adequate battle tactician.
  • Brats with Slingshots: As a 17 year old kid, Usopp's personal weapon of choice was a simple slingshot rather than the guns most other snipers use. Despite being seemingly mundane, it's a very dangerous and effective weapon in his hands. Even after several upgrades (including utilizing a sling-staff) and a Timeskip, Usopp will still fall back on the classic slingshot when he needs to.
  • Butt-Monkey: Every now and then. A Running Gag seems to feature him refusing to go into a dangerous place out of fear, or getting himself in the most dangerous situations either by accident or by his crewmates.
  • Calling Your Attacks: While everyone in the series does this, Usopp occasionally exploits this trope by deliberately miscalling his attacks.
  • Can't Catch Up: Part of the reason he temporarily leaves the crew in one pre-Time Skip arc.
  • The Cape: Sogeking is a parodied-yet-straight example. On one hand, his first action as Sogeking is to volunteer his services because the Straw Hat-Franky Family alliance was trying to rescue a Damsel in Distress. His Sogeking persona is likewise more heroic and professional, and yes, he wears a cape. On the other hand, he takes this persona on because he can't swallow his pride and help as "Usopp, former Straw Hat", his former crewmates think he's nuts (except for Luffy and Chopper who were respectively too oblivious and too childish to realize Sogeking was Usopp), and the theme song is played for cheesiness.
  • Character Development: Usopp grows in confidence and loses alot of his cowardice.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Sogeking.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite being a Lovable Coward, Usopp attracts women at parties.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: A subtler example than most. The best example of this is when he, Zoro, and Brook are trapped in a suspended cage in Ryugu Palace and Brook explains his newfound ability to extend his soul over long distances. He also explains that his soul can travel through solid objects, including walls, to which he begins to have a small nosebleed, indicating that he used this ability to peep on girls over the duration of the timeskip. Usopp begins crying to Zoro, stating that Brook was, "making him jealous." The "chivalrous" part also comes in when he sees Nami naked and politely thanks her.
  • Confusion Fu: Mixes a bit of this into his fighting style, including calling the wrong attack names and randomly attacking his opponents with a Rubber Band Of Doom. Psyching his opponent out is an important part of his fighting style, as when he beats Perona by convincing her he can lift a 10-ton hammer (an inflatable balloon which explodes on impact – by which time she has fainted) and taking out an opponent with one blow from his "5-ton hammer" before that – two frying pans and a stick wrapped in foil.
  • Consummate Liar: Alternates between this and Bad Liar. Usopp never leaves a chance to tell a big lie about himself. This gets deconstructed in his character introduction when he tries to warn Kaya about Kuro. He begins to gradually stop doing this after some Character Development.
  • Covert Pervert: While not as bad as Sanji, Usopp shows a subtle perverted side.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's usually the first Straw Hat to turn around and haul ass when something dangerous is going on. It's only when he's in his element (and far away from the battle site) does he provide useful aid for his friends. But once the fights end and his bravado wears off, he's normal Usopp once more. He's slowly overcoming this after the Time Skip.
  • The Cracker: The gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time" depicts him as a school delinquent hacker who plans to hack into the world's Denden Mushi system for presumably nefarious reasons.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His fight with Luffy shows us what Usopp can really pull off with a little prep time and prior knowledge of his opponent.
    • Then, he made a hundred ways to apologize to him. Spent days doing that. In the end, none of them were of any use, but intention is what matters.
    • His boast during his fight with Daruma indicates that he has improved his ability to put together Crazy-Prepared-style battle strategies on the fly.
      • Heck, even before that — even before the timeskip — his fight with Perona was an excellent showcase of just how fast he can come up with plans once he knows what he's dealing with.
  • Crying Wolf: Comes back to bite him in the ass in his introduction arc when pirates really do come to his island.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Usopp's dad, Yasopp, left him and his mother, Banchina, behind to become a pirate (though with her consent). His mother fell ill shortly after. He started telling lies about his dad returning to cheer his mom up, but she died anyway. He kept lying as a protective mechanism, which turned him into an outcast routinely chased by his neighbors in the village he grew up in.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even Usopp has his moments, particularly when paired with Luffy.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to Oda, he hates mushrooms due to getting food poisoning from eating them once.
  • Drop the Hammer: The few attacks that don't involve his slingshots seem to be this; a slight subversion in that two of his hammers are anything but deadly. Although both of them seem to have some sort of psychological effect on the target.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • The French manga has him renamed "Pipo" (a word for "lie") to keep the Meaningful Name.
    • The Funimation dub and Viz manga change his alter ego's name from Sogeking to "Sniper King".
    • The German anime and manga renamed him Lysop, a reference to the word "lie" (Lüge).
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As of chapter 758, Usopp now has Observation Haki.
  • Enhanced Archaic Weapon: The Kabuto slingshot incorporates a breath dial that serves to increase the shot velocity and to add a spin on the projectile for better stability. The Kuro Kabuto/Black Kabuto is a Living Weapon, incorporating a carnivorous plant called the Chomping Grass into its structure, which Usopp has trained to gather rubble for use as ammunition. It can also be used to launch multi-stage rockets.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero:
    • His tall tales eventually gained him this status in Skypiea, where cover stories show a "Rubber Band Land" (as he'd claimed he'd destroyed the Giant Jack with his "Usopp Rubber Band") featuring a statue of himself looking not unlike Shandian hero Calgara. A running gag is that more and more of his lies come true as the series goes on.
    • Sogeking also counts.
      "On the Sniper Island, I was born. A hundred shots, a hundred hits! Lu lu lala lu Even a mouse's eye, lock on! Even your heart, lock on! The man who came from the Sniper Island lululu lala lu Run away! Sogesogesoge Sogeking!"
    • It's gotten even more ludicrous as the Dressrosa arc continues as he is dubbed "God Usopp", the roof of the weapons factory collapsing is perceived to be his miracle by the gladiator convicts, and Doflamingo issues the highest bounty to him out of the twelve that have been a massive hindrance to his plans for "defeating" Sugar alone. Bartolomeo was squeeing at being in the presence of "Sogeking": the man who set the World Government flag aflame.
  • Fantastic Flora: Some of the Pop Green plants are quite strange, such as a plant that has a bouncy bubble on it and a wolf-shaped bushes, the bulbs of which release shock waves.
  • Foil: To Luffy. He and Luffy are around the same age and were inspired by the same pirate crew each with their own idol(Shanks with Luffy, Yassop with Ussop). While they get along quite well, their underlying dispositions are quite the opposite; Luffy is a fearless pirate captain with absurd strength, while Usopp aspires to be a great pirate captain but is often hampered by his cowardice and weakness. Luffy is a barehanded fighter who often fights close range while Usopp is a long ranged fighter who prefers to be in the shadows.
  • Foreshadowing: His lies and (totally untrue) Badass Boasts turn into this after the Time Skip. Remember the "destroying islands with 8000 followers" boast? That came true in the Dressrosa arc, where he gains the support of the Tontatta kingdom, and destroys Doflamingo's grip over Dressrosa and the False Utopia he was maintaining on its people through Sugar (the first time was a complete accident).
  • Fragile Speedster: An odd case. He's a living double-subversion; he's not exactly super fast and not exactly fragile. He does run very fast, but more on par with a real-life Olympic sprinter than the superhumanly fast Monster Trio and Brook. He also will go down with a few hard hits, which is deemed "fragile" in the One Piece world... but considering those blows come from people who can punch holes in concrete, he's really not that fragile either.
  • Friend to All Children: While all the crew is friendly to kids, Usopp is the most openly helpful, giving advice and offering aid publicly, while the other main defender of children, Zoro, cloaks his in a stern, emotionless facade.
  • Friendly Target: Suffered through this during the Water 7 arc.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His main contribution to the crew. He notably made and upgrades his and Nami's weapons.
  • Gag Nose: A distinguishing feature and helps liken him to Pinocchio, also famous for lies.
  • Gonk: A downplayed example. Usopp's bug eyes, long nose and large lips make him distinctly cartoonish-looking, which is especially noticeable when compared to the other "ordinary" men on the crew Zoro and Sanji, who are both drawn to be very handsome.
  • Green Thumb: After the Time Skip, he's able to fire off Pop Green seeds which immediately sprout things ranging from man-eating plants, to seaweed, to bamboo spears.
  • Heavy Voice: Has one after gaining weight on the Bowin Islands. He loses the voice when he burns off the weight and then some though, gaining quite a lot of pure muscle over those 2 years.
  • Hero Worship: He idolized his father Yasopp, even after his father left the family to become a pirate. Usopp later has a similar idolism towards the Giant Warrior Race of Elbaf.
  • Hope Spot: When Doflamingo initiated Birdcage, Usopp expresses relief that he wasn't one of the targets... except Doflamingo was saving the best for last: he ranked Usopp as the highest target of them all.
  • Iconic Outfit: His original brown overalls with the bandanna and goggles as well as his first Time Skip outfit, the baggy yellow overalls.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • He's able to take out soldiers several hundred yards away while standing on the roof of a building that's a good couple hundred feet tall. While it was very windy. With a goddamn slingshot/staff thing. Notably, the soldiers he's shooting at point out that even if they were able to aim reliably at this distance, their rifles couldn't shoot that far.
    • And now he topped that by sniping Doflamingo's key ally Sugar from one country away. With another goddamn slingshot/staff thing! King of Snipers indeed...
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He often alternates between bragging and being either cowardly (when played for laughs) or deeply insecure in his skills (when it isn't). This has lessened with Character Development during and after the Water 7 arc.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: One of his defining traits and an essential part of his Overshadowed by Awesome neurosis. He's good at quite a bit, but there's a crew member that's better at it (except sniping). He can cook and has a decent sense of strategy (look at what he did in his fight with Luffy), but Sanji is the supreme chef and a genius tactician. He's shown some talent for stealth and deception, but Nami is a master thief and people actually believe her lies. He's an inventor and shipwright, but Franky rebuilt himself into a cyborg and created a Cool Ship with a Wave Motion Gun. He's competent at medical care (he's usually assisting in operation and the like) and a versatile fighter, but Chopper is a super doctor and has a devil fruit that allows him to do almost anything in a fight. And he's (surprisingly) physically resilient and has shown a good deal of charisma, but Luffy is made of Heroic Spirit and has warmed the hearts of people who have wanted him dead. Overall, he's the weakest fighter of the group, and when it comes to being one of the smart/crafty guys. Even his gift at ranged combat is unfortunate, as he lives in a world where Annoying Arrows seem to be the rule, and every fight of importance is resolved face to face.
    • At the same time, he's a useful member because of this trope, considering how, at any point, when a crew member needs help, he is almost always the crew member to go to. With the above in mind, even though everyone is better at a certain thing than him, that doesn't mean he's bad at any of the above: on the contrary, he's quite skilled. The weakest crew member status is only really there because he doesn't specialize in one fighting style that isn't sniping. Otherwise, why the hell do you think he has Haki?
      • In terms of trades, he takes up every role that isn't already occupied by a specialist. A short list would include designing the Straw Hats' skull-and-crossbones and painting it on the Going Merry, creating various weapons and ammo (including mastering some very esoteric technologies to do so), creating functional diving bells out of crap that was lying around the ship, cutting the crew's hair (along with Robin), fishing (along with Luffy and Chopper), cooking (apparently he's the best male cook in the crew besides Sanji), amateur carpentry, and that's all on top of his dedicated role of manning the cannons.
  • Kiddie Kid: Usopp was introduced as a 17-year-old young man who spent his time hanging out with a bunch of 8 year olds and told outrageous lies for no real reason other than the fun of it (and, due to Parental Abandonment, as psychological defense). Part of his character development is him turning from this into a true man like his father.
  • Lamarck Was Right: His new badassery (despite being the weakest of the crew) actually makes sense when you consider his pedigree. His dad Yasopp is the sniper of an Emperor's crew.
  • Large Ham: He gets a little theatrical when boasting, but it's when he's being Sogeking that he really begins to ham it up.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Sogeking. Also, other Straw Hats have fought Luffy, but because of some misunderstanding or starting out as a villain. Usopp is the only one who has ever challenged Luffy to a duel – and taught him the seriousness of being a captain in the process.
  • Lovable Coward: In Chapter 695, he says this:
    Usopp: "Leave all wounded enemies with their backs to us to me!"
  • Like Father, Like Son: An infamous sniper working for an infamous captain. Sounds like his old man Yasopp.
  • Made of Iron: Being the weakest doesn't stop him from getting beaten up just as bad as the Monster Trio. Sometimes even worse. But that usually doesn't stop him.
  • Magnetic Hero: It's strange, but there have been a number of times when the Straw Hats would've been screwed without Usopp showing up with new allies. His "8000 followers" boast might actually come true one day.
    • He turned Oimo and Kashi against the Marines at Enies Lobby in the nick of time.
    • In Dressrosa, he leads an army of dwarves.
    • After saving the toys, they change back to their original forms and they worship him like Jesus (not the Burgess guy). And they follow his command.
  • Man Child: Not to the extent of Luffy (because who possibly could match Luffy as a Man Child anyway?), but he's still this after the Timeskip (before then, he qualifies as more of a Kiddie Kid). Aside from Chopper and the aforementioned Luffy, he's the one most likely to be seen goofing around, playing silly pranks, and getting excited over boyish things like robots despite almost being in his 20's.
  • Mask of Confidence: How Sogeking works. Even better, Sogeking wears a literal mask.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Uso" in Usopp means "Liar" or "Lie" in Japanese, and we all know what a (good or bad) liar he is. In a hilariously awesome twist, his constant lies end up becoming truth, especially after the time skip.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In his introduction chapter.
  • Never Bareheaded: He always has some kind of headgear on.
  • Nice Guy: In spite of his cowardly nature, Usopp is a sentimental and fun-loving guy who would do anything for his friends.
  • Nice Hat: After the timeskip, Usopp begins wearing a yellowish hat. He also wore one in the pre-timeskip movie Baron Omatsuri And The Secret Island, which was nice enough to make DJ Kappa want to steal it for his own.
  • Nightmare Face: In the Dressrosa arc, Sugar feeds him a grape covered in Tatabasco sauce that was actually meant for her. It made Usopp do such a horrific Wild Take that Sugar was scared into unconsciousness, which rendered her toy powers useless, allowing everyone to remember and breaking Doflamingo's hold over Dressrosa. It's later weaponized by Usopp himself, by using a projectile bearing his earlier Nightmare Face to exploit Sugar's new fear of anything with long noses in order to save Luffy and Law from being turned into toys.
  • No-Sell: He's completely immune to Perona's Negative Hollow because he's a natural pessimist.
  • Oh Me Accents Slipping: While under his Sogeking guise in the anime, his "heroic" voice tends to go away when he's surprised or otherwise distracted.
  • Only Sane Man: At times when Luffy's around, though he's equally willing (or not willing) to join in on the silly antics.
  • 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.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Word of God pegs him as the guy who will always be the weakest of the crew. Lampshaded when he says he can't keep up with the rest of the crew's "monster" strengths during the Water 7 arc.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Sogeking. Only Luffy and Chopper failed to realize that it was actually him, and his bottom lip can be seen when he exclaims.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: Played straight. Usopp can operate or make wondrous inventions out of anything he can put his hands on, including a cannon (which he'd never operated before), advanced fireworks, and the bizarre "Dials" of Skypiea (which he could never even have seen or researched).
  • Punny Name: It's a cross between "uso", the Japanese word for lie, and "Aesop".
  • Running Gag: The "Rubber Band of Doom" attack, consisting of Usopp simply flicking a rubber band at the enemy. Whenever Usopp gets in a long string of attacks, expect the Rubber Band of Doom attack to show up right in the middle.
    • Where is Sniper Island? It's in your heart.
    • All of Usopp's lies and stories actually happen for real at one point or another.
    • Pre-Time Skip, due to his cowardly nature, he would be the first to do a Wild Take and try to haul ass whenever danger rears its ugly head. He doesn't do it as much anymore due to Character Development on his part.
  • The Reliable One: Usopp is the Lovable Coward, Miles Gloriosus, and weakest member of the crew. So why is he this? He lost a duel with Luffy and had to leave the crew at Water 7. However, when Usopp hears that Robin offered herself to the Marines, he immediately joins the rest of the Straw Hats to take back Robin, in disguise. He's saved Robin from death or worse twice. The first time was at Enies Lobby, when no one else was able to - the second time being in Dressrosa after he had lost all memory of her and didn't even know she needed saving. While doing that he also kickstarted a full-scale revolution by breaking a Devil Fruit curse on thousands of people. And with Luffy unaware of Doflamingo's most dangerous subordinate, he did it all on his own. There's a reason why Doflamingo, one of the most cunning and calculating pirates in the world, gives Usopp a higher bounty than Luffy, Law, or Sabo.
  • Spanner in the Works: To Doflamingo in the Dressrosa arc. Usopp took out a key member of the Doflamingo family by scaring her into unconsciousness. The kicker is that said key member, Sugar, has the power to Ret Gone people by turning them into living toys, which has the side effect of erasing the memories of anyone related to her targets. Doflamino heavily relies on Sugar to maintain his False Utopia. When Sugar is knocked out, all of Doflamingo's plans fall apart. When bounties of the Straw Hats were posted in Dressrosa, Usopp's was five hundred million.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Has this dynamic whenever he's paired up in scenes with Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, or others like them. Downplayed, however. He's not that "sensitive" as much as he is simply practical and cautious; he more so comes off this way when contrasted to the Monster Trio's hyper-masculinity and fearlessness.
  • Sinister Shades: He wears a pair of sunglasses in the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time", where he's depicted as a teenaged hacker trying to hack the world's Denden Mushi system.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A Running Gag of his to haul ass while things are getting good, and has done so at least once an arc. When he comes back though, he makes it count. Saving Robin before Spandam can take her through the Gates of Justice and beating Choo during the fight against Arlong's crew are just a few examples.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: When he lies, he speaks of himself as a Marty Stu. Only Chopper ever believes him, though.
  • The Smart Guy: He looks like a ditz and occasionally acts like it, but he's come up with some decent plans and tricks to use in battle over the years. During their duel, he even discovered ways to bypass Luffy's innate rubber defense.
  • Spider-Sense: Awakened his Observation Haki during a stressful situation on Dressrosa where he had to blindly snipe the enemy from miles away or doom the whole mission. Impressively, his very first use was good enough to see the target clearly through a wall from several miles away and get the perfect shot.
  • The Starscream: Parodied. He constantly refers to himself as the captain, but actually feels Undying Loyalty towards Luffy.
  • The Storyteller: He frequently tells stories, and his name is a reference to Aesop. There's actually a Running Gag throughout the series of Usopp's stories actually coming true.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like a combination of his mother and father's traits. Yasopp even looked like his son when he was younger, down to the black hair (before he dyed it blonde).
  • Super Speed: While it's not really super-human in itself, he's still a very fast runner. By fast, I mean "being as fast as a Pacifista while carrying Zoro".
  • Team Normal: Along with Nami. Causes some self-worth issues at one point, but he eventually gets over it and becomes an ever-increasingly Badass Normal.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He tends to fight some of the trickier enemies, ones where even Luffy and the Monster Trio's usual fighting style and demeanor would be unsuited for. Some examples include Miss Goldenweek, Perona, and Sugar.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Again, Sogeking. Post-timeskip, he has broader shoulders, large biceps, and more muscles in general. He still runs away when he is scared, but this time he attacks back, even when he faces creatures.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Downplayed. During the Dressrosa Arc, his Observation Haki was activated during a very stressful situation, trying to save both Law and Luffy from being turned into toys by Sugar, while also dealing with greedy townspeople out for the ridiculously high bounty Doflamingo put on him. It was a "life or death" situation for both his crew and everyone living on the island. He had been concentrating on making his shot so hard that he activated his Haki.
  • Trick Bullet: All of his ammunition. Some produce gas or dangerous plants after being fired.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Ended up here at the beginning of the Skypiea saga. Drowning, then falling, might do that to somebody.
  • Voice Changeling: He has a talent for mimicking other people's voices perfectly.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Post Time Skip.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Physically the weakest of the crew (Word of God says he always will be, no matter what), but he's able to come out on top through a wide array of tools, gadgets and clever tactics. At this point, "weakest of the crew" just means he couldn't beat them in a straight-up fight... which is the one thing he wouldn't do anyway.
    • The best example of this for Sogeking would be sniping soldiers on top of the tower at Enies Lobby... where the wind was against him and not even guns can fire accurately. At a range guns can't even reach!
    • An even better example is how the guy actually held his own against Luffy, the inhuman powerhouse, for a respectable amount of time in their duel using only his intimate knowledge of his captain's fighting techniques and one day to get Crazy-Prepared.
    • His tools and gadgets now include summoning man-eating plants. Not to mention he's actually pretty buff now.
    • Later, Usopp picked up on Haki, or more specifically, Observational Haki.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • A slingshot; he upgrades to the Kabuto, a slingshot/staff hybrid.
    • His Black Kabuto turns out to be a Living Weapon, it can change into a carnivorous plant called Chomping Grass that can eat things and spit them back out.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Weaponized by him against his fight with Perona, where he used her crippling fear of cockroaches to defeat her. In the Dressrosa Arc, after (accidentally) scaring Sugar into developing a fear of long noses, he's inspired to shoot a projectile that was designed after his Nightmare Face from their previous encounter, to save Luffy and Law from being turned into toys.
  • Wild Take: While exaggerated expressions are a common staple in One Piece, Usopp is usually the first one to react whenever something crazy is going on. It's weaponized in the Dressrosa arc, where being fed a super spicy grape turns Usopp's usual Wild Take into a Nightmare Face so horrific that Sugar, who can Ret Gone people by turning them into toys, is scared into unconsciousness, turning everyone back to normal and breaking Doflamingo's hold over Dressrosa. Usopp later exploits this to save Luffy and Law from being turned into toys by firing a projectile at her that heavily resembles his spicy grape-induced Wild Take.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being a durable and tricky fighter, sometimes he is defeated relatively easily to show the massive power gap that only the Monster Trio or the stronger crew members can take on. Examples include Mr. 2 Bon Clay, the Franky Family, Jyabura, and Trebol.
  • Would Hit a Girl: It's not an issue for him - actually, the fact that he often ends up fighting female enemies (especially young, harmless-looking ones who are actually quite dangerous) is approaching a Running Gag. It's also a Running Gag, however, that while he is perfectly willing to hit female enemies, he ends up defeating them without hitting them. Miss Merry Christmas was defeated by her own dimwitted partner who mistook her for Usopp thanks to some smoke, but his most recent tactic is apparently scaring the opponent to unconsciousness, as seen with Perona and Sugar.

    "Black Leg" Vinsmoke Sanji 
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"The Marines may not be concerned with me right now, but soon I, Black Leg Sanji, will be the most infamous of all!"

Child Voice: Ikue Otani (JP), Christine Auten (EN, Funi), Veronica Taylor (EN, 4Kids), Diana Torres (SP)
Adult Voice: Hiroaki Hirata (JP); Eric Vale (EN, Funi), David Moo (EN, 4Kids); Noe Velasquez (Latin American Spanish); Alfredo Martínez (SP)

Sanji is the crew's chain-smoking, nineteen/twenty-one-year-old chef. There is not a dish he cannot cook, a pretty girl he will not try to woo, or something he will not argue with Zoro over. As a chef, he believes that he cannot afford to harm his hands, and so uses a fighting style which uses only his feet called the "Black Leg Style" (Kuroashi no Waza). He and Zoro argue and fight so regularly that it almost borders on Foe Yay.

His dream is to find a legendary patch of sea called All Blue, where one can find species of fish from all over the world. His mentor, former-pirate-turned-restaurant-owner Zeff, is one he shares his dreams with, and Sanji worked under him as a way to pay Zeff back for saving his life when the two were stuck on a rock with barely any food when Sanji was a child.

Sanji has also shown some Butt-Monkey tendencies lately, as he's become the butt of an ever-increasing list of jokes, including a ugly, poorly drawn bounty poster that no one has any trouble identifying him with, a man who resembles said bounty poster coming for revenge, and most recently, Kuma blasting him to an island filled with, of all things, drag queens, leading him to declare that he is in Hell. While there, he learns of a special recipe to make the consumer stronger and trains with the 99 Newkama Kenpo masters.

His first bounty was 77,000,000 Berries. He was, however, frequently unrecognized since his old wanted poster was a poorly-drawn composite sketch. His current bounty is 177,000,000 berries, and he has finally gained an actual picture for his poster (albeit a goofy take of him with his typical "heart" eyes). Oddly, he is wanted alive, unlike the other Straw Hats and every other known criminal (who are all "dead or alive").

It is revealed that Sanji is the fourth child of the Vinsmoke family, an infamous family of rulers-killers who once conquered North Blue. His father, Judge, had Sanji retrieved in order to marry him off to one of Big Mom's daughters in order to form a political alliance.
  • AB Negative: It turns out Sanji has a rare blood type. This becomes extremely problematic when the Nosebleed after Nosebleed he'd been suffering and had been Played for Laughs after being exposed to real women again caused him to go through all of Chopper's stock of that specific type. As a result, when a mermaid tries to keep him hidden by stuffing him into Marshmallow Heaven, he has such an epic gusher that it becomes life-threatening. Further complicating the situation was the issue that due to some latent racism between humans and merfolks, those who had the blood type refused to donate either out of discrimination or fear of the enforcers of the regime.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The Viz translation of the manga takes his regular attack names (one-word French cooking terms, for the most part), and adds a second word, usually alliterative with the first, to them, resulting in names like "Trompine Treader" and "Mouton Mallet".
  • Adorkable:
    • You wouldn't guess it from his usual suave and collected persona, but he has a lot of moments where his fan-boyish like devotion to Nami can come off as this. See here. By extension, he also has these moments with other women too, such as Viola.
    • His relationship with Pudding even after her revelation is very cute and awkward.
  • All According to Plan: He's the tactical mastermind of the crew and all of his plans work out the way he wants them to. But the most notable incident still is his Mr. Prince shtick in the Alabasta arc, complete with him saying those exact words while smiling deviously.
    • Enies Lobby deserves special mention as well. Sanji disappeared from the fight, only to reveal later that not only did he rig the aiming of the cannons of several warships to miss the Going-Merry, but he also closed the Doors of Justice to create whirlpools that would make the larger ships stand still, but allow their tinier ship to escape. Given his due with Luffy's exclaim of "ARE YOU A GENIUS?"
  • Almighty Janitor: At least at first. During the Alabasta Arc, he went around kicking ass without even being recognized as a Straw Hat. He wasn't as well known as even Usopp at that point, but he's still in the top three fighters of the crew. It still kinda applies, as despite being Zoro and Luffy's equal in fighting ability, Sanji still doesn't have the third highest bounty of the crew; that would be Usopp (originally, it was Robin). And his skill as a spy and saboteur would no doubt also merit him a higher bounty, if not the fact that he's so good at such things that the World Government hasn't found out about those skills yet.
    • Not to mention that the photo for his bounty poster wasn't even him, but a badly drawn picture that barely resembles him, meaning he was the hardest member to identify. That has changed after the time-skip, as someone finally got a solid picture of him (even if he is depicted going love-nuts in it).
  • Always Save the Girl: In classic chivalrous fashion. If a woman is in danger, Sanji will drop everything and save her immediately. Examples include running in the opposite direction of his goal to save the Marine woman Tashigi and deserting a rather important mission on Dressrosa to assist the Femme Fatale Viola.
    • He quickly runs into conflict with his brother Niji over this, as he steps in to protect a helpless chef that Niji was about to abuse. And when he does brutally beat her behind Sanji's back, Sanji immediately sets out to avenge her.
  • Always Second Best: It's a bit of a subtle running gag that he's always just one step behind Zoro in every area (excluding such obvious things as cooking, leg strength, or directional sense of course). He's got the second deepest voice in the crew behind Zoro, he's one centimeter shorter than Zoro, he's always a little behind him strength wise, he always fights somebody who's a little weaker than Zoro's opponent, and his bounty is well below Zoro's despite the similar threat they pose. It pops up in other ways too, such as how he woke up just after Zoro did after Kuma attacked on Thriller Bark. Zoro himself, of course, mocks Sanji every time he bests him.
  • Always V Sexy: Once it was revealed that Sanji's last name is Vinsmoke, this trope applies.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sanji is this to his two older brothers Ichiji and Niji. Not because there's anything actually wrong with Sanji mind you, but because both of them are massive Jerkasses with an utter Lack of Empathy (no thanks to Judge) who think that his noble, heroic qualities are irritating.
  • Arranged Marriage: To the thirty-fifth daughter of the Charlotte family, Pudding. Their wedding is supposed to be the centerpiece of one of Big Mom's tea parties, and the whole situation is courtesy of his father and Big Mom forming a political alliance. He's not too happy about it, though he still ends up love-struck by his beautiful bride to be when he actually sees her (as you might expect). Things go even more sour, though, when it turns out that Pudding is actually a Broken Bird with a sadistic streak and the engagement is a sham- the real purpose is to murder him along with his entire family.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In Chapter 864, after failing to kill Sanji the first time thanks to some unexpected compliments, Pudding tries again, insisting that her murderous, sadistic self is her "true" personality unlike the sweet girl Sanji had seen, and rants that she has deceived many people before Sanji in the past. Sanji responds by asking Pudding if she happened to be one of those people, which, although it doesn't make her back down right away, noticeably shocks Pudding into hesitating even more.
  • Art Evolution: A very subtle version; Sanji's face wasn't quite as round when he first came back from the Timeskip compared to later on.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Outclasses three would-be assassins in the span of a few seconds. First, he causes his fake fiancee to have a Villainous Breakdown on the altar right before she tries to shoot him by calling her supposedly horrifying Third Eye beautiful. Then, after she fails, he dodges the priest's point-blank gunshot attempt- or at least he would have had the cold-sniping Seer Charlotte Katakuri not foreseen this and intervened. Instead, Katakuri tries to kill him by flicking a jellybean through his head before this can happen... but Sanji dodges that as well and Katakuri ends up killing the priest instead.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Despite the above Almighty Janitor and below Badass instances, Sanji will likely lose his train of thought if a pretty woman comes into his focus. One instance on the Punk Hazard arc is him chasing to help Nami and Robin but stops when he sees Monet. Not only does he stop, but the Marines who are following him stop as well to comment on how beautiful she is.
  • Badass Baritone: When he's not fawning over women, his voice is the deepest in the crew after Zoro's.
  • Badass Beard: He sports one after the Time Skip.
  • Badass Family: Despite him having cut his ties with them and thus no longer considering them to be his family (and vice-versa, at least in the case of his father and brothers), he is a biological member of the infamous Vinsmoke family, a royal family of underworld "killers", all of whom who have been shown to be badass in their own right, something that "Black Leg" Sanji, member of the Straw Hat Pirates, in-crew member of the Straw Hat's "Monster Trio", and tactical genius, can also lay claim to.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Quite spiffy looking with that blue/orange pinstripe shirt and classic black suit.
  • Badass Normal: Not normal by our standards, but he's the only Straw Hat to not use either a Devil Fruit or a weapon, so he's literally just going with the rest of the crew and fighting with just his own two feet. Despite this, he's one of the three strongest members of the crew.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Well, it's technically Bare Footed Monk. He never uses his hands in battle because he needs them undamaged to cook.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He is always annoyed with his lack of recognition, especially since his Wanted poster looked like Duval, and desires to be the most infamous pirate in the world. It's later revealed that he is the missing third son of the criminal Vinsmoke family, a royal family of assassins, thus making him a prince by birthright and just a few steps in political power below the World Nobles. The Vinsmoke family also consisted of people who constantly abused and bullied him for being weak as a child, which later caused him to run away and become a pirate. Looks like your wish finally came true, Sanji.
  • Being Good Sucks: No matter how much he hates his family, who are evil warmongers, mock him as a failure and keep his Parental Substitute hostage, Sanji can't leave them to their fate to get killed by Big Mom. Sanji doesn't view them as family, but he will try to save them nonetheless, because he is too compassionate to just run away.
  • Belated Backstory: For the longest time, Sanji was just Sanji, much like Nami is just Nami, and the fandom began to think the author had nothing up his sleeve beyond that- he was Sanji, and that was it. No one really expected anything more past that because his initial backstory was deceptively intricate enough as is, but two thing burned at people's minds- he was the only Straw Hat without a personal death under his belt, and he revealed he was not native to the East Blue. Turns out he's kept mum about his surname Vinsmoke and all the bad memories associated with it, because his own father specifically told him never to mention them ever again, and indeed, it included the memory of a late mother dying for his sake. It just took a certain interest in his familiar background to open the can of worms.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Never insult his culinary skills or steal his dream of eating the Clear-Clear Fruit (''Suke Suke no Mi''). Never suggest that he is incapable of protecting people.
    • Wasting food is the one thing that has made him angry enough to use his fists against someone. Do not do it anywhere near him.
    • Harming a woman or even attempting to harm a woman in any capacity is an easy way to get Sanji to kick your ass quickly.'
    • Don't mention his surname, and/or assume he wants to use it. It will bring out the very worst in him.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Let's face it, no remotely important characters in One Piece are remotely realistic, as far as their abilities are concerned.
    • But who else goes as far as to perform plastic surgery in the middle of battle by rapidly kicking their opponent in the face?
    • But who else ignites their feet for a special attack without getting burned, while underwater?
    • Not to mention running faster than the speed of water pressure.
    • While not unheard of, flying in One Piece is a very exceptional skill to have.
    • His nosebleeds can actually run Chopper out of his spare blood stock for Sanji's type. Chopper, by the way, also takes care of ZORO after fights.
  • Big Damn Heroes: "Mr. Prince", followed later by "The Hunter".
    • Saving Nami, Chopper and Brook from Doflamingo.
    • Saving Nami, Chopper and Brook AGAIN, this time from being trapped in Capone's body.
  • Bishōnen: A masculine example, though it gets slightly downplayed after he grows out his facial hair during the Time Skip with the transition from the thin teenage stubble to a full goatee.
    • Zoro calls him "Idiot Lovely".
    • Firetank Pirates member Gotti angrily calls Sanji "pretty boy".
    • When meeting Sanji's older sister, Brook goes heart-eyed twice and says "So pretty." Shortly after Luffy sees her face and asks "Sanji?!"
  • Blue Blood: He hails from a bloodline which once ruled all of the North Blue, though he renounced his involvement with his family early in life.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Sanji's main color scheme is blue.
  • Bond One-Liner: Has a habit of giving these after winning major fights.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Platonic example; in Chapter 843, he turns down Luffy's attempts to bring him back from Totto Land because his abusive family blackmailed him into marrying Pudding, and if he defied his purpose, his loved ones (especially Zeff) will be killed. Luffy was not happy about this, to put it mildly.
  • Brick Joke: One that took a very long time, and was almost not certainly planned to be this: in Alabasta, Sanji gives the name "Mr. Prince" to Crocodile as his alias. Two in-series years, and over a decade of real-life time, later, we find out that he actually is a blood-born prince of the Vinsmoke family, the rulers of Germa Kingdom and an infamous group of Underworld assassins.
  • Broken Tears: Once, after he beats Luffy up and puts on a Jerkass Façade to make the Straw Hats leave Whole Cake Island. And once more, when he sees Pudding laughing at how easily she tricked him, how stupid she finds him and how she is looking forward to see his reaction right before she kills him.
  • Brooklyn Rage: In the 4Kids dub, and only the 4Kids dub, Sanji was given a thick Brooklyn accent and an angry disposition.
  • Butt-Monkey: Aside from Luffy, he's the Straw Hat most likely to be the butt of some joke or run into misfortune; he consistently is beaten up by Nami, rejected by most women, ends up in strange situations, and his quirks and mannerisms are sometimes jokingly mocked by the other Straw Hats when he's not present (aside from Zoro, who of course, will do it to his face).
  • Burning with Anger: As a Running Gag he bursts into flames when he's sufficiently enraged. Chopper even says "Awesome! He exploded!" at one point during one such instance. After the Time Skip, he's weaponized it.
  • Cain and Abel: Sanji clearly has no love for his three brothers. It's heavily implied that he fought (and defeated) the youngest, Yonji, as soon as they met up again, with Yonji sporting a disfigured face afterwards. It's later revealed that as a child, Sanji was frequently and viciously bullied by his brothers for being weak and showing compassion towards starving commoners. His older sister, Reiju, who laughed at this in public but showed compassion for him in private, is the only living family member he shows affection for.
    • Though he hates all of them, he has a particular dislike for Niji, as he specifically notes that only Niji out of all of them is actually vindictive and petty enough to brutally beat an innocent cook to spite Sanji for defending her. This act practically lowers Niji to a level that's "lower than scum" in Sanji's eyes.
    • Later justified in Chapter 852; before Sanji and his brothers were born, Judge tried to weaponize them by experimenting on them in utero and completely removing their ability to feel compassion and empathy. Their mother, Sora, intervened by taking a drug that reversed gene-altering surgeries, but died saving only Sanji. His brothers can't understand why he still has his humanity and continues to act kind towards others, because they were programmed that way.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Does it immediately upon seeing his father for the first time in at least 13 years. His dad's response is to challenge him to a fight.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The chances of him actually sleeping with anyone he's wooed are practically nonexistent. Then when the chance comes up after he is paired up with Charlotte Pudding, one of Big Mom's daughters, he turns it down, to the shock of his crewmates.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "Crap" as a prefix (e.g. his nickname for Zeff, "Kuso Jijii", means "Shitty Old Man"). It's almost a tic, since he uses it when describing non-crappy things, like 'dates' with Nami. This pisses her off enormously.
    • ~MELLORINE!!!~ note 
      • For a while after the time skip: "IIIII NEEEEED LADYYYYY!"
  • Character Tics: When under extreme stress, Sanji has been shown to express anxiety by ruffling his hair and/or curling into himself as to bring his head down towards his legs. He was shown to have done the latter as a child while he was trapped on the rock with Zeff, and he did the former once while the Straw Hats were being hunted down by Kuma, but most prominently, he has done either one of or a combination of both of these tics several times throughout the Totto Land Arc, the cause of which being the extreme stress he's being put under because of his abusive family, along with their forcing of him into an arranged marriage with one of Big Mom's daughters and all of the consequences that have come of that.
  • Characterization Marches On: It's strange to think that he once (in the manga at least) almost shot Nico Robin, albeit an instinctive reaction to Vivi being threatened. What ever happened to that pistol, anyway?
    • He knows he can't hit her, so he grabbed a pistol hoping it would intimidate her. It doesn't work.
    • As for the pistol, either it was just owned by the whole crew or Nami took it or had it given to her, because at one point (at least in the anime), Nami is seen holding it while preparing to fend off a possible attack.
    • A different thing is how he used to be able to attract women. Very, very weird when you look at his more recent portrayals.
      • Actually, it may just be the main cast. Both the New Kamas and the Mermaids seem to like him a lot.
      • And now, he has actually seemingly succeeded in pulling in a dancer on Dressrosa named Violet; she's actually returning his advances!
      • It's probably just the main cast (i.e. Nami). The mermaids, minkwomen, and Viola either don't seem to mind him or even find his antics funny/cute. He did creep out the first girls he saw on Sabody Archipelago after those two years though (including Perona).
    • Sanji used to be more reserved and often always irritable, now he's not only high-strung, but he goes into goofy states of mind when involved with women. Justified, however; you try living on an island full of transvestites who think you're attractive and chase you everywhere you go while having absolutely no contact with real women for two straight years and see how you behave after that.
    • His kindness and altruism become highlighted and focused on as defining traits of his in the Tottoland Arc, to the point where his sister considers them to be the most prominent and important aspects of his personality. However, if you look at past One Piece, he wasn't quite as altruistic and forgiving in the past. Though all of this is certainly not too inconsistent with his character, there is the one egregious matter of how he was ready to abandon the innocent kids suffering under Caesar in the Punk Hazard Arc if it weren't for Nami.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Considering his legs are strong enough to casually kick away large sea monsters, he definitely qualifies.
  • Chef of Iron: Of the 'Ordinary' variety, although he names his attacks after food and cooking methods. He is capable of using cooking utensils as weapons with some proficiency, but prefers not to as they are meant for helping people, not hurting them. He NEVER uses food itself as a weapon, and others doing so is one of his Berserk Buttons.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Remember Sanji's pervy face while he goofed off with those mermaids several years back? Well, his new Wanted Poster features that exact moment (down to the fish that were in the background), and it ends up becoming a driving factor in the reemergence of his family.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His new bounty poster, the one with a legitimate picture of him reads "Alive Only" instead of the typical "Dead or Alive" hinting someone powerful doesn't want him dead.
  • The Chessmaster: Sanji isn't just a great martial artist, he's also a genius-level manipulator, able to outsmart brilliant people such as Crocodile. He also shows a habit of playing people like fiddles through the series, usually opting to sabotage or confuse enemies covertly while the rest of the crew handles more direct approaches (such as prior to the start of the Enies Lobby Arc). This is later justified after the Time Skip, where the Totto Land Arc revealed that Sanji and his siblings were all trained in military strategy since childhood so they can become brilliant Germa 66 commanders. It's a good thing he ran away and is now on the side of good, because Sanji's presence would spell "instant failure" for the villains' plans.
  • Chick Magnet: Funnily and ironically enough, even though he's a Casanova Wannabe most of the time, Sanji does tend to attract women whenever he manages to act relatively normal (i.e., not outright perverted) for more than five minutes. He's also usually popular at parties.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Sanji is this trope so much so that he refuses to harm a woman even if it would cost him his life. Do not mistreat women in his vicinity unless you want him to literally explode with rage. Zeff is the reason behind this, literally beating it into his head that he must never harm a lady or he will be a failure as a man.
  • Color Failure: When he heard Zoro saying he and Duval, whose ugly face matches the drawing from his wanted poster, are 'like two peas in a pod', he looks offended, to put it mildly.
  • Cooking Duel: Gets into a few in anime Filler. He always wins, of course.
  • Cultured Badass: He's the number one Chivalrous Pervert and Supreme Chef, who loves to wear nice-looking suits.
  • Dance Battler: Most of the Black Leg Style's kicking techniques resemble real life Capoeira moves.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sanji was born the third son of the Vinsmoke family, a family of royal assassins who once ruled the North Blue (they're trying to fix that). Before he and his (older and younger) fraternal quadruplet brothers were even born, Judge altered their DNA in utero and surgically removed their ability to feel empathy so he can turn them into the perfect killing machines. Sanji's mother, Sora, who completely disagreed with her husband's plan, secretly ate a drug that reversed gene modifications so she can protect their sons, but unfortunately she was only successful in saving Sanji while Ichiji, Yonji, and Niji have but a shred of humanity left, and died as a result of the drug's effects while Sanji was still young. When Judge discovered Sanji still remained compassionate and physically remained as strong as a normal kid, he forever deemed him a "failure" in his eyes, and let Sanji's brothers viciously bully him for most of his childhood, even telling Sanji to his face that he isn't worth raising as a Vinsmoke. His only ray of hope, after Sora died, was his sister, Reiju, who could only help him in private due to her fear of being abused as well. Judge eventually attempted to "start over" by forcing an iron mask onto Sanji and leaving him to rot in the family dungeons, while declaring him as "dead" in public; Reiju came to his rescue by freeing him, and guided him to a passing cruise ship, the Orbit, while their family was preoccupied with their conquests, telling to find people who love him and never come back home again. Judge found out, but let him go on the condition that he keep his true birthright a secret. While working as a ship's cook on the Orbit, the ship was attacked by the pirate "Red Leg" Zeff and his crew. A freak storm occurred during the attack, of which Zeff and Sanji were the only survivors, and both were marooned on an island where they experienced extreme starvation due to little resources. Because Sanji shared Zeff's dream of becoming a chef, Zeff helped him during their time on the island, even sacrificing one of his legs to feed him. Eventually they were rescued, but Sanji's horrific experiences shaped him into the man he is today.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Sanji's stylish suits are usually black with a blue (and orange, post-Time Skip) shirt.
  • Deadly Dodging: He dodges Katakuri's jellybean shot and it instantly kills the priest behind him instead.
  • Death Glare: Gives Charlotte Katakuri one after seeing a jellybean kill the wedding priest instead of him. He knows what's going on.
  • Defeat by Modesty: During his (filler) duel against the substitute "Queen" of Kamabakka, he's soon forced to resort only to weak, low kicks because his opponents keeps peeping at his bloomers when he tries to kick him. (Sanji having been forced to wear a dress to get Caroline to fight him.)
  • Defector from Decadence: Surprisingly enough, despite a pirate lifestyle being technically more decadent. Not only is he on the receiving end of That Thing Is Not My Child! from his completely abhorrent father and is the victim of horrific bullying from almost all of his siblings (except his sister Reiju), but the "family" he absolutely loathes is royalty with a complete disregard for the commoners and soldiers of their kingdom, and think using said soldiers as meat-shields, even going so far as to win a duel by stabbing at Sanji through one, is giving those soldiers an enviable honor. Even the worst pirate shown is nowhere near that depraved. Even Kuro didn't think killing his crew was a noble and righteous thing.
  • Delinquent Hair: In the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time", Sanji sports a curly pompadour that covers his left eye just like his hair did pre-Time Skip. In said gag comic, he's depicted as a chain-smoking school delinquent.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In Chapter 845, Sanji crosses this when he believes he is truly out of options in getting out of his Arranged Marriage and going back to his friends, since one misstep meant his loved ones will die. Pudding decides to call off their wedding for his sake, but Sanji persuades her not to and hugs her while calling his bride-to-be his "savior".
    • Gets hit with it even harder when Pudding turns out to be a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, as he loses the one ray of hope he had left in this situation. Though when he calls her much-hated Third Eye "beautiful", he sends her into a tearful Villainous Breakdown and leaves her unable to kill him.
  • Dirty Kid: Flashbacks to his childhood years while in Baratie (in Ch. 839) shows that he's been a perv ever since he's still a kid. Zeff repeatedly scolded him for it. The gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Family Time" even depicted him as a middle-schooler who "likes chicks" and goes to the girls' locker room while the girls are undressing to deliver Nami her things she forgot, all while sporting a lewd expression on his face.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He always loses his focus when he sees a pretty woman and he's particularly susceptible to Honey Traps. One egregious example is when he knows his "fiancee" Charlotte Pudding is really planning to kill him on the altar, but he's so attracted to her that he lets himself get sucked into her flirtations again anyway. However, despite these tendencies, he does have a degree of self-restraint when it counts, and it leads him to again slip up in regards to Pudding, with unexpected consequences.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Like Luffy and Zoro, Sanji is fast enough to dodge bullets point-blank. Even more impressively though, he can dodge Katakuri's jellybeans just as easily despite the fact that said Katakuri can see into the future and see his opponents' moves. This implies that Sanji moves too fast for Katakuri to glance into the future in time to counteract him.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to Oda, he hates the konjac root as it is not nutritious to him.
  • Double Jump: After the Time Skip, he can replicate CP9's Geppou, except he calls it "Sky Walk", and fly; that's what you get for running away from Creepy Crossdressers for two straight years.
  • Dramatic Sit-Down: He does this after the true nature behind the existence of the Germa 66 Soldiers is revealed to him. Directly beforehand, he claimed to be feeling nauseous, and directly afterwards, he has a Cigarette of Anxiety to help himself calm down, which leaves the overall impression that the weight of the information that was revealed to him left him on the verge of a panic attack.
  • Dramatic Unmask: In Chapter 845, he privately reveals to Pudding how horrible his family is by removing Reiju's facial mask, revealing a horrifically swollen and bruised face. Pudding is so shocked that she simultaneously starts crying and apologizing for inconveniencing him.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: To the point that he later develops a "damsel-in-distress" sixth sense.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Pre-timeskip, he was just a Supreme Chef who happens to be really good at kicking. But during the timeskip, he discovered Haki and Flight.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite their less than amicable relationship, he's not above saving and then teaming up with his father and brothers when surrounded by the Charlotte Family and with both parties in need of some more manpower. He does, however, silently demand that they help his friends with a glare on his face after he frees them, earning an annoyed look from Judge while his siblings comply.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Quite a few guys are attracted to him. Duval and the two Fishmen who gave him blood transfusions are a few examples.
    • Duval's slip of the tongue reveals he's got a crush on Sanji.
    • And he had the drag queens on Okama Island hitting on him and dressing him up for two years. Poor guy.
    • Also the two men on Fishman Island who gave him blood transfusions.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Knowing what is was like to nearly starve to death, Sanji will give anyone who is hungry food, be it friend or foe.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: His attack names.
  • Extremity Extremist: His legs, of course. The explanation is that, though in earlier battles he was using his hands for handstands, he needs his hands for cooking (which, coincidentally, is similar to a principle of Capoeira - "hands are a tool of creation, feet are a tool of destruction" - and he also has some capoeira-esque attacks).
  • Fakeout Makeout: With Violet/Viola. It's vague enough that it could be just a hug though.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: During his introductory arc, Don Krieg was left starving after Dracule Mihawk destroyed his fleet, and Sanji took pity on him by feeding him over everyone's protests. Krieg "thanked" him by attacking him the moment he felt satiated and declared his intent to claim the floating restaurant as his new flagship. Sanji likely knew that this would be the outcome, but having nearly starved to death himself, he wouldn't wish such a fate on anyone.
  • Fastball Special: His Armée de L'air combo moves, in which he uses his powerful legs to launch his friends in the direction of the enemy.
  • The Fettered: It's strongly implied that Sanji is more than capable of defeating his entire family, as demonstrated by his offscreen beatdown of Yonji and his battle with Judge (which Judge only won through foul play), but their threats against Zeff and his adopted family keep him from following through.
  • First-Name Basis: Makes absolutely zero mention of his surname willingly. It isn't until the Zou Arc that it gets spoken aloud for the first time- and not by him. That's because he has sworn himself to never speak the name "Vinsmoke" again by his own father's instructions and he bears an undying hatred of the family itself.
  • Flanderization: In Sanji's very first appearance, he was able to have actual conversations with women he was attracted to and attempted to woo. Now? Not so much.
    • He also went from generally suave and occasionally going gaga over women to going gaga by default and violent nosebleeds at worst after the Time Skip, though this was a result of spending two years on an island full of transvestites.
    • He's displayed some signs of Forgot Flanders Could Do That in more recent arcs however; though he still freaks out when talking to women far more than he originally ever did, he actually manages to talk like a human being long enough to leave a good impression on the mermaids, Viola, and Carrot.
  • Flash Step: One of the skills he obtained during his stay on Momoiro Island.
  • Foil:
    • To Donquixote Doflamingo.
      • Both are powerful, immaculately dressed fighters, with Sanji being a Haki user and Doffy being a Devil Fruit user, and they are both extremely talented chessmasters.
      • Sanji is a walking Spanner in the Works who ruins evil plans, while Doffy is a Manipulative Bastard who makes evil plans.
      • Sanji is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is a Princely Young Man underneath and cares about his True Companions no matter how much he argues with them, while Doffy's kind treatment of his pirate crew hides the insane, entitled, sadistic, prideful scumbag who psychologically manipulates his "family" into serving as his tools and won't hesitate to discard them when it's convenient.
      • Both are children of royalty who left their cushy lifestyles as kids - Sanji willingly ran away from home (with the help of Reiju) to escape a lifetime of abuse, while Doffy was forced to leave Mariejois by his naive father who wanted his family to live with the commoners the World Nobles lorded over. Both also have antagonistic relationships with their fathers and brothers; Judge, as well as Sanji's quadruplet brothers Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji saw him as a weak waste of space for lowering himself to feed animals and display compassion, both of which are frowned upon by the Vinsmokes, and never miss an opportunity to horrifically abuse him. Doffy hates his father for making him leave Mariejois and the perks of being a World Noble to live with "commoners", which eventually drove him to kill him, and also murdered his brother Rocinante/Corazon, who had been secretly opposing Doffy believing he was "born" evil, for siding with the Marines and feeding the Heart Heart Fruit to a then-young Law.
      • The early deaths of their biological mothers, whom they both adored became significant turning points in their lives, for different reasons - Vinsmoke Sora pulled a Mama Bear when Judge decided to weaponize her quadruplet sons in utero, by secretly ingesting a dangerous drug that reversed her husband's experiments at the cost of her own life, allowing Sanji to "live" as a normal child who would eventually grow up to be the badass we know and love. Doffy's mother, however, died in extremely squalid conditions after her husband decided to make the entire family leave Mariejois, which drove Doffy to "death" - specifically, the act of murdering his father, implied to be because had the family stayed in Mariejois, his mother's illness would have been cured by the World Nobles' advanced medicine.
      • Also, while both suffered extreme hardship as children, what prevented Sanji from becoming like Doffy is his mother's aforementioned Mama Bear that saved him from being born with utter Lack of Empathy, and that he was surrounded with people who loved him for who he was and didn't hesitate to discipline him when he misbehaved, instilling in him a strong moral compass. Doffy had no such support; his "caretakers" (his four executives) only followed him around because of his awesome display of Conquerer's Haki, and kept enabling his already bratty behavior and existing god complex on the belief that he was destined for greatness, until both traits grew to epically monstrous proportions.
    • Later, to his bride-to-be, Charlotte Pudding. Similarly in the example with Doffy, Sanji's Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality contrasts Pudding's Nice Guy mask that hides the sadistic, homicidal insanity underneath. Both were horrifically abused by their own families for having undesirable traits - the Vinsmokes looked down on Sanji for being a failed, compassionate Tykebomb while Pudding's family treated her like a monster for having a third eye. Unlike Sanji, who had the support of Reiju, his (dead) mother, and the chefs at Baratie, Pudding literally had no one to turn to, resulting in her completely snapping and becoming the monster everyone claimed her to be.
    • He could also count as a foil to Vivi Nefertari, who is also royalty - Vivi's a Wide-Eyed Idealist who grew up in a house full of love, and prefers the diplomatic way to solve conflicts. Sanji, thanks to his experiences of growing up abused and tormented for being weak and compassionate, as well as nearly starving to death twice, is under no delusions that life can be very shitty and that people die all the time.
  • Food Porn: Any scene where he's cooking and/or serving food inevitably turns into this, as demonstrated during the filler G8 Arc. Unsurprisingly, it attracts people like Luffy.
  • Fool for Love: Fool? He's a self-confessed slave to love.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Detective Loomes" (released in 2011), Sanji was depicted as a Professional Killer who's Only in It for the Money. Five years later, Sanji was revealed to be the third son of the Vinsmoke family, a group of royal assassins.
    • Sanji chooses the alias "Mr. Prince" when dealing with Crocodile; we find out much later that, biologically, he is a prince of the infamous Germa Kingdom.
    • No doubt that part of his irritation with "Iron Mask" Duval was due to Sanji having once been put in an iron mask as a form of torture by his father Judge. Combine that with Duval's resemblance to his ugly Wanted poster and it's no wonder Sanji got so mad.
    • In the Totto Land arc, after Sanji (unwillingly) reunites with his family, Charlotte Cracker tells the Sanji Retrieval Team that Sanji will accept his Arranged Marriage to Pudding and tell his friends to go away, as part of his Breaking Speech so he can get the Straw Hats to leave. This ends up coming true, more or less, in Chapter 843 when Sanji turns down Luffy's attempts to rescue him, though Cracker didn't factor in the "rejected his friends because his family blackmailed him" part.
    • Sanji mentions pre-Time Skip that he was born "up north", likely referring to the North Blue. He turns out to be right - the Vinsmokes lived there after conquering that territory for themselves.
  • For Want of a Nail: Sanji not becoming an utterly remorseless Tykebomb like his quadruplet brothers hinged on his mother's kindness. Had Sora not made the choice to sacrifice herself to save her sons after Judge experimented on them in utero, the entire Vinsmoke line would be rendered extinct by the Charlotte family, because Sanji didn't make the necessary friends and allies in order to save them.
  • Four Is Death: Played with. He's biologically the fourth child of the Vinsmokes, with his sister Reiju, and his elder quadruplet brothers Ichiji and Niji preceding him, in that order. He's also on the outs with his family so bad that his father faked Sanji's death in an attempt to throw away a "dud" and start over with a clean slate.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Sanji genuinely finds his "fiancee" Charlotte Pudding's Third Eye beautiful and tells her so on the altar even though he knows she's trying to kill him. Pudding - having been called an ugly freak by others her whole life and never hearing such a thing before- has a Villainous Breakdown at this display of immense kindness and can't go through with killing him.
  • Fur and Loathing: The "Mugiwara Theatre - Detective Loomes" gag comic has Sanjeen (Sanji), a sharply-dressed Professional Killer who wears a fur scarf and is suspected by the titular Detective Loomes (Luffy) to have killed the rich man Bronegie (Brook) for his money. He's actually innocent.
  • Genius Bruiser: Is very smart as well as strong and extremely fast.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Possibly. In one SBS Question Corner, the crew is asked what kind of season on what kind of island they like best. Sanji's reply is "I like Robin on a Nami island!"
  • Going Native: On the island of drag queens...
  • Good Is Not Nice: Downplayed. Possibly as the result of being raised by an entire crew of rowdy jerk chefs with hearts of gold, he tends to be one of the meaner or ruder crew members towards the locals the Straw Hats meet (the men only of course) or prioritize the safety of the crew over all else. He does have his heart of gold, but he does have his meaner moments. One good example would be how he was ready to abandon the kids suffering under Caesar (Granted, because he thought taking them along was too reckless) if not for Nami changing his mind.
  • Gratuitous French: Most of his attacks are cooking terms in French.
    • Which wasn't kept in the 4Kids dub, instead giving every attack a corny food pun.
    • The French attack names were reinstated for the Funimation dub.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Played for laughs when he learns about exactly where Luffy got sent by Kuma.
    • Also played for laughs is his reactions to Zoro being Always Someone Better every time he pulls off something cool or claims he's the best... only for Zoro to call bullshit.
  • Guile Hero: Pretty good at making strategies, this trait was notably seen in the Alabasta as "Mr. Prince". With the amount of taunting and misdirection that went Crocodile's way, I think it's pretty safe to say he was the closest thing to a rival Chessmaster (after Nico Robin) in that arc.
  • Had To Be Sharp: His siblings are Super Soldiers. Sanji was intended to be like them, his brothers in particular, but because his dead mother, Sora, secretly took a gene modification-reversing drug in an attempt to preserve her sons' humanity, only Sanji showed that he was not much more than a normal kid. However, his experiences on the Grand Line as a pirate had toughened him to the point that he could easily defeat Yonji.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sanji is the only Straw Hat with blonde hair and while he may be a pervert and a bit of jerk to his male crew members, he deeply cares for every single member and will lay down his life for each of them. His kindness is the trait that his sister Reiju admires most about him, as it is a constant reminder that their mother's Heroic Sacrifice to save Sanji and his brothers from becoming Judge's Tykebombs was not in vain.
  • Handsome Lech: At first, his perverted tendencies were accompanied by women actually finding him charming, but later on, his advances are always met with rejection and/or physical abuse. Seems to be going back the other way, however. Both the New Kamas and the Mermaids seem to like him a lot.
    • Likewise, he finds some success with Viola and Carrot, who exclaims to Pudding at one point that she's taken a liking to him]].
  • Harsher in Hindsight: An In-Universe example. Nearly starving to death on an island at 10 years old is bad enough by itself, but the real tragedy is that this happened after Sanji had already fled from the same fate once; that is, having been left to waste away in a dungeon by his own father at only 8 years old. It's lucky, though, that Zeff's kindness gave him a chance to survive.
    • His Chain Smoking habit seems to be a coping mechanism to deal with all the shit he went through as a little kid.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: He shuts down emotionally about halfway through the Totto Land arc upon realizing that there's essentially no way out of the situation, first deciding to forget about his aspirations with the crew to marry Pudding and then, after finding out she's no good, deciding to just let himself be killed. Thankfully, Luffy snaps him out of it with a good whack to the face, eventually.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Relatively minor example, but there have been a few instances in which the force behind his kicks has been detrimental to himself, mainly after already taking a beating.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sanji tries to pull one after Zoro offers his life for Luffy's to Kuma. "Tries" being the operative word because Zoro knocks him out before he can go through it.
    • He does another one when he sacrifices himself to save Nami, Chopper, and Brook from Capone Bege.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Sanji's childhood in Baratie was revealed to play this trope straight, with Zeff using lots of physical punishment to turn him into a Supreme Chef who Wouldn't Hit a Girl. Sanji's childhood with the Vinsmokes, however, is revealed to be a horrible, horrible aversion - the difference is that Zeff genuinely cared for Sanji behind his insults and hard hands, while Sanji's birth father Judge and his fraternal quadruplet brothers mistreated him because they only saw him as a weak waste of space.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Having nearly starved to death twice as a kid, death by starvation is a fate he literally wouldn't wish on his worst enemy; if someone is starving, he'll feed them without exception.
    • Due to a "strict upbringing" thanks to Zeff, he won't hit a girl, even to save his own life or anyone else's. Nami lampshades how stupid this is on a practical sense despite being an admirable trait.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He seemed like this back when Nami was the only girl around he could try to woo most of the time. This changed once other ladies joined the crew and it became more and more apparent he'd hit on anything with shapely hips and a nice rack (though given this series, those two criteria apply to about 95% of the post-pubescent girls the Straw Hats encounter). Nami is still the primary source of his attention, but by no means the only one.
  • Hope Spot: He proclaims that Pudding is his only "ray of hope" left after he's dragged into the mess that is the Arranged Marriage between him and her and the implications thereof. But then he overhears her conversation with Reiju, where it's revealed that Pudding has concealed her true nature the whole time - one of a cunning, sadistic (and completely broken Bitch In Sheepsclothing who plans to have him killed during the wedding.
  • Hot-Blooded: Usually when the ladies are in danger, he gets so Hot-Blooded that he actually bursts into flames for comedic effect. It's also the author's explanation for him being able to pull off Diable Jambe, breaking the laws of physics in the process. It Runs on Nonsensoleum indeed.
  • Iconic Outfit: His very first black suit with the blue shirt and tie as well as his first Time Skip suit with the orange shirt. Like Luffy, his outfit contributed to his In-Universe nickname, "Black Leg".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He once threatened Absalom by saying he'd cook him, saying that given how many animals are part of him, he'd make "decent mince-meat". (He was probably bluffing, but given how much the two hate each other, it's hard to tell.)
  • In a Single Bound: He can jump very high, best seen when he defeats Satori in the Skypeia Arc (here). He can also do a Wall Jump and, after the Timeskip, the Double Jump.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Weaponized, via his Diable Jambe technique.
    • A Post-Time Skip cover seems to imply that he went to Playing with Fire as well. Which, of course, is later confirmed for all intents and purposes.
  • Informed Attribute: His father, Judge, mentions during their fight that he taught Sanji how to sword fight as a child, wondering why he's only fighting with kicks. This is of course justified, as Sanji then tells him that he'll only use his hands for cooking, which he has mentioned before.
  • In Love with Love: Practically oozes this trope as part of his Chivalrous Pervert personality.
  • Insult to Rocks: After his brother Niji beats up a family cook to spite him for standing up for her in front of his family, Sanji is infuriated to the point where he can only bring himself to call Niji "the shit beneath [scum]."
  • Irony:
    • Before the Time Skip, Sanji always expressed annoyance over the lack of recognition that he receives, when it came to the bounties issued for the Straw Hats, especially when his own bounty was released, and it was just a poorly drawn poster of him. This is all the more funny, or just curious, when you consider that his family are world-famous assassins. Accordingly, when that information is discovered, his wanted poster has a more flattering image (at the very least, an actual photo of him), and his bounty is considered only valid if he's captured alive.
    • Flashbacks reveal Sanji was the weakest member of his family, causing him to be ostracized and abused by them. Come the present day, when he finally meets up with them again, he's strong enough to hand Yonji his ass.
    • The "Mugiwara Theatre - Detective Loomes" gag comic released in 2011 depicted Sanji as a Professional Killer who is Only in It for the Money. Not only does he hail from a family of royal assassins, he absolutely hates his family and wants nothing to do with them.
    • For all of his biologically family's insistence that their Might Makes Right beliefs makes them "proper" royals and that Sanji is a disgrace to their name, it's the gentlemanly Sanji who acts like a royal should. The irony is completely lost on them (except for Reiju). Also ironic, he's the only one of Judge's children to have inherited Judge's hair color.
    • Sanji finally getting a real picture for his Wanted Poster like he always wanted results in something he never wanted to happen, which is his family finding him.
    • Both Sanji's unique hairstyle in the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Family Time", as well as his eye-covering pompadour in "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time", turns out to be very similar to his younger fraternal quadruplet brother, Vinsmoke Yonji, who resembles him in all but hair, as well as his older brother Vinsmoke Niji. The kicker? They absolutely hate each other.
    • His father, Judge, as well as Sanji's younger and older quadruplet brothers, completely disdains acts of kindness and mistreats anyone who shows it. Sanji, The Unfavorite, would end up saving his family from being killed by the Charlotte family, all because he still couldn't bear to leave them to such a horrible fate.
  • Ironic Hell: Blasted to an island of drag queens at the end of Sabaody and forced to join in. Kuma must have a twisted sense of humor... Also see Training from Hell below.
  • I Want Them Alive: For some reason, the Marines have him registered as 'Wanted Alive' rather than 'Dead or Alive' like the other Straw Hats; his bounty of 177,000,000 is only valid if so. This might be because the Vinsmoke family are world-renowned assassins and not people you want to get on their bad side by executing one of their estranged children.
  • Jaw Drop: When his brother Yonji shows him Germa 66's secret cloning labs, Sanji responds with complete shock.
  • Jerkass Façade: Since he's being blackmailed by his family and Big Mom, he puts one on in order to get Luffy and Nami to forget about him and move on when they come to rescue him. He takes it really far too, cruelly insulting his friends nonstop and then brutally beating Luffy until he knocks him out. It actually works on Nami, who angrily disowns him, but Luffy sees right through it and makes him cry when he still refuses to turn his back on him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's often a Jerkass to the male members of the crew (The females, however...), but he still loves and respects them as friends. Despite his flaws and rough exterior, he can also be really nice to others as well. Because he nearly starved to death twice as a child, he immediately sympathizes with anyone who went through the same thing, as he thinks no one should deserve such a fate.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: He does the nosebleeds version of this trope. After spending 2 years on an island full of Transvestites, it's become rather easy to set him off.
  • Ki Attacks: Post time-skip, he has awakened Haki. He seems to specialize in the Color of Observation. He also showcases Armament Haki later on, during his fight against his father, Judge.
  • King Incognito: Sanji is revealed to be the third son of the Vinsmokes, a royal Underworld family of assassins. What this means will be further investigated, as Oda stated that post-Dressrosa arc will focus a bit more on Sanji.
    • To elaborate; Sanji is actually a really, really big deal. Not only is he rightfully a prince, but he hails from a family that has enough political pull to attend the Reverie, is feared worldwide for their brutality, can manipulate HQ Marines to do their bidding, has an Emperor interested in their services, and once ruled over the entire North Blue in the past — effectively meaning the Vinsmokes are only a step or two below the World Nobles when it comes to power. And he gave it all up. His sister Reiju scoffs at him for choosing the "poor" life as a pirate over a prince, though he's unmoved by her criticism and she probably didn't mean it.
  • Knife Nut: Sanji firmly believes that kitchen knives should not be bloodied in battle, as they are sacred instruments meant solely for the preparation of food. When fighting an opponent whose armor and weapons were made of food, though, Sanji decides that using knives to get rid of the armor would be no different from using knives to prepare a meal and displays an incredible knife-fighting style.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Despite all the horrible things his brothers and father have done to him, he still ultimately can't bring himself to just let them die and was prepared to risk his life to save them from Big Mom even though it almost certainly meant death. Thankfully, Luffy assures him that he and the crew will back him up no matter what. Also, he takes this view on deceitful women as well; no matter how evil they are or how badly they hurt him, he sticks to his values regardless and refuses to harm them- even if it means death.
  • Lack of Empathy: Invoked, and averted. Before Sanji and his (older and younger) fraternal quadruplet brothers were born, their father, Judge, attempted to weaponize them by altering their DNA and completely removing their empathy in utero so they can become the perfect Super Soldiers upon birth. Sanji's mother, Sora, tried to protect them by secretly ingesting a drug that reversed gene modification surgeries, but only succeeded in protecting Sanji, while Ichiji, Yonji, and Niji only have a tiny shred of humanity left. Unfortunately, the very fact that Sanji retained his compassion in a family that believed in Might Makes Right made him the sole target of horrific abuse and mistreatment at the hands of his brothers and father.
  • Ladykiller in Love: While he did turn down Charlotte Pudding at first, he seems to genuinely like her as a person and, if not for the terrible circumstances he's in, would probably marry her in a heartbeat. The end of chapter 845 is all about it. Too bad for him, however, she's revealed to be a bad and shattered person beneath all of her sweet talks.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Invokes a positive variant on Reiju after finding her battered and psychologically tormented by Pudding; after an entire childhood of having Reiju dress up his wounds that resulted from both Germa's Training from Hell and his brothers' No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Sanji is the one who helps Reiju heal this time by promptly calling for a doctor, who gives her the medical attention she needed.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: At a young age, Zeff constantly told and berated him that no matter what, to always be courteous to women. Unfortunately, Zeff's conditioning worked too well as Sanji was unwilling to fight back against Kalifa.
  • Lethal Chef: He used to be this as a child, with his clumsy attempts (among other things) resulting in extremely bad-tasting food. His sick mother Sora's caretaker Époni was disgusted upon sampling Sanji's dishes and wanted to throw them away, but Sora not only ate them, she praised Sanji's cooking and requested that only he cook for her from now on. Years of practice and help from Zeff at the Baratie would later turn Sanji into the present-day Supreme Chef.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: When his family meets up with Big Mom for lunch, Sanji discovers that the food in his prepared "meals" are sentient and constantly singing about how wonderful they taste, and beg him to eat them. As a Supreme Chef, this understandably freaks him out.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Of the Hard-Hitting-Speedster variation, as he's the second fastest member of the Straw Hats while his physical power is roughly the same as that of Zoro and Luffy.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Emphasize on Sex Maniac.
  • Love Can Make You Gonk: He can make some pretty strange facial expressions when he's gushing over pretty women.
    • The Yellow databook reveals that Attach, the photographer hired by the Marines to take photos of the Straw Hats for their wanted posters, was always trying to catch Sanji striking a cool pose, but every time Sanji would instead swoon over women and look ridiculous. When the guy finally got the perfect picture, he forgot to take the lens off. Eventually he got tired of it and settled with a picture of Sanji looking goofy.
  • Made of Iron: He can withstand the sea pressure 5000 meters underwater and tank massive explosions without protection, among other things. Even in his introductory arc, he fought on just fine even after getting his ribs broken.
  • Mafia Princess: Sanji is revealed to be a literal Mafia Prince due to the Vinsmoke family being an infamous group of royal Underworld assassins and military commanders with enough political clout to have Big Mom, one of the four Yonkos, to be interested in an alliance with them. He also plays it straight for extremely justified reasons.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman: When Law puts his heart in Nami's body, Sanji can't resist the urge to peep at or feel him/herself up.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Has received this twice, both times from beautiful mermaids, much to his delight.
  • Megane: Sometimes wears glasses, much to the fangirls' joy!
  • Mistaken for Gay: By a whole flock of crossdressers.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Unfortunately for straight male One Piece fans, looking for art of him on the internet will turn up pages and pages of Ho Yay and Bishonen pictures with Zoro. And unfortunately for him, none of his fan girls in real life can reach him through the computer screen.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Is this to a degree. He and his siblings were all genetically enhanced, but he was the only one not to develop any sort Charles Atlas Superpower as the result of his father's training and genetic enhancements. He was treated horribly as a result and eventually ran away.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: His torso became fairly well built after the time-skip, developing more defined abs than he previously had; but his overall physique remains very slim, with his limbs actually being just about as skinny as Nami's limbs. But, regardless, he can still send men twice his size and muscular-build flying with a single kick and launch giant monsters into the air like nothing. Interestingly, while other characters frequently notice Luffy's oddly powerful muscles, nobody seems to call Sanji out on this one.
  • Mysterious Past: For years, the story never actually directed attention to Sanji's past before the Cook Pirates incident. All that was known is that he was born in the North Blue and worked on a cruise liner (all the way in the East Blue) at age 10. Eventually, it's finally revealed that he is the third son of the Vinsmoke family, an Underworld group of royal assassins who are also commanders of the evil army Germa 66 and former rulers of the entirety of the North Blue.
  • Neck Lift: In his first appearance, he does this to Fullbody after having first beat the absolute shit out of him, the cause of which being Fullbody showing disrespect towards and wasting food. This establishes Sanji as being a highly-principled and undeniably badass but very hot-tempered person who holds the highest degree of respect for food and whose biggest pet peeve is the wasting of such. This also serves to establish that Sanji's outer persona belies the true nature of his more intricate, complex character.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: He reveals he's big on this in his fight with Absalom; about 80% of the beating he takes in that fight is a result of trying to keep the unconscious Nami out of the way of stray attacks.
  • Nerves of Steel: Despite being pulled through the ringer and suffering two Despair Event Horizons during the Totto Land Arc, Sanji pulls through, if only for the sake of his friends and the wellbeing (and well-stomach) of Luffy.
  • Nice Guy: What he is at the core, if you get past the Jerkass parts. Although very abrasive and harsh (especially towards the guys of his crew), he is very compassionate with a strong moral compass. In particular, he always finds time to help those who are starving, even if they are bad guys, because he believes no one should go through such a thing after experiencing the same thing twice. He's also quick to help the ladies and refuses to retaliate against them even in self-defense even if they're evil. It's also the reason why he's the Black Sheep of the Vinsmoke family because unlike his father and his brothers, his kindness was strongly inherited by his mother who saved him during her pregnancy when his father feeds her the drug to strip her all of her son's empathy permanently by taking the antidote which only works on Sanji successfully while it also fails to cure all of her brothers.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Sanji didn't know it, but having Duval as his Doppelgänger gave him protection from his abusive family, especially his father Judge who had been tirelessly searching for him with less than benevolent intentions in mind after Sanji ran away. Fixing Duval's face resulted in the Straw Hats gaining an ally, but that also meant Sanji's family were able to easily find him now when new bounties were posted. Imagine if Sanji was found by Judge before the Sabaody Arc happened...
  • Nice Shoes: Always wears black dress shoes, used to make his kicks even more powerful. He needs them to avoid Agony of the Feet, too, as seen in the second One Piece movie.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In an SBS in vol. 68, Oda confirmed that Sanji was modeled after Steve Buscemi as Mr. Pink from the movie Reservoir Dogs.
  • Nosebleed: It happens so much during a period of shock after being separated from women for two straight years, that he actually needed a blood transfusion.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • He would constantly get these from his older and younger fraternal quadruplet brothers as a child, due to Yonji, Ichiji, and Niji being complete assholes who see him as a weak waste of space. The only reason why he kept coming back from those beatings is his older sister Reiju's medical care.
    • He would later deliver one himself to Luffy of all people as a part of his Break His Heart to Save Him plan, since he knows that the only way to spoiler:keep the Straw Hats (and Zeff) safe from Big Mom and Germa 66 is to make sure they turn on him. And knowing how stubborn Luffy is, he attacks him at full power and beats him into a bloody mess. For his efforts though, Luffy gets back up after being briefly knocked out and declares his resolve to get him back anyway]].
  • Not Hyperbole: In the "Thriller Bark" arc, Sanji claimed that one day, he'd be the most infamous member of the Straw Hat crew. For a while, it seemed like just a delusion made up by his ego, but then, in the Zou arc, we find out he wasn't kidding as he's actually a member of the infamous Vinsmoke family.
  • Not Quite Flight: Sometime during the two-year timeskip he taught himself CP-9's Geppo, renaming it "Sky Walk".
  • Number Two: He and Zoro tend to be the voices of reason and initiative in the face of a crisis. When half of the Straw Hats stayed on Dressrosa to settle things with Doflamingo, Sanji took leadership of the other half and headed to Zou, even fighting off Big Mom's pirate crew in the process.
  • No Last Name Given: For a very long time, starting in his mid-childhood, he only went by the name Sanji. He disowned any and all connection to the surname Vinsmoke because of all the horrible memories attached to it and because his own father told him to never make mention of them again if he was indeed serious about cutting his ties for good.
  • Numerical Theme Naming:
    • Shares this with his older and younger siblings Reiju, Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji. He's "Sanji", "San" being the Japanese word for three and a reference to the order he was born in among the five of them. His name is also a pun on "three o'clock". The number three also represents social alienation - he was his family's least-favored child and was constantly abused for being weak as a kid.
    • His name could also refer to how he's the third member of the "Monster Trio" and how he always fights the third-most powerful enemy in battles.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • When Luffy points out the very harsh, but necessary truth that it's naïve to hope that all people involved in a war will survive, Nami gets angry at Luffy for being so blunt and not considering Vivi's feelings. It's extremely telling that Sanji is the one to tell Nami to shut up and not cut off Luffy. Usually, he would never show agreement with his male crewmates if he can please his female crewmates instead, but in this situation he apparently agreed with Luffy so much that he forgot his principles.
    • In the Post-Enies Lobby arc, when Zoro is completely adamant that Usopp not be allowed back into the crew until he apologizes for disrespecting their captain. When Nami protests that Zoro is being too harsh, Sanji actually speaks up for the first time to say that, to his own chagrin, Zoro is absolutely right. The fact that Sanji openly sides with Zoro over Nami says a lot about just how strongly he must have felt about the issue.
    • Luffy, Nami, Chopper, and Brook are noticeably shocked when they learned he turned down marrying Pudding, an attractive young woman, for their sakes.
    • As of Chapter 843, he turns down Luffy's attempts to rescue him from his Arranged Marriage and attacks him when he insists. Considering his Undying Loyalty to his Straw Hat friends, this is really out of character for Sanji, though it's justified due to his being blackmailed.
    • In the pre-timeskip movie Baron Omatsuri And The Secret Island, Sanji denies Zoro food just because the latter wasn't watching him fight the rival chef, when it's shown that he would never deny anyone food no matter the circumstances. It's a sign that Baron's plan to split up the Straw Hats so he can feed them to Lily was working.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Sanji gets a lot of these. Whenever one of his friends is wondering out loud where he is exactly, it's usually because he's saving the day somewhere else.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Usually calm and composed, he had an epic one when he realize who exactly are the inhabitants of Momoiro Island.
    • Seeing his eldest fraternal quadruplet brothers Ichiji and Niji for the first in years since running away caused him to tremble. Seeing how Ichiji and Niji were able to frequently overpower him during Sanji's childhood bullying, it's justified.
    • His face when he reads a marriage announcement letter that reveals his family connections says it all.
    • Judge notes that Sanji turned paler than usual after threatening to kill Zeff in order to force his compliance with his marriage to Pudding.
    • He also shows this expression when he sees Luffy coming towards him while he's being carried by Germa 66 towards Big Mom's castle. He's definitely conflicted over what to do.
  • One Head Taller: He's a head taller than Pudding, as shown when they hugged.
  • Out of Focus: He, Chopper, Nami, and Brook during the second half of the Dressrosa Arc fighting Big Mom and her crew. 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). Oda himself later acknowledged this by flipping the setup where those Straw Hats came into the forefront while the rest went on the back burner and making the next big swing in the story all about him, deeming it the "Year of Sanji".
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His left eye has always been covered by his hair, though Word of God said that it was perfectly functional under there. He's even held a pair of binoculars up to it before. Later on, he switched the bangs to the other side, revealing that both his eyebrows swirl in the same direction. It's a trait that he shares with his sister and fraternal quadruplet brothers, and inherited from his dead mother, Sora.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Both he and Pudding would be thrilled to be married to each other if it wasn't for the fact that Sanji would have to give up being on Luffy's crew, and possibly the dream of finding "All Blue."
    • This turns out to be brutally, horribly subverted though when it's revealed that her entire character was a lie. After quite the Dark and Troubled Past, Pudding became an accomplice in Big Mom's plans against the vinsmkes, willing to murder him in the wedding and follow it with his family AND friends' murders..
  • Personality Powers: He fights by kicking people, which is less barbaric than punching people, which also results in him becoming a Dance Battler, which also fits his (mostly) refined and cultured personality. Giving him fire powers was also appropriate since he is Hot-Blooded (when he isn't being The Chessmaster and a Spanner in the Works) and a Supreme Chef who wants to cook even better once he finds the All Blue. His "Sky Walk" ability, Flight represents him running away from the okamas in Momoiro Island for most of the 2 years he's there.
  • Playing with Fire: His "Diable Jambe" technique involves lighting his effing leg on FIRE, via friction, and attacking with it. Interestingly, while Oda joked that his Hot Blood is what allows him to do it, it seems to be turning into a true ability, with him bursting into flames during his anger and characters commenting on it on enough occasions to make one wonder if it was just a joke or not.
    • Confirmed to be canon in chapter 646. Sanji, in some kind of way, can actually ignite his entire body on fire by "thinking of those 2 years in hell" and then transfer that fire onto his opponent with a kick.
    • This actually makes sense (or at least as much sense as you would expect in the world of One Piece). After all, Zoro's Asura technique is made possible through the use of his fighting spirit. Who's to say Sanji can't make flames via the same principle? This power of fighting spirit is very similar to the already established power of Haki, aka Willpower.
  • Porn Stash: Apparently, he keeps tons of dirty magazines in his locker (along with a few books on seafood).
  • Pretty Boy: He's a refined, handsome man. This gets explicitly lampshaded in chapter 825, in which Gotti calls him a "pretty boy."
  • Princely Young Man: You could sort of consider him one, not to much by virtue of him thinking he's a prince, but the fact that he treats Nami and Robin like princesses and sort of thinks of himself as their knight. Later played straight (literally!) when his status as a Prince of the Germa Kingdom is revealed.
  • Punny Name: His name is a pun on the way the Japanese say "3 o'clock". However, the word Sanji can also refer to something that is a terrible, horrible accident that makes one want to avert their eyes and break out the Brain Bleach. Veeeerry appropriate. Chapter 812 reveals that he's the third son of the Vinsmoke family, adding to the puns, as Sanji can mean "third son."
    • Though it's not exactly a pun, it is a funny coincidence that a boy from the "Vin-SMOKE" family grew up to be a chain smoker.
    • "Vin" is French for "wine", which means Sanji's family name is a play-on-words that describes a certain wine flavor (smoky wine). Considering he's a Supreme Chef...
  • Raised by Dudes: He was raised primarily by men who taught him to cook and fight. Which makes his foul mouth obsession with women a bit more... understandable. The obsession with women is later revealed to be a Shared Family Quirk with the Vinsmoke family, though the foul mouth still seems to be from the chefs at Baratie.
  • Reality Ensues: Having too much Nosebleeds at once, especially in great quantity like Sanji did in the presence of mermaids, can result in severe blood depletion and the need for a transfusion.
  • Red Baron: His epithet, "Black Leg", comes from the kick-heavy fighting style Zeff taught him as well as the fact that he wears a black suit while kicking his foes to a pulp. His epithet, besides his compassion, is another thing that sets him up as the White Sheep of his family - the Vinsmokes' Germa titles are written in katakana, and all designate their choice of weapon followed by their personal color (Poison Pink, Sparking Red, Electric Blue, and Winch Green); Sanji's pirate name "Black Leg" is the reverse of the Germa naming scheme, written in kanji like the rest of the Straw Hat monikers, and also a nod to his adoptive father and mentor - "Red Leg" Zeff.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Zigzagged with Zoro. When compared to Zoro, Sanji's the Red Oni in that he is very romantic and prone to fits of poetic and flowery speech when describing the things he loves (i.e. Nami and Robin) and his ultimate fighting style relies on getting so emotional he bursts into flame. However, some of his most successful moments have been when he's kept a cool head and done something strategic instead of flying off the handle and getting into a fight (see Alabasta and Skypiea, where his machinations did more to stop the Big Bad's plans than a fight would have). Zoro on the other hand, is a stoic swordsman who usually maintains an icy calm even when fighting, but when suitably provoked he can become a Blood Knight.
    • He's also the Red Oni to his eldest brother Ichiji's Blue, though inverted with the colors (Ichiji wears red, Sanji wears blue) and downplayed as Sanji can act calm when it's required. Compared to his other brother Niji's explosive temper, though, Sanji may be the Blue Oni to Niji's Red.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: He's the third son of the Vinsmoke family, who are not only North Blue royalty, but a family of underworld assassins, making him a Mafia Prince of sorts.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to his entire family after they admonish him for defending a lowly cook, calling them out on their appalling behavior as royals.
  • The Runaway: Of the "Abused Runaway" type. Despite being automatically a prince and royalty by birthright due to being a Vinsmoke, Sanji ran away to East Blue as a child due to his family's (save for his sister Reiju and deceased mother Sora) utterly horrendous treatment of him.
  • Save the Villain: As much as he hates his father and brothers, Sanji simply can't bring himself to leave them to die at the hands of Big Mom. Luffy's perfectly fine with helping him save them though. Due to his chivalrous nature, he also saves Pudding despite her treatment of him, and tries to talk her out of villainy.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Usopp's Sensitive Guy whenever they get scenes together. However, it might come as a surprise to know he had this dynamic in childhood with his brothers as the Sensitive Guy- and they bullied him mercilessly for it. Even in present day, he comes off as this when contrasted to their complete Lack of Empathy and callousness.
  • Shared Family Quirks:
    • All of his older and younger siblings share his perverted tendencies (his quadruplet brothers ogle Nami whenever they see her, while it's gender-inverted with Sanji's sister Reiju who enjoyed giving a Kiss of Life to Luffy a little too much).
    • Also most his family members share his preference for using powerful kicks, particularly Reiju, Judge, and Niji (though the later also used punches).
    • His older quadruplet brothers Ichiji and Niji also share his cool head and temper, respectively. The difference is his brothers share a Lack of Empathy and are Royal Brats, which makes their traits less sympathetic compared to Sanji.
    • Both he and Reiju inherited their compassion from their deceased mother Sora, but this made Sanji a target for abuse from his brothers and father, while Reiju hid it with smiles.
    • Sanji's youngest quadruplet brother Yonji referred to him as a "bastard" in his debut chapter. "Bastard" is also one of Sanji's go-to insults.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: A black suit is his standard form of attire, usually only wearing more casual clothes during transitions between arcs.
  • Shoo the Dog: He attempts to leave Luffy and the Straw Hats behind while on Totto Land, given that his abusive family blackmailed him into marrying Pudding. Luffy disagreed.
  • Shoot the Hostage: He threatens to shoot Caesar Clown if Bege goes after his friends, knowing full well Bege cannot shoot him because someone wants him alive and mostly unhurt.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Yonji is a pervert like Sanji, but he lacks his chivalry. Ichiji has Sanji's cool head, but he has a Lack of Empathy, with a tendency to Kick the Dog with scathing remarks. But Niji, out of all his siblings, contrasts Sanji the most - aside from having an explosive temper, Niji is spoiled, ungrateful, unappreciative towards food, and has none of Sanji's compassion towards commoners and women.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: This is largely what Zoro is to him despite being in the same crew (similar to Buggy and Shanks' relationship when they were on Roger's ship). These two never miss an opportunity to belittle, one-up, or humiliate the other.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: To be expected, as he was raised by sailors, and inherited their colourful vocabulary (see his catchphrase above). The English anime translates this by having him swear among the most out of anyone in the crew, "bastard" being a particularly favorite word of his.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Due to FCC regulations strictly banning smoking in shows intended for children, both English dubs had to cover this up when they aired on TV. They did it by either editing his cigarette out altogether (Funimation), or by turning it into a lollipop (4Kids).
  • So Proud of You:
    • Sanji's asshole quadruplet brothers hate him for being a weak waste of space and not toeing the party line. So when Sanji decides to act like a "proper" prince towards the Straw Hats (who were trying to rescue him from an Arranged Marriage with Pudding), they laugh and smile in approval, even though they're unaware of his true reasons]].
    • On the flipside, as Chapter 852 reveals, unlike the rest of the family, Reiju has always been proud of Sanji whenever he displays acts of kindness, unlike the rest of their family, because she saw Sanji's compassion as proof that their mother's sacrifice was not in vain. In fact, seeing Sanji do so is the only time her fake smiles turn into genuine ones. The only time she expressed sad disappointment towards him is when she overhears the entire conflict mentioned in the above point.
  • Spanner in the Works: VERY frequently. His unknown at the time identity allowed him to rescue the crew from Crocodile's death trap in Alabasta, he trashed Eneru's airship long enough for Luffy to get back into the fight (and stop him from putting all his focus into destroying Skypiea), and his closing the Gates of Justice not only allowed them to escape Enies Lobby without being pursued, but significantly slowed down the pursuing marines during the chase itself.
    • In the Totto Land arc, although he loathes almost all of his Vinsmoke relatives with a passion (the feeling is mutual), Sanji's compassion drives him to save his family from Big Mom. This ends up throwing a big wrench in Big Mom's Kill 'em All wedding plans - Pudding, who was supposed to kill her groom-to-be once they reached the altar, has a Villainous Breakdown because Sanji complimented her third eye (something no one had ever done before), leaving her crying and unable to kill him as planned. Katakuri's attempts to kill Sanji with a jellybean ends up narrowly missing its target and killing the priest when Sanji bends down to try comfort Pudding, with the commotion at the altar alerting the Vinsmoke family's suspicions of Big Mom. Mass "Oh, Crap!" ensues.
  • Spider-Sense: One of the many people who've awakened the Observation Haki, which works like spider sense. Word of God claims that he specializes in this type of Haki.
  • Stealth Expert: Barring Nami, Robin, and Brook (who have abilities directly related to hiding themselves), Sanji is the sneakiest member of the Straw Hat crew. He escapes surveillance so often that it becomes a major plot point several times throughout the series.
    • In Alabasta, bounty-less Sanji was the only Straw Hat to avoid detection by Baroque Works. This proves to be instrumental in freeing Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp and Smoker from Crocodile's Bond Villain Stupidity.
    • Sanji's counterpart in Thriller Bark was the Invisible Human of the Suke-Suke fruit.
    • Sanji's mug shot isn't obtained by the World Government until the Straw Hats enter the New World, despite personally infiltrating a Cipher Pol train and fighting in Enies Lobby. Also, when he disappears during the Buster Call, it ends up being what allows the Straw Hats to escape.
    • In Totto Land, Sanji escapes the near constant surveillance of the Big Mom Pirates to secretly formulate an assassination plot on their own territory.
  • Stepford Smiler: As of chapter 848, he's of the Depressed type. Despite being completely distraught and depressed over the situation at hand himself, Sanji, in a bid to not upset Pudding any further than his situation already has, and as a coping mechanism, forces himself to assume his "usual" persona of "a cook in love". To this end, he puts up a front of being his usual girl-crazy, heart-eyed self, after having talked himself into it and having practised it alone in his room. Later in the chapter, Sanji is picking flowers while having a big smile on his face, only for his smile to get even bigger in the next panel, suggesting that he has just berated himself for not appearing as cheerful as he thinks he needs to be, and has immediately taken steps to rectify it.
  • The Strategist: Proven to be one of his defining characteristics at least twice in every arc from Alabasta on. This was the result of being trained by his biological father Judge to become a Germa 66 military commander from a very early age.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: All of his Vinsmoke siblings resemble him to some degree, bearing his trademark swirling eyebrows and Peek-a-Bangs. Reiju and Yonji in particular resemble Sanji the most, with Reiju looking like the end result if Sanji was turned into a woman, while Yonji is Sanji's splitting image (save for the hair) and has his perverted tendencies. In the case of Sanji and his brothers, it's later justified with the reveal that they're fraternal quadruplets, born on the same day, which is why they resemble each other so closely.
  • Stupid Good: A variation - he's not completely stupid (in fact, he's far from it) but thanks to nearly starving to death as a kid, Sanji has no problem feeding a starving man. Even if that starving man and his crew of equally-starving pirates are obviously planning to attack him afterwards.
    • Also, he absolutely refuses to harm women physically as a part of his chivalrous code, even if there's a serious risk they could kill him. Even Nami seems to think it's admirable, but she also points out how stupid it is in practice.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Notable considering half the Straw Hat crew have Devil Fruit powers and can't swim at all. Way back in the Arlong Arc, he held his own against a Fishman underwater, and he was down there for several minutes.
    • He has an underwater version of Sky Walk called "Blue Walk" and is said to be as fast as a fishman, which is pretty fast considering they're the third fastest swimmers in the sea.
    • When diving for Kinemon's torso, Sanji straight up mentions that he is the fastest swimmer in the crew by a lot, even without Blue Walk. Considering that Zoro remained silent when he normally calls bullshit on anything Sanji does that isn't remotely true, one can take that small piece of information as true fact. (Though he's really only comparing himself to Nami, Usopp, Zoro and Franky, everyone else just sinks, and Franky's half metal).
  • Super Reflexes: Like many characters, he has them and developed them through sheer training.
  • Super Soldier: He and his siblings were genetically enhanced in childhood by their father to become these and lead the Germa 66's armies. However, Sanji showed no signs of improvement despite his genes supposedly being successfully modified on paper, leading to him being bullied and beaten by his father and brothers.
  • Supreme Chef: Makes some of the best damn food you'll find on the Grand Line. And he joined the crew to fulfill his dream of finding some mysterious and awesome ingredients that can only be found in the All Blue, so he can cook even better. A lot of the Food Porn in the show can be contributed to him, especially in the G8 filler arc.
  • Take Me Instead: During the Thriller Bark arc, to save Luffy from Kuma, and prevent Zoro from sacrificing his life. It doesn't work, as the latter knocked him out for the exact same reason.
  • Taken for Granite: Played for Laughs. After his two years in "Hell", he is so susceptible to women's looks that just LOOKING at Hancock does this to him. Shirahoshi as well.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Tries doing it on Pudding during the tea party, casually dodging her bullets as he makes her question herself.
  • Team Chef: It's a good idea to not insult his cooking skills. He'll beat you up for it. And probably suspend your eating privileges.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Well, theme quadruplet naming, anyway. "San" and "Yon" are the Japanese words for 3 and 4 respectively, as reference to the order he and Yonji were born in. Combined with the "ji" at the end of their names, they're also puns on "three o'clock" and "four o'clock". Reiju also shares this number theme naming despite not being one of the quadruplets.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After two painful years on an island of transvestites, Sanji finally meets mermaids, and they like him. He's even able to resist nosebleeds for a while to play with them.
    • Similarly, Oda occasionally decides to spare him and let him at least touch a woman, and on two separate occasions he has had his face stuffed in into a girl's breasts. Nosebleeds ensue.
    • You can probably consider it a near miracle that his wife to be, Pudding, is actually attractive. In this case though, it becomes Yank the Dog's Chain when it turns out she's a massively broken Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who faked being in love with him.
  • Training from Hell:
    • Underwent this as a child alongside his siblings, to shape them into the super soldiers their father wanted them to be. However, Sanji failed to do any progress, despite having been genetically enhanced like his siblings.
    • Underwent another one training to be a chef in the Baratie under Zeff, which was equal parts learning how to cook as it was seeing if he could survive the kicks of the "Red Leg". Ironically, it was under this training that developed his Charles Atlas Superpower, and not the Super Soldier training with the Germa 66.
    • During his two years of training in Ironic Hell over the Time Skip Sanji has become so fast that he can now move at an absurdly fast speed UNDERWATER while maintaining his superior kicking power. He got the skill from running away from transvestites on that scary island for two full years. He also gained the skill to run on air. So, yeah, he can fly.
  • That Man Is Dead: He's made it very clear to Judge: "Vinsmoke Sanji died in the seas" and Judge is not his father.
  • Trauma Conga Line: To sum up, he was defeated by Kuma, sent on a island full of Drag Queens, is accidentally mistaken for a crossdresser by the inhabitants, chased along the whole island, forced to fight the "Queen" in dress and make up, humiliated and tricked into becoming a crossdresser himself. Thankfully, he got better.
    • The Tottoland Arc has been one long trauma line for him, starting with getting forced into an arranged marriage, beat up by his brothers, put under the threat of having his friends and parental figure Zeff murdered if he doesn't comply, and ends up slapped and disowned by his beloved Nami. Even worse is that his fiancee- who appeared to actually like him and provided a Hope Spot- is really a shattered Jerk Ass who plans on murdering him, and that her family intend to kill both his biological and adoptive family and friends anyways.
  • Tykebomb: Subverted. He and his siblings were genetically enhanced after birth and raised to be physically superior to the average human in order to lead the Germa 66's armies to their greatest victories. However, in Sanji's case, the modifications failed thanks to the drug his mother took in a desperate attempt to save him and his brothers, but the drug only worked on him for some reason. As a result, he didn't grow any stronger than your average human child.
  • Undying Loyalty: No matter how much he argues with them (especially the men), Sanji deeply treasures the Straw Hat crew and will do anything for them when push comes to shove. Not even the chance of being married to the beautiful Charlotte Pudding (who's also a Supreme Chef) and being able to live like a prince as a member of the royal Vinsmoke family is able to deter him.
  • The Unfavorite: His father and brothers see Sanji as this, due to being a compassionate weakling as a child who refused to abide by the code of Might Makes Right, to the point of inflicting constant physical abuse on him. It got to the point where his father wrote him off as dead and left him in the dungeons to rot while passing off his absence as a training-related accident, and his brothers were completely fine with it... except for his sister, who freed him and helped him run away to East Blue.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: His eyebrows twirl into two big ol' spirals on the ends; and, predictably, they are often the source of ridicule. Oddly enough though, both of his eyebrow spirals curl to the right, meaning his eyebrows are asymmetrical on his face. Which may explain why he chooses to hide one of eyes at all times with his hair. (pre-Time Skip he covered his left eye, post-Time-skip it's his right). The swirly brows seem to run in his family, to boot. It should be noted, however, that his family members' brows all swirl in the opposite direction of his.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While Sanji is still compassionate and willing to help others, he showed it more often when he was younger. His abusive family and nearly starving to death twice hardened him, unfortunately.
  • Verbal Tic: Since a young age, Sanji has a habit of saying "shit" or "shitty" when describing something. While the Japanese word for feces, "kuso", is not specifically an expletive, Sanji's manner of speech makes the term sound brash. For example, he might call a person he especially does not like a "shitty bastard" or something along those lines (such as his personal nickname for Zeff, "shitty geezer"), but he also described something pleasant to him, like being alone with Nami, as "shitty fantastic" and "the shitty best". In the FUNimation dub, this habit is downplayed to swearing that is less offensive.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He's not shy about insulting or arguing with the male Straw Hats, especially Zoro, but he's also willing to go quite far in defending them despite claiming to only care for the women.
    • And before he even joined, there was his relationship with Zeff. The two slung so many insults at each other and got in so many fights that the other cooks at Baratie were surprised to find out how much the they actually cared about each other.
  • Volleying Insults: Quite often with Zoro, as well as his surrogate father Zeff.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He refuses to harm women in any way, though he is capable of blocking their attacks. This causes near-fatal problems during the fights with Bon Clay and Kalifa. Nami even criticizes him on this trait.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • In the Thriller Bark arc, despite their rivalry, Sanji steps up and offers to sacrifice his life for Zoro when Kuma threatens to kill him.
    • Push comes to shove when his rich birth family returns to take him back, and they try wooing him with promises of "personal maidens", money, and marriage to the beautiful Charlotte Pudding. Sanji, against even his crew's expectations, refuses it all and stays absolutely set on leaving with Luffy and all of his friends.
    • Part of why Sanji was bullied by his brothers as a child was because he was willing to cook and serve food to others behind the family's backs.
  • White Sheep: Despite being a pirate, Sanji displays much more integrity and nobility than his royal family of assassins, as seen when he calls a portrait of his father conquering four North Blue kingdoms tasteless. This even stems from his childhood. Sanji was an outcast in his family because he was weaknote  and compassionate towards othersnote .
    • Sanji's White Sheep status is also reflected in his alias compared to those of his siblings. The Vinsmokes' Germa titles are written in katakana, and all designate their choice of weapon followed by their personal color (Poison Pink, Sparking Red, Electric Blue, and Winch Green); Sanji's pirate name "Black Leg" is the reverse of the Germa naming scheme, written in kanji like the rest of the Straw Hat monikers, and also a nod to his adoptive father and mentor - "Red Leg" Zeff.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?:
    • When he encountered Judge in the middle of his escape as a child, even after all the abuse he had suffered, he was still devastated to hear his father's complete apathy toward him leaving the family. However, he eventually got over it by adulthood, as he admits to himself that he feels nothing but hatred for Judge in the present day.
    • Despite overhearing Big Mom and Pudding's plans for the Vinsmokes as well as Pudding's true evil nature, Sanji is still attracted to Pudding because... well, he's Sanji. And that's later quite the plot point.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Sanji appears to have some fear or aversion to insects and spiders. During the crew's search for the South Bird, he continually backed away from the various insects in the forest to the point he was afraid to touch them.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Solely when it comes to women and nothing else; Sanji's views on the ladies are quite rose-tinted and naive, and he's prone to trusting any woman who acts nice to his face or returns his advances. He even proclaims that he would never doubt a woman's tears and is willing to forgive the lies and actions of any woman who wrongs him. Tropes Are Tools, however, so this is usually Deconstructed by being shown in a neutral light and presenting both the positive and negative outcomes of this trait of his. However, it's shown in a decidedly negative light in the Tottoland arc, where his patience is pushed to its limit as his trusting nature leads to his heart being broken in an exceedingly cruel manner by a very sadistic, manipulative woman- the likes of which he had never had to deal with before on such a personal level. However, in a true testament to his willpower, he sticks to his morals even after this; instead of showing any anger towards her, he compliments Pudding's Third Eye and still calls her beautiful, which causes her to hesitate to kill him- reconstructing the trope and proving that Sanji's chivalry can work against all odss.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Abusing women (even evil ones) in front of Sanji is a bad idea; as in an "ending up on the WRONG-side of a one-sided ass beating" bad-idea.
  • Wingding Eyes: Prone to developing "heart" eyes whenever he's swooning over a lady.
  • The Worf Effect: Really the only reason he and Vergo fought was to build up the latter's threat level.
    • Before the timeskip, Sanji is easily defeated by Ivankov to put his power in perspective.
    • The only worse offender of this than Zoro is Sanji. It happens to him once an arc, including freaking FILLER arcs. Notable examples include Eneru (couldn't even hit him once despite wearing shoes with rubber soles), Smoker (in the manga), Arlong, Blueno (after revealing Robin's intentions, Sanji had no use for holding back and still got beat), and Absalom (possibly a deconstruction, since it was really just a penguin fighting as Sanji, though the other zombies note he's quite powerful).
    • In the Dressrosa arc he suffers this from Big Bad Donquixote Doflamingo. While DD acknowledged his as being strong, Sanji seemingly did no damage with all his attacks and was immediately bested by his Parasite technique.
    • Sanji got beaten by his father during the fight with him. Downplayed in that Judge merely knocked him unconscious with his electric blast attack; Sanji's mostly unharmed otherwise.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He might have won against Gin, but the wounds he sustained while Pearl beat him up while he was unable to retaliate due to Zeff being held hostage immobilized him at a crucial moment.
    • He also presumably would have put up a better fight against Arlong (if not outright won) if he hadn't been badly injured in his previous battle.
    • His fights against Eneru and Smoker were lost causes due to their Logia powers and his inability to use Haki before the timeskip.
    • When fighting Absolam he was handicapped by having to protect Nami.
    • In his fight with Vergo, which ended in more of a draw then a defeat, he didn't use Haki or Diable Jambe aside from his initial attack.
    • He's quickly taken down by Niji in their first fight, but it should be noted that Ichiji distracted him for a second and Niji managed to sneak up on him while he was looking away, and both Niji and Ichiji threatened Red Leg's life if he dared to fight back.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He always absolutely refuses to hit a lady no matter the circumstances- even if the lady in question is evil and/or trying to kill him. His strong feelings on this stem from his mentor Zeff; Sanji originally had no problem with hitting women as a child, but when he told this to Zeff, he got a kick to the head and Zeff's stern disapproval in response. So, in addition to his love for women, Sanji also sticks to this so strictly because he doesn't want to disappoint Zeff and become a man that he wouldn't be proud of. This trait even carries onto video game adaptations, with the Pirate Warriors games in particular programming his attacks always avoid hitting and/or affecting female enemiesnote ; however, he can be made to hit a female enemy in some games, but he will apologize with each attack.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Nami usually refers to him as "Sanji-kun". In Chapter 844, after Sanji puts on a Jerkass Façade to protect both her and Luffy from being killed by his family and Big Mom, Nami (who's unaware of his true reasons) gives him an Armor-Piercing Slap and disowns him while calling him "Sanji". It's after this that Sanji sheds Broken Tears.
  • You Owe Me: While he does save his Jerkass father and brothers from certain death at the hands of the Charlotte family alongside his sister Reiju, he immediately lets them know that they're indebted to him and damn sure better pay him back, silently demanding that they save his friends after they get caught. Judge glares at him in annoyance, but Ichiji, Niji, and Yonji quickly comply without complaint and actually listen to Sanji for once.
  • You're Not My Father: Sanji understandably refuses to acknowledge his relationship with Vinsmoke Judge, since the former considers Zeff as a father.

    The Going Merry 
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"Let's go everyone...! Back to the sea of adventure again! I came to take you home!"
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

The Straw Hat Crew's first ship, a caravel-class ship designed by Merry in East Blue, which later became a gift for Kaya to give to the Straw Hats (then comprising of Luffy, Zoro, and Nami; Usopp comes with the Merry) to reward them for taking out Captain Kuro and his Black Cat Pirates. Over time, the ship came to be loved by the crew as a home and as a friend, so much so that it literally took on a life of its own and became just as much a part of the crew as any of them.


  • Animal Motifs: Sheep. Sheep are symbols of purity and loyalty, traits that Merry certainly has as a member of the Straw Hat pirates. Because she has ram horns, rams can apply as well, as they symbolize fearlessness—when it comes to helping her friends, Merry can be quite the Determinator.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Merry's Klabautermann, a ghostly manifestation of a ship's spirit that is born out of its crew's love for it. Unfortunately, a Klabautermann being seen by its crew is a sign that their ship will soon meet its doom; Merry's gets seen in the midde of the Skypeia Arc, and true to form, she is immobilized due to accumulated, terminal damage to her keel once the Straw Hats reached Water 7 at the beginning of the Enies Lobby Arc, and by the end of the arc she is finally laid to rest.
    • The special for her reveals she lives on in the form of the Klabautermann, quietly and cheerfully watching over her crew on the Thousand Sunny.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She comes all the way from Water 7 to aid the Straw Hats and co. in Enies Lobby, her timely surprise appearance allowing them to escape certain doom at the hands of the Buster Call fleet that had finally cornered them.
  • Cool Boat: Merry might not be as visually impressive as some of the other ships in the series, but she definitely fits. How many sentient pirate ships can you name?
  • Covered in Scars: It accumulates a huge amount of damage:
    • Railing sliced apart by Johnny upon attacking the ship thinking he could score bounties, who later made amends by repairing it himself.
    • Figurehead broken upon crashing into Laboon, then put back on with tin plates.
    • An explosion in the kitchen from Apis's horrible cuisine (non-canon)
    • Luffy breaks off the mast and uses it as a weapon against Laboon, again put back together with tin.
    • Wapol eating one of the sides of the ship, which was crudely repaired with wood.
    • Pierced through by Hina's attack ships, which drive giant stakes into the ship designed to sink vessels, resulting in a bunch of new tin plates to mend the damage.
    • The rudder lever once broke from the force of the water current and trying to steer it.
    • Floorboards totaled more times than one can count.
    • Leaks aplenty more times than one can count.
    • The ship being torn apart by the force of the explosion that launched it out of Ape's Concert (non-canon; used to illustrate the damage the anime failed to acknowledge, which had slowly accumulated in the manga)
    • Bow cracked open by Bellamy when he cruelly used the ship as a springboard, technically attacking a member of the crew along with the Saruyama Alliance and getting Luffy riled up to the point of facing him personally. It also rendered the ship inoperable for awhile. The alliance repaired the damage by partially rebuilding the site of the breakage with metal plates while reconfiguring the ship for flight. They also took off the patches where Wapol ate part of the ship and faithfully reconstructed it for real.
    • The newly-added chicken wings breaking off upon a harsh landing in the skies.
    • Shura burning the ship with his Heat Lance, causing severe damage to it. Repaired by the Klabauterman with tons of patch-ups here and there and had its configurations for flight taken off, but it was now nearing the end of its life.
    • The landing it made from a 30,000 foot drop, implied to have busted its keel and sealed its fate.
    • Crashing into the train tracks of the Sea Train (if the former incident ruin the keel already, this certainly did, as the place where the keel damage occurred is on the front of the ship where it ran aground on the tracks- if the damage already was there, this only served to make it worse).
    • Franky tearing off part of the ship in an attempt to dismantle it and force Usopp to acknowledge it was beyond recovery and they'd be better off trying to salvage what they could. Usopp immediately lunged at Franky and attacked him before he could do any further harm.
    • Finally breaking in half from the strain of enduring Aqua Laguna and travelling all the way out to Enies Lobby in what would be its final voyage. It was then incinerated in a Viking funeral.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Merry gets her own TV Special, the Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: She was reconfigured to look like a chicken after being made able to fly. Unfortunately, the wings broke almost immediately and the rest of the modifications apart from the braces used to repair where Bellamy trashed her were removed by the Klabautermann, who decided to return to her old look.
  • Determinator: Water 7's dreaded Aqua Laguna and a violent rainstorm didn't stop her from coming to her crew's rescue in Enies Lobby despite her physical form being barely held together by Iceburg's temporary fixes. The Buster Call fleet comprised of the Marines' most immense and armed-to-the-teeth battleships didn't even make her flinch (not that they managed to hit her in the first place). The only thing that did stop her was her keel (the ship equivalent of the human body's spine) finally giving in to all the damage it sustained over the past several arcs, causing the ship to essentially break in half. Even then, said damage didn't appear to have any effect on Merry until after the Straw Hats had another ship to carry them back to land, suggesting Merry was keeping herself seaworthy through nothing but sheer force of will.
  • Final Speech: She delivers one to the Straw Hats in order to assure them that she neither blames them for her death nor has any regrets, as she had been truly happy throughout the time she was with them.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Despite being technically a ship with a drawn smile, the happy way she talks to the Straw Hats during her Viking Funeral can make the scene be interpreted as a beloved crew member dying with no regrets, with a smile on her face.
  • I Regret Nothing: She truly doesn't regret sailing with the Straw Hats despite the tremendous crap she is subjected to as a by-product of their adventures, and tells them as much during her Viking Funeral. Her only regret, according to her, was not surviving long enough to carry her friends through more adventures.
  • Love Imbues Life: Franky explains that a ship's Klabautermann is manifested out of a crew's love for their ship, though if it's ever seen by its crew, it's a sign that the ship will soon meet its end.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: An anthropomorphic variant. It suffered a breakage to its keel, the part of the ship that is literally its backbone. When that part breaks, the ship loses its structural integrity, and the only solution is to rebuild from the ground up. Usopp refuses to believe this until Franky physically throws him into the water, where Usopp is able to see that her hull is indeed in a grave state. Eventually, it becomes painfully obvious when the Merry breaks in half from the accumulated damage to its keel, leaving it genuinely irrecoverable and the Straw Hats only one choice-to put her out of her misery.
  • Oh, Crap!: Not even she was immune to this during the end of the Skypeia arc, when the Straw Hats returned to the Blue Sea... by being dropped 30,000 feet from the White Sea. Everyone's eyeballs popped out, including hers!
  • Out of Focus: In spite of her importance, she ultimately fades into the background as the majority of a given arc will generally take place on the particular island said arc is centered on where Merry can't follow for obvious reasons, particularly since the series tends to focus on intense personal battles between powerful individual people, rather than the ship-to-ship combat of actual real-life naval warfare.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Well, if she had a face, it would have been smiling. As it is, we have to settle for her figurehead's drawn smile.
  • Reality Ensues: After all the crap Merry went through (including blasting up and then falling down 30,000 feet), she was bound to suffer irreparable damage.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The Mini Merry II is her spiritual reincarnation. This was also Usopp's initial attitude to getting a new ship to replace the Merry, as he treated her as one of their friends, and took great offense to the idea of abandoning her, especially someone built by Kaya's servant.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The damage done to her keel is drawn and shaded much like wounds would be on a person.
  • Sapient Ship: Implied at first, but then shown explicitly when she sails to Enies Lobby without a crew.
  • Tears from a Stone: Technically, it was a splash from a wave, but it happened during the climax of the fight between Luffy and Usopp, as a way to underline the tragedy the crew was facing.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Merry is the only crew-member that never complains or causes trouble and is self-sacrificing and conscientious to a fault, so of course she's the crew member who dies.
  • Undying Loyalty: The motivation for the feats described in her Big Damn Heroes and Determinator entries.
  • Viking Funeral: She is given this after she is finally broken irreparably following her Big Damn Heroes feat.
  • Wild Take: Yes, even a pirate ship in the One Piece world can do this. She was sentient enough to realize that the only way to leave Skypeia is going through a 30,000 drop, and have an appropriate reaction to this discovery.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Her cracked keel. The Galley-la shipwrights, the best in the One Piece world, tell the Straw Hats that it would be better to get a new ship. They could make a new keel for Merry, sure, but it wouldn't be the same, and nobody would feel that more than the Straw Hats. This eventually leads to Merry herself being rendered beyond repair and dying from her injuries.

Alternative Title(s): One Piece-Straw Hat Pirates East Blue

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