Characters: One Piece: Straw Hat Pirates, East Blue
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"Straw Hat" Monkey D. Luffy
"I'm gonna be King of the Pirates!"
Monkey D. Luffy is The Captain
of the Straw Hat Pirates
; your average seventeen/nineteen
-year-old Shōnen Idiot Hero
. Son of Dragon, a revolutionary considered "The Worst Criminal In the World". Grandson of Garp, a humongously powerful Marine vice-admiral who had cornered the Pirate King himself on several occasions. Wants to find One Piece and become the Pirate King
. Ate the Gum-Gum Fruitnote
at the age of seven, giving him stretching powers that he has become quite a master of. Also, after training with Silvers Rayleigh, he has mastered the 3 types of Haki
(literally "Ambition", it functions pretty much like chi).
His dream of becoming the Pirate King comes from an incident in his youth involving mountain bandits and a sea serpent that resulted in his idol Shanks losing his left arm. Before leaving Luffy's village the very next day, Shanks gave him his straw hat, telling him to give it back when he's become a great pirate.
He has a bounty of 400,000,000 Berries.note
- Acquired Poison Immunity: Because of his fight with Magellan and subsequent healing by Ivankov in Impel Down, his body was resistant against the poison given by a Fishman assassin two years later, and also Caesar Clown not long after.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
- Vivi teaches Luffy that violence isn’t always the right answer during Drum Island arc. He shows he learned his lesson when he begs help for Sanji in Fishman Island. Pose of Supplication is also seen in Impel Down, where Luffy shows his gratitude to an unconscious Bon Clay.
- The Alleged Boss:
- Luffy's the captain of the Straw Hats but usually doesn't act like it. Particularly towards the beginning of the show, he tended to follow orders more than give them, prompting several characters to point out that Nami acted more like the captain than the actual captain. However, this has been changing as the story goes on: Luffy gives orders and makes decisions for the crew a lot more often now.
- In general, Luffy has a very laissez-faire approach to captaining. Everybody on the crew does whatever they want most of the time, and later follow him when he takes action, due to him having earned their admiration and loyalty. Small requests of his can sometimes be ignored, and members of the crew (Nami) even physically abuse him sometimes.
- All-Loving Hero: Downplayed. Luffy will go to the ends of the earth to help the people he "likes"; or, in other words, people who catch his attention for some reason or another. Of course, being The Hero, it just so happens that he "likes" most of the people he encounters (generally, anybody that's not trying to kill him and quite a few that have.) But if you're someone he doesn't like, then your best bet is to run in the other direction as fast as possible.
- Always Save the Girl: He puts his friends before everything else. In fact, prior to the Time Skip, Luffy's bounty tended to rise whenever there was a crisis involving the women of the crew. He gained his initial bounty when he beat Arlong and liberated Nami from his control, had it rise when he defeated Crocodile and helped save Vivi's country, and had another rise after his rescue of Robin at Enies Lobby. Downplayed in his latest rise - the crew's encounter with Camie the mermaid is, indirectly, what caused the Straw Hats to scatter around the world and for Luffy to get the news about Ace's execution, but Luffy's motivation after that isn't for Camie. Instead, his actions over the course of that one week are to save Ace, and while the rescue isn't successful, Luffy ended up with another bounty increase – something remarkable, as three hundred million is largely considered the cap for a rookie pirate such as Luffy.
- Angst Coma: Granted, there's a large physical component of exhaustion to it as well, but it's Ace's death that sends him into white-eye gape-mouth land. It's actually so bad that Luffy doesn't even notice he's lost his prized straw hat, after it falls off him while Jimbei is rushing him to safety. This actually lasts two whole weeks for him, and when he wakes up, he flips out.
- Animal Motifs: A Monkey, duh. Although a video game once had his motif as a lion, which is also a good fit, if you think about it. Lazy as hell, eats huge quantities of meat, courageous, and he will slaughter you if you mess with someone from his group.
- At the beginning of the series, he was a criminal in name only. He was sometimes a bit rude, and beat up "good guys" who really deserved it, but that was all. Later on, his morality has caused a mild Internet Backdraft due to his certain questionable actions.
- Luffy has admitted that he doesn't want to be a hero. He'll help people if he deems that he "likes them", would rather die than leave a comrade behind, and doesn't do typical pirate things like rape and pillage, but he doesn't necessarily care what people think of him, and if the situation calls for it, he fights dirty and uses his enemies as human shields or human weapons (on one occasion) and destroys public property freely in his many battles and uses trees and buildings as weapons.
- However, he does admire heroes enormously. His reasons for not wanting to be one is among the lines of him viewing heroes as completely selfless. In which case, his refusal stems from the expectations, he, as a hero, would have to do that would bother him, i.e. sharing meat. He immediately agreed to be one after Jimbei promised he would get his meat rather than having to divide among the people. Trust me, It Makes Sense in Context.
- For the curious, the specific instance that caused many fans to believe he'd slid further down the scale was when he released half the inmates of Impel Down in his quest to save his brother, ignoring Hannyabal's and Magellan's frankly-very-good arguments as to why they should stay locked up. Of course at the time he was desperate and, as Ivankov mentions, they needed as much of a force as possible to get out of Impel Down. Especially when you're fighting your way from the bottom level to the surface with hundreds of Marines in your way.
- Still, even after the time skip, long after Ace had already died, he has yet to show any sort of guilt for the dozens of criminals he freed. Then again, seeing as how they fought together with him during the war, he might see them as good guys.
- During One Piece Film: Z, all the Straw Hats are determined to stop Z from blowing up the Grand Line (and everything and everyone on it) with his bombs. Except Luffy, who just wants his hat back.
- Asexuality: One of the closest examples for the trope that Shonen manga is probably ever going to get. Word of God mentions that Luffy is more interested in adventure than women, and that there will be no real romance in One Piece. See Chaste Hero below.
- Awesome but Impractical:
- His Second Gear technique slowly shaves off his life, and overusing it in a single fight can (or at least it used to) tire him out and leave him open to attack. But it is DAMN awesome.
- After the Time Skip, he seems to have improved it by having only single a body part(s) under Gear 2nd's effects at one time.
- A much straighter example would be Third Gear, which slowed him down and left him completely vulnerable to Rob Lucci when he tried an extensive use of it. He gets around this later by using it almost exclusively for finishing blows. And after the Time Skip he gets over the drawbacks as well.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He observed the CP9 members using Soru, and he soon began using an even faster and superior version of the move while in Gear Second.
- Badass: In just a few short years he's gone from an unknown with barely a rowboat to his name to one of the most infamous pirates in the world, with one of the highest active bounties.
- Badass Adorable: Before all his badassery, he is a cute and handsome young man. He gets really adorable in his chibi-form after using 3rd gear.
- Badass Boast:
- "I'M GONNA BE KING OF THE PIRATES!!!" It may not sound like much to our ears, but this statement is considered utterly shocking in-universe, as many mere mortals are scared to challenge the world like this. Furthermore, Luffy makes this boast to anyone, no matter who they might be or how strong they are, including Whitebeard.
- In the Alabasta arc: "I am the man who will surpass you [Crocodile]!" Considering he said that to one of The Seven Warlords of the Sea, right after he rebuffed the above statement, that's really something.
- And in the Thriller Bark arc: "Tell that idiot Moria, that if he lays a hand on my crew, I'll blast this island till there's nothing left!" Important to note that then Moria was also a Warlord, one with a higher bounty than him.
- Badass Family: Just the latest in the Monkey line to cause headaches for the World Government.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one in One Piece Film: Strong World.
- Badass on Paper: If you were to put his relative strength level and improbably feats on paper, Luffy is a very dangerous pirate. However, paper doesn't account for his kind, cheerful behavior, or the fact that he's an idiot. This frequently crops up after the Time Skip, where people hear various rumors about Luffy (including that he's an eight-meter tall giant) and have a hard time connecting such an infamous pirate with... well, Luffy.
- Bad Liar: The only way his lies could be more blatant would be if a neon sign appeared on top of his head and flashed "I AM LYING" every time he lied.
- Balloon Belly: Comes with being a Big Eater and his elastic nature. Actually uses it in combat to great effect. After the Time Skip, he has learned to more accurately return the projectiles upgrading his belly into an Attack Reflector.
- The Beastmaster: He's show shades of it ever since the timeskip, being able to tame and befriend huge and/or dangerous animals in a flash thanks to his Haki.
- Berserk Button:
- Get between him and his food, and he will be angry.
- Touch his hat without permission and he will pound you.
- Hurt one of his crew – or for that matter, one of your own – and you are dead.
- Hurting anybody who's been nice to you is another way to tick him off. When he found out Zoro injured the people at Whiskey Peak who threw a party for them, he was not happy. (He had no idea at the time that they were Baroque Works agents).
- He may not act like it all the time, but for him, piracy is Serious Business. He doesn't take kindly to those who flaunt the jolly roger. Wapol learned that the hard way.
- Tell Luffy you're going to become the Pirate King before he does and his response is usually a finishing move. note
- If the events of Fishman Island are any indication, Luffy doesn't take kindly to people threatening other people's siblings. Can't really blame him considering that both his "brothers" were killed (one turned out to have survived their brush with death).
- A new one that has surfaced is making a negative comment about Ace's death, as Don Chinjao found out the hard way.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's nice and kind-hearted, but you reeeeally don't want to make him angry. Seriously.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Luffy is usually a simple-minded goofball. Just be careful not to get him genuinely angry.
- Big Brother Worship: Downplayed version. While Luffy clearly idolized his older adopted brother Ace when they were younger, they did have a bit of a sibling rivalry and not once was Luffy ever blind to Ace's faults. Nonetheless, it can be argued that Ace was the most important person in Luffy's life, protecting him and practically raising him to be the happy and carefree person he is today. Which is why Luffy was absolutely devastated when Ace died to protect him. One of the only reasons why Luffy never crossed the Despair Event Horizon after Ace's death is the realization that Ace died so he could live and would've wanted him to move on with his life.
- Big Damn Heroes: During the Marineford arc, he manages to pull this trope off as he and the rest of the Impel Down escapees crash down from the sky, ship and all!
- Big Eater: The elastic stomach probably helps. At multiple points, he eats until his entire body is horribly distended. He can then digest it in about five seconds.
- Blood Brothers: With Ace and Sabo. None of them were related of course, but they were very close and even made a ceremony of drinking sake and became brothers. Luffy was heartbroken by both their deaths, so no words can express the joy on his face when he learns that he still has one brother left in the world.
- Blood Knight: Though not to the extent of Zoro (who can border on Nominal Hero at times), Luffy loves a good fight – and it doesn't help that it's one of the few things in this world he's good at, to the point of being considered a genius. Though he doesn't like pointless fights with weaklings, as shown with Bellamy.
- Book Dumb: Very much so when it comes to science and medicine — he once tried to heal a wounded Zoro by pouring booze on his face because "Zoro likes sake, so it'll make him better". However, he's a genius in combat, social skills, and politics, beating "wittier" enemies like Eneru.
- One of the TV specials implies that he can't even read, much like Zoro.
- Born Lucky: He has been described as having the Devil's Luck. While the lightning bolt that saved him on the execution platform may have been Dragon's doing, he's survived a number of encounters due only to extreme good fortune.
- Basil Hawkins later says that no matter the situation Luffy always has a slim chance of survival. Combine this with Luffy's determinator mentality and brilliant luck...
- Born Winner: Much like his adopted brother, Luffy's heritage meant he had a lot of potential – the only difference is that his took a little longer to show. As a trade-off, Luffy was also completely unaware of his heritage when he was younger (unlike Ace) and was therefore more emotionally stable.
- Break the Cutie: Unlike all his crewmembers, who have a traumatic past that defines their personality, Luffy’s breaking moment happened in the present storyline. Afterwards he Took a Level in Badass, gained a new slew of Berserk Buttons, and became even more determined to protect his loved ones.
- Bring It: With the dub version, this is what went down after the flag was burnt:
Spandam: YOU'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! YOU MORONS CAN'T CHALLENGE THE ENTIRE WORLD AND EXPECT TO WIN!
- Bully Hunter: In spite of his adamant claims to not be a hero, Luffy does NOT gracefully tolerate over-entitled assholes who use their positions and power to flagrantly bully those weaker than they are; he has a particularly sore spot towards Bad Bosses who mistreat loyal employees who they should be taking care of. Doing/being either of the above in front of him is a one way ticket to being pounded into the pavement. Note that this attitude of Luffy's is contagious; associate with him long enough and you will also catch his intolerance towards bullies (as shown with the originally cynical and unfeeling Zoro), even if you were once (working for) a bully yourself.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Luffy is an absolute idiot, having No Sense of Direction, constantly eating so much and then falling asleep right afterward and goes right for danger for no other reason than "FUN FUN FUN!". None of his crew mates deny that he's an idiot. None of his crew mates also deny that he deserves to be their captain, both as a fighter and as a leader.
- Butt Monkey: Constantly a victim of (comical) abuse from his crew mates due to his stupidity, and he frequently ends up in strange situations that keep him from fighting.
- Catch Phrase:
- "I'm gonna be Pirate King!"
- Cement Shoes: He planted both his feet on the cement ground of the Arlong Park, then grabs Mohmoo the sea cow and throws him far away. Arlong, with his strength, picks up the chunk of ground Luffy stuck himself on and then throws him, with said chunk of ground, into the water. Luckily, the normal vulnerability to water of a Devil Fruit user only stops them from controlling their own powers instead of negating them entirely, allowing the townspeople to stretch his head out of the water so they can give him CPR.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Thanks to the Training from Hell his grandpa put him through, he's strong enough to destroy steel with his bare hands, knock out large sea monsters, and push apart two buildings he was stuck between. And that's not even using his Devil Fruit ability.
- Chaste Hero: Though he knows what romantic relationships are, he just isn't interested... this actually becomes a plot point when he ends up on the island of the Kuja.
- Character Development: Prior to the timeskip, he was your typical Shonen Hero. Kind as a saint, strong as hell, dumb as rocks. After the timeskip, however, he is notably leaps and bounds more composed than he was prior to it, now preferring to state what he'll be doing and go through with it rather than scream and shout (except when he's really riled up) and, more importantly, he is actually a respectable and capable leader, listening to his crewmates but never letting himself be questioned (save for in comedic moments) as Captain. All in all, he's gone from Shonen Hero, to Shonen... well, pirate captain. And, while he's still definitely Luffy as before, Marineford and Rayleigh have beaten some growth into him.
- As if to enforce this, when Big Mom's ship arrives to capture Caesar, Luffy immediately inquires whether or not Big Mom is on the ship in order to make his next decision of whether or not allowing the Straw Hats at sea to fight.
- Chick Magnet:
- He's one of the only characters in the series to actively have women falling for him, ranging from Alvida (post-Gonk phase), to almost the entirety of Amazon Lily. His reactions range from being suitably creeped-out, complete obliviousness or platonically appreciative.
- He's funny, strong-willed, enthusiastic, insanely nice to nearly everybody he meets, and incredibly righteous. Naturally, he has plenty of real life fangirls. He's also young, cute, and seriously well-toned. The girls don't go gaga just because of his personality.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: When he tries to be at his sharpest outside of battle, he can only pull this off. Most of the time he's something between The Ditz and The Fool.
- Combat Clairvoyance: After the timeskip, Luffy has mastered Kenbunshoku Haki, a power that allows one to anticipate an opponent's next move. He has learned it to such an extent that he can sense where his enemies are.
- Combat Pragmatist: Luffy is not adverse to hitting below the belt or taking Human Shields when necessary... or if it's amusing.
- Compelling Voice: A manifestation of his awesomeness. It used to be involuntary and basically limited to really desperate shouting. He doesn't need to actually speak to use it anymore.
- Confusion Fu: Luffy, unlike the other characters, seems to fight freestyle. Being rubber makes this befitting. It even turned into an advantage against Eneru, who can read minds. Luffy simply ricocheted his moves off a wall, making it impossible for anyone, including himself, to predict their path.
- Contagious Heroism: Luffy is hardly a hero (and doesn't want to be one), but he has a massive problem with powerful people abusing their power and often demonstrates it with his fists. Thanks to his charismatic and caring nature, this attitude quickly takes hold on most of his crew mates, even on the stoic and previously uncaring swordsman Zoro and the emotionally reserved Robin, who betrayed every other organization she was a part of before she met Luffy.
- Crippling Overspecialisation:
- He's very useless at anything but having fun, eating, sleeping, being happy and amiable, and beating people up. He gathers his crew around him over the course of his adventure because he knows he can't go on without their help.
- He acknowledges this during the Arlong arc when Arlong sneers down at him for keeping friends. He retaliates by picking up a pair of swords and waving them wildly in Arlong's face, to no avail. Arlong sneers at him some more, for now trying something he knew he couldn't pull off, and Luffy comes out with this Tearjerker of a line, while the camera pans over each crew member that fulfills each job:
I know! Of course I can't use swords, you idiot! I can't navigate! I can't cook! I can't even tell lies! This is why I need my friends if I want to survive!
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Often both a badass and a moron at the same time.
- He actually tries to weaponize his idiot nature in the Eneru fight, in order to defeat his mind-reading. It works, but he also becomes too stupid to remember to attack.
- Cruel Mercy: According to Oda, the reason Luffy doesn't kill his enemies (with the exception of the Big Bad from the 6th movie) is because he feels that letting them live with their dreams destroyed is a worse punishment, which makes sense considering the series is about characters pursuing their dreams. Considering what they did to Ace, however, Blackbeard and Akainu might be exceptions.
- Cuddle Bug: Luffy shows how much he loves his friends by hugging them, regardless of gender. This can get problematic when the girl in question is actually romantically interested in him; doubly so because he won't return romantic love.
- Cursed with Awesome: Like all Devil Fruit users, he's gained incredible powers at the cost of never being able to swim and being branded a freak forever. Not that either of these facts bother him, though. And unlike other Devil Fruit users, this does not scare him away from water sports. It bothers him less than others (like, say, Buggy) because Luffy was never able to swim even before eating the Gum-Gum fruit. The Red-Haired Pirates nickname for him was "Anchor".
- Death Glare: He always stares down enemies, and when pissed gives these. Two particularly intense faces occur, 1st was right before he defeated Lucci with his Jet Gatling. And the 2nd one was to Jimbei while he was having a truly epic Freak Out on Amazon Lily. Later becomes one of his regular abilities thanks to Haki.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Many of his opponents. Eneru is probably the best example, as he spent most of the Skypiea arc proving how strong he was. This becomes a plot point: A big part of the character development of Luffy comes from the realization that it's impossible for him to beat the most powerful Marines and pirates of the New World. Cue 2 years training with the Pirate King's first mate.
- Delayed Reaction: Used a lot of times for comedic effect.
- Luffy powers through injuries that should have killed him several times over, often without outside assistance. In no particular order, he's been dehydrated to a dessicated husk, skewered, cut, drowned, blown up, bitten (a super strong shark bite, mind you), beaten to a bloody pulp, stabbed, crushed, covered in arrows (in one of the movies), frozen, burnt, shot by lasers, and poisoned to the point of melting, yet is still alive and kicking.
- The poisoned part was almost a subversion, because it all but killed him. He was healed by Ivankov, but the technique used was explicitly reliant on the patient's will to live and even Ivankov was shocked that Luffy recovered in a few hours, despite his initial estimate that it would take days for Luffy to recover, if he recovered at all.
- A quantifiable example of his Determinator status was shown off at the end of the Thriller Bark arc, when Bartholomew Kuma pushed all of Luffy's pain out of him and into Zoro, and the damage it dealt to the Badass Normal was... not pretty.
- Deus Exit Machina: He's the strongest of the crew along with Zoro and Sanji, and the most likely to get lost, trapped or otherwise unable to initially participate in battle until the most powerful enemy remains.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Is prone to this.
- At Enies Lobby when Spandam is gloating about how the World Government is unstoppable, he orders Sogeking (Usopp, but he doesn't realize it) to burn their flag, effectively declaring war on the WG and all 170+ of its member nations.
- After learning that Big Mom of the Four Emperors is going to destroy Fishman Island because they were unable to give her her monthly 10-ton delivery of candy (due to Hody destroying the candy factory and the Straw Hats eating the rest), Luffy does what no other pirate would dare do – he takes the Transponder Snail (i.e. a phone in the One Piece world) from Big Mom's subordinate and tells her he himself ate all 10 tons of her candy and that it's too dangerous to leave her in charge of the island, so when he gets to the New World he's going to kick her ass and claim Fishman Island as his OWN territory; Big Mom declares war on the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Disappeared Dad: Luffy was apparently unaware that he even had a father. Considering the fact that his father is the "World's Most Wanted Man", plus Ace's own attitude toward his equally infamous father, it was probably for the best.
- The Ditz: In one of the data books, his intelligence score was a whopping 1/5.
- The Dreaded: Due to his actions during the Paramount War, along with his actions while with his crew (such as Enies Lobby and Sabaody), Luffy's become so infamous that anyone who isn't as strong as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea instantly fears him. For instance, at Corrida Colosseum, while incognito, he accidentally gives his real name and everyone immediately freaks out. They only stop once they see the sign on his back that says "Lucy", and start remembering rumors about him being an eight-meter tall giant.
- Dumb Is Good: While Luffy has low intelligence about things like mathematics and science, he is a very good and mostly pure man. He will go out of his way to help people if they were kind to him, and recognize when he is in a situation he needs help in.
- Dumb Muscle: There is a reason that his head has a bounty of 400,000,000 beri; he's so powerful that almost everyone fears him, even experienced pirates who are grown men. Despite this, he's dumb as rocks, and incredibly naïve.
- Dumbass Has a Point: There have been moments where he surprises his crew by saying something that actually makes sense:
- In the Alabasta Arc, Luffy refuse to follow Vivi to Koza's main base as he stated that Koza and his rebellion army would never believe her since this is coming from Luffy and his crew who are pirates and instead go after Crocodile at Rainbase instead.
- After dropping down from Skypiea, Luffy suggest the crew to get a shipwright to fixed the Going Merry (despite him suggesting a musician after the crew was surprise of his words)
- Dynamic Entry: How did he get to Marineford? Well, it overlaps with Big Damn Heroes, 'cause he dropped a ship out of the sky! (It wasn't intentional, but that doesn't make it any less awesome)
- Done again in the Fishman Island arc when he leaps out of a shark's mouth and kicks Hody Jones just as he's about to assassinate the king.
- Elemental Punch: His unique rubber body allows him to do two types, fire and lightning. When the heat from Gear Second is combined with haki on his arm, it lights on fire. As for the lightning, he can absorb the lighting during a storm into his limbs (since rubber is an insulator) and attacks with it.
- Enemy Mine: Seems to have a knack for pulling this off, even in the most unlikely of cases. Mihawk actually considers this his most dangerous ability.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Luffy gets called "Straw Hat" by pretty much everyone he fights, with rare exceptions.
- Expy: Of Son Goku, in a spiritual sense. Oda said he designed Luffy based on what 'manliness' meant to him as a child. Incidentally, Luffy met Goku in the Dragon Ball x One Piece - Cross Epoch crossover. He even got to ride on the Flying Nimbus.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Wrath. Luffy's inability to control his volcanic-rage is precisely what led to Kuma attacking and dispersing his crew around the world, leaving him all alone in the world for two years.
- Also selfishness. His selfishness isn't your typical it's-all-about-me-attitude, more about his selfish desires like having meat and good adventure, becoming the pirate king, and protecting his friends. In the Sabaody arc, he didn't act on impulse but he seethed with Tranquil Fury. Luffy did what he felt he had to do, even though he knew it would have grave results. He apologized immediately after hitting Saint Charloss, but showed no regrets. Including the Sabaody incident, Luffy's selfishness is portrayed through the whole series, sometimes in comedic light, but it has always been there, and several characters have commented on it.
- Fearless Fool: More often than not, he never realized how strong his opposition/problem in front of him would be, and he'd just punch it until it goes down. It works well for him most of the time because of his Determinator traits and having a very good luck.
- Fight Off the Kryptonite: Two notable occasions: In Alabasta, in Crocodile's Elaborate Underground Base which was flooded, he fought off Bananagators with Zoro and Sanji, as half his body was already underwater. Then in Fishman Island, most of his fight with Hody Jones had him at major disadvantage as he doing it underwater. It was still ridiculously one-sided even before the fight was taken to a bubble-coated giant ship where he could fight with some air.
- Flash Step: When using Gear Second.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Definitely the former when compared to Ace.
- Freak Out: When he recovers from his Heroic BSOD and realizes Ace is truly dead. In the anime, he also freaks out when Kuma scatters his crew, and when Ace is killed. The latter example is particularly terrifying, to say the least.
- Friend to All Living Things: At one point, he was able to befriend a Kraken.
- From Bad to Worse: The whole Paramount War saga was ultimately this for him. Starting from the conflict at Sabaody that costs him his crew (courtesy of Kuma), then finding out in Amazon Lily that his brother is about to be executed, then goes to Impel Down to rescue him, only for Luffy to be too late as Ace was transferred to Marineford before Luffy reaches his cell (not to mention the horrible injuries he suffered beforehand), and then more climactic and hard fight at Marineford, and Ace died at Akainu's hands trying to protect Luffy. Cue Angst Coma and then an epic Freak Out. The only good things he get are companionship in form of Hancock, Impel Down inmates (Bon Clay and Ivankov especially), and Law.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Luffy started out as some kid from East Blue with an impossible dream. Then came Alabasta. And Enies Lobby. Followed by Impel Down and Marineford. Post-Time Skip, he and his crew are considered legendary, and the manga isn't even close to being done yet.
- Fun Personified: Seriously. On top of everything else, his powers are genuinely like something taken out from a Tex Avery cartoon.
- Funny Afro: He dons one fighting against Foxy. It helps him win.
- Fun Size: The after effect of his Gear Third technique causes him to shrink into a chibi version of himself. He overcomes this weakness after the timeskip.
- Generation Xerox: He has been compared to Gold Roger by multiple people who've encountered him. Given his simple outlook on life and violence towards anyone who hurts his friends, he can also be seen as a Generation Xerox of Shanks. According to Ivankov, Luffy is very similar to his father.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: He fights predominantly with his fists, although he discovered an attack involving blasting awesomeness.
- Go Out with a Smile: Just like anybody else with D. as their middle initial, he's prone to this trope. Notably, he smiled before Buggy almost cut his head off at Logue Town.
- Gratuitous English: Most of his attacks have English names, particularly in Gear Second.
- Greater Need Than Mine: It does not matter that he is badly hurt and freezing to death, or poisoned to the point of melting, his friends come first. He never even asks for himself to be helped, merely begs for whoever is there to aid his companions.
- Hat Damage: Though he takes good care of his signature straw hat, this can still happen. Woe be to the person that does it, though.
- Heavy Sleeper: Seems to be a family trait.
- The Hero: He is the main protagonist, after all.
- Heroic BSOD: Gets hit with this hard when Ace gets killed. After Ace's death, there is a look of despair on Luffy's face that has never been seen before.
- Heroic Resolve: Has it in spades.
- Heroic RROD: His Gear Second pre-Time Skip shortens his lifespan with each use, and will eventually wear him out if overused. Gear Third also might count, although it only shrinks Luffy temporarily after each use, with no mentioned long-term effect. And even that weakness he overcame after the Time Skip.
- When Ivankov gave Luffy his "miracle treatment" to heal Luffy of Magellan's poison, it took an additional ten years off Luffy's lifespan. Add this to the Gear Second, and the regular damage Luffy takes, and Oda seems to be strongly implying that Luffy will die young.
- Heroic Second Wind: Finally defeated Rob Lucci with one after being spurred on by Usopp.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Child abuse isn't funny... except when it involves throwing the child down a ravine, leaving him in the in the wilderness, and attaching enough helium balloons to him to make him float into the sky, all for the purposes of increasing his survival skills. Further adding to the hilarity is the fact that each of these scenarios has Luffy animated in the exact same pose with the exact same scream, with different backgrounds for each. After hearing about it, his crew immediately realizes just where Luffy got his strong will to live from.
- Hollywood Healing: His battles only leave story relevant scars, like his trademark one under his eye he gave himself in Chapter 1 or the new X shaped scar Akainu gave him.
- Justified because he's made of rubber, thus extremely difficult to wound. The eye scar happened before he ate the Gum-Gum Fruit.
- Hot-Blooded: In fine Shonen fashion. He's a more tranquil version, however.
- How Do I Shot Web?: As a child who had recently eaten the Gum-Gum Fruit, Luffy was rather unskilled with his stretching powers – especially when compared to his mastery at the start of his journey, years later. His signature Gum-Gum Pistol? His first attempt bounced off the ground and back into his own face.
- Iconic Outfit: The straw hat, in universe, as seen in the "From the decks of the world" cover story and at the end of the Fishman Island arc. The new shipment to the island will include straw hats. Why? Because the kids want to play heroes!
- His first outfit, the red vest/blue shorts with sandals combo as well as his first Time skip outfit.
- Identical Grandson: Garp looked identical to Luffy when he was a kid. He even had his scar at a young age.◊ Even now you can see the resemblance, as Garp looks like a much older and brawnier Luffy.
- Idiot Hero: Luffy is quite smart for a Shonen Hero, and not just in combat; he has shown an understanding of basic physics, social skills, survival skills, and politics. The 'Idiot' part comes from his simple outlook on life; while he understands that the current of Reverse Mountain has a scientific explanation, he prefers to just call it a "Mystery Mountain" because it's easier and more fun. That sort of description extends to several other subjects.
- I Gave My Word: His word is the greatest thing he can give. He takes it seriously. How serious? He promised Robin he'd be her friend forever, so when she was taken from him, he went on a rampage resulting in the complete annihilation of a World Government island, thousands of unconscious mooks, and a staggering threefold (that would be two hundred MILLION) increase in his bounty. Do note that it's when he gave his word willingly that he will uphold it to the best of his power; when he's forced by circumstances to do it (such as when Hachi and his crew told him not to hurt any World Noble, and when Law told him to just capture Caesar), he can break his word if he gets too pissed off.
- Immune to Bullets: They simply bounce off, though in the beginning of the series he claimed to still not like getting shot. Ostensibly he got used to it pretty quickly, considering the sheer number of times (often on purpose and/or easily avoidable) that he gets shot throughout the series.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Invokes this with Jimbei. He says he likes heroes, but he knows he's a pirate.
- Improbable Age: While this applies to the entire crew, Luffy's special in that he's already a legendary pirate and with a 400,000,000 berry bounty, considered one of the frontrunners for becoming Pirate King, and captain of one of the strongest crews on the Grand Line, all at the age of 19, while being a pirate (post-Time Skip) for only about three years, two of which were spent training alone. He's also one of the three youngest members of the crew, being the same age as Usopp and only two years older than Chopper.
- What's EXTRA interesting is that the Competence Zone in One Piece is very adult-centric. Luffy and the Straw Hats are tough, but the strongest characters are often in their middle ages, and there is no shortage of badass grandpas either, because, well... they've just been at it for much longer than Luffy and the crew. But, once the enemies had finally surpassed the 17 year old Luffy, he still only needed two years of extra training to catch right up again.
- Improv Fu: This is Luffy's main fighting style, as he'll use anything available to him so he can win. This causes his opponents to underestimate him because, more often than not, it looks like him fooling around rather than fighting seriously.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: No matter what happens, he will be always carefree and smiling non-stop. He never actually intended anything bad either because of his moral values or his naivete. Even Hancock's beauty has no effect on him.
- Indy Ploy: Uses these quite a few times: notably during his fight with Eneru , during the assault on Enies Lobby , and later against Doflamingo
- Innocently Insensitive: Towards everyone at some point, but the standout example would have to be the Mermaid Princess, Shirahoshi.
- Instant Armor: One of the many people who can do this using Armament Haki, which turns any affected area of the body black and makes it much, much harder. It can also be used offensively (as the harder body makes for a harder hit) and Luffy is particularly skilled at this type of Haki, able to easily break through most of his opponents' defenses with it.
- Ironic Hell: Inverted: Luffy ended up going to Amazon Lily, whose leader is the World's Most Beautiful Woman Boa Hancock. The natives end up worshipping him as much as they do their leader, and said leader Luffy ends up seeing naked. Twice. To top it all off, thanks to his kind nature, Hancock ends up falling in love with him. If it had been anyone else in this situation, they'd be praising the gods and living it up. However, not only is Luffy an Idiot Hero, he's also a Chaste Hero, making all of this an ironic heaven.
- I Thought It Was Forbidden: Even though Gear Second reduces his overall lifespan, he tends to use it more and more often, to the point at which he resorts to it for most of his major fights since Enies Lobby.
- Before the time-skip Gear Second was activated by Luffy using his legs as a pump. After his training, he might've just grown so strong that he can't not use Gear Second when he flexes a muscle. Thankfully, though, he also only uses it in short bursts.
- Jerkass Façade: He pulls this sometimes to get his point across. Rarely lasts long.
- Just Friends: Luffy, in his own pure-hearted way, does love Hancock back; the same way he would love and lay down his life for any of his precious friends. Hancock, although aware of this, personally wished it were something more (and still interprets his acts of kindness as reciprocating her feelings, even if he doesn't.)
- Kiai: See the end of his fight with Rob Lucci.
- Ki Attacks:
- After the two year time-skip, he has completely mastered Haki and can use it to power up his already strong attacks and predict enemy attacks, just like Eneru and his priests.
- When he uses Armament Haki, his body turns dark and shiny◊, as if his rubber body has gone through a form of vulcanization.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Luffy is very cheerful and kind to his friends, but not book smart. He tends to be spacy and fueled by his emotions. But when it comes to fighting, he is very good at understanding what is needed to win.
- Knuckle Cracking: Tends to do this frequently.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Does this whenever he's NOT trapped somewhere and can't fight, but the most notable straight example was at the beginning of the assault on Enies Lobby, where he actually took off full speed into the heart of Enies Lobby during the middle of planning, causing his allies to nearly be wiped out.
- Lightning Bruiser: Possibly the fastest and most agile member of his crew, he also has incredible durability and strength. Word of God is that only Zoro matches his physical power.
- Like Father, Like Son: While not spending any of his childhood with his father, he has nonetheless taken after him with his will and dangerous unpredictability, and both are stakes in the World Government's side.
- Made of Iron: Even more than most other characters because of his rubber body, which nullifies all but the most powerful blows. One of the best examples is what he endured facing Crocodile. He was stabbed with a giant hook, drained of all the fluid in his body, poisoned, cut by Crocodile's extremely sharp sand, and physically beaten all over the course of 24 hours; yet he survived with just some bruises and cuts.
- Magnetic Hero: Lampshaded by Mihawk:
It's not some kind of special power, but he has the ability to make allies of everyone he meets. And that is the most fearsome power on these high seas!
- Deconstructed hard in the Dressrosa Arc. Luffy tries his Magnetic Hero tendencies on the apparently reformed Bellamy, but for the first time... he fails. Bellamy refuses to turn on Doflamingo at this point, and not only does Luffy take some hard hits for his troubles, but wasting his time fighting Bellamy allows Doflamingo to gravely injure Law.
- Man Child: A perfect example of the trope. Technically averted before the timeskip, as he was still a teenager, but played straight afterwards.
- Missing Mom: His mother is completely unaccounted for.
- Morality Pet: To Hancock.
- Mr. Fanservice: Has plenty of fan girls in-universe and in real-life.
- My Favorite Shirt: His Nice Hat serves as a Number One Dime for him, and is also his Berserk Button when targeted.
- My Greatest Failure: The Death of Portgas D. Ace.
- Nice Guy: Mostly. Just don't touch any of his friends, his meat, or his straw hat.
- Nice Hat: It's even on his Jolly Roger! It Was a Gift from Shanks who used to have the hat. And one flashback shows that what seems to be the same hat was what Gold Roger himself wears when he starts his journey.
- No Badass to His Valet: The world sees Luffy as a dangerous pirate with a massive amount of potential and as one of the frontrunners to become Pirate King. His crew also sees him as that, but they also see him as their idiot captain who wouldn't last five minutes in the Grand Line, let alone the New World, without them, not due to any lack of ability, but due to his recklessness and outright stupidity. Hell, prior to the Time Skip, Luffy was practically Nami's bitch. Rarely does Luffy ever act like he's the captain of the crew with all the abuse he suffers at their hands - unless when the situation is really dire.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Luffy would rather give up being a pirate than have the location of One Piece handed to him because there is no adventure in that.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Pre-Time Skip he was subjected to a number of these. Post, he's been handing them out with impunity, beating the crap out of Hody Jones with only one major wound (and Jones only managed to land it because Luffy was underwater, had his movements restrained by a bubble, and trying to prevent a Colony Drop from destroying Fishman Island). Caesar Clown similarly got his ass kicked without even managing to land a single hit on Luffy.
- No Sell: To blunt force (unless it's imbued with Armament Haki or from Nami) and electricity.
- No Sense of Direction: Not as terrible as Zoro's, but it's still really bad.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Luffy's loving hug of frienship and gratitude for Hancock was quite genuine; too bad he did not realize that it meant a lot more to the poor girl.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Post-Time Skip.
- No True Pirate: Has a brief argument with Nami regarding this trope when discussing Kuro, whom he considers unworthy to be a pirate.
- Not Afraid to Die: Luffy has no fear of death at all. This is a trait shared by every D. carrier shown thus far (save for Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard). Smoker, who witnessed Gol D. Roger's execution, saw how close Luffy was to meeting his own end on the same scaffold before his miraculous survival, made it his utmost priority to capture Luffy.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Luffy cannot die from a fall, no matter how high he drops from.
- Number One Dime: His trademark straw hat is a gift from his idol Shanks, and he treasures it to the point where if he gives it to someone else, it's really saying something. Likewise, if someone ever dares damage it, ass will be kicked in great quantities. When he got struck hard with Heroic BSOD during Marineford arc, he got so distraught that he didn't realize that his hat fell down; Shanks found it and then told Buggy to give it back to Luffy.
- Its importance may have been elevated recently, given that a flashback revealed that the hat may have belonged to Gold Roger himself.
- Oblivious to Love: He has no idea how Hancock feels about him.
- Averted, at least after the Time Skip (and possibly before). He knows how she feels, but to him she is a precious friend he would gladly die for, but Just Friends all the same.
- One-Man Army: When Robin was being held in a government facility he charged head on into it, well ahead of his crew. The enemies numbered in the thousands. Luffy cut through them in mere minutes.
- Only I Can Kill Him: Not so much kill, but it's pretty obvious there are opponents that only Luffy has the power to defeat. Eneru was a notable example. His crew members even point out that Luffy seems to have a knack for singling out the single most dangerous opponent in a group that the rest would have no chance against.
- He displayed a surprising interest in beetles at Jaya and Skypiea.
- And he remarks about things that are, "So cool/awesome!!!" Especially robots, cyborgs, lasers, any sort of beam weapon, cannons, and really ANYTHING you can relate back to Super Robot anime and manga.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: As "Lucy", which is really just him with an old-man beard and shades. Later, he takes off the shades for a gladiator helmet. However, this worked in his favor as it was more than enough to fool Doflamingo, when he switched out for Sabo to take his place.
- Parental Abandonment: While not an integral part of his character, his father willingly left him to go help the rest of the world, his mother hasn't even been mentioned, and his Grandpa made no attempt to at least have him raised near him. Luckily, though, his foster mother and brothers made up for this void, and the only time he ever showed sadness over being lonely was in childhood before meeting Ace.
- Personality Powers: Oda commented in an SBS that he gives his hero Rubber Man powers to reflect his fun, carefree and out-there personality, as well as to make a contrast to the more "serious" shonen heroes.
- Person of Mass Destruction: The full extent of Luffy's strength post-Time Skip hasn't been shown, but considering that he and fellow Supernova Law are presumably on the same level, Luffy will eventually become this if he hasn't already.
- Pre-Time Skip, he destroyed the top half of the Tower of Justice with two uses of Gear Third (the first made the Tower shake a little...and that was just by knocking a massive steel door down). As for after the Time Skip, he nearly destroyed the massive ship Noah by using his most powerful attack. Keep in mind that Noah was in collision course with Fishman Island and worked have almost certainly destroyed it were it not for the Sea Kings who stopped it, who themselves remarked on how powerful Luffy is.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: While he's not overly short by Real Life standards, he tends to be rather puny in comparison to most of his opponents. He's 5'8", while his opponents range from above 6' to being freaking giants (literally!). Regardless, the large size disparity seems to make no difference for him; He's able to smack around a Pacifista (Cyborgs who are all about 22'6" feet tall) just as easily as he can smack around somebody like, say, Captain Kuro (an average sized human being).
- One of the best examples after the Time Skip is when he took on a giant (who appeared to be at least 70 feet tall) during the tournament at Dressrosa; he completely knocked him unconscious with a single punch.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Luffy's not interested in pillaging and raping, unlike other Pirates in the series, but only became a Pirate for the sake of adventures. He mostly fights with other Pirates and the Government, but leaves civilians alone.
- In the Romance Dawn pilot, he says the Morgania pirates are the ones who pillage and rape, while Peace Mains fight Morgania pirates and look for adventure. He is, of course, the latter.
- Though he does cause lots of property damage, and he's not opposed to stealing available loot if an opportunity arises. Then there was that prison break...
- Plot Armor: Lampshaded by Basil Hawkins. He tried several times to calculate a scenario which Luffy couldn't possibly survive, but Luffy always had at least a slim chance.
- The Power of Friendship: He always believes in his crew, even when they appear to betray or murder one of their own.
- The Power of Love: At least half of everything Luffy has ever done in the series is driven out of the intense love he has for his crew. While undoubtedly selfish, there isn't anything in the world Luffy wouldn't do for their sake.
- Power of Trust: Luffy is an excellent judge of character, successfully allying even with former enemies, both as permanent crewmates (Nico Robin, Franky) and as temporary allies (various other members of Baroque Works). It will be put to the ultimate test with his alliance with rival supernova captain-turned-Warlord Trafalgar Law. And it pays off. Law, despite his desire to end Doflamingo, moved to protect Luffy's crew.
- Power Perversion Potential: Yes, everything stretches, as the inhabitants of Amazon Lily discovered.
- The Promise:
- He made one with Ace and Sabo when they were children to go out to sea and live their lives free of regrets.
- Not to mention the one with Shanks, that he'd return his Straw Hat to him one day after he became a great pirate. It is for this promise, Shanks refuses to see the injured Luffy at Maineford, as Luffy hadn't reached that level yet.
- Primary-Color Champion: He's the hero of the setting, and his standard outfit is a red waist coat with blue trousers and a yellowish hat.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Gatling, Pistol-Shotgun, Storm, Fireworks, Cannon, Jet Gatling, Jet Cannon, Elephant Gatling and Hawk Gatling techniques.
- Real Men Eat Meat: He loves it. He was once in a sleep that should have lasted for three days but he was woken up when Usopp yelled there was meat.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Luffy is Red Oni, a hyperactive keet always ready to have an adventure compared Zoro's Blue Oni, being calm, calculating and cynical (most of the time).
- Right Makes Might: If one has a strong ambition, one will always prevail in the end.
- Rubber Hose Limbs: Very much justified.
- Rubber Man: Thanks to consuming the Gum-Gum Fruit, and he refers to himself as this in exact words. He's more literally rubber than most examples, too. He can't stretch himself without momentum, and when he does, he snaps back into place like real rubber. His powers come with certain bonuses; his clothes automatically stretch with him, it takes incredible force to hurt him with blunt attacks without haki, bullets and cannon balls bounce off of him, he's highly resistent to electricity, his rubber bones can't be broken or cracked, and he rarely gets winded because his rubber heart and lungs pump more efficiently. Other characters comment that his power is "weird" even by Devil Fruit standards.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: So much. He's tough as hell, but he has absolutely none of the most basic pirating skills. Lampshaded as part of a Badass Boast when he fought Arlong.
- Secret Legacy: The mysterious "Will of D." that several characters have mentioned.
- Goes a bit further when he's revealed to have Roger's hat and can hear the voices of Sea Kings like the man himself could.
- Shared Family Quirks: Even before Garp was revealed as Luffy's grandfather, they both showed a Bunny-Ears Lawyer mentality, being more concerned with eating most of the time, often being absent-minded and a tendency to randomly fall asleep.
- Showy Invincible Hero: Luffy earned the record-breaking bounty of 30 million belli for a rookie in East Blue where he won all his fights. Smoker being an odd exception to the rule. And the East Blue Saga covered a hundred manga chapters! Even in the early parts of his adventure in the Grand Line, Luffy’s win record continued and it seemed like nothing could stop him until he reached his goal. But then it was subverted. Repeatedly. And hard.
- A more downplayed version appears post-Time Skip. Every fight Luffy had for the first three arcs were complete curb-stomp battles with him on the giving end, and he literally did not have a serious fight until the Dressrosa arc, and it was against an old, legendary pirate who used to fight with his grandpa back in the day, quickly followed by Donquixote Doflamingo, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. It's downplayed because in spite of this, both the audience and Luffy himself are well aware that he's still got a long way to go before he reaches his dream, and that it only gets harder from here on out.
- It's worth noting that said pirate, while incredibly strong, was long past his prime as he later admits, and that Luffy is taking on Doflamingo with the help of Trafalgar Law, and it is still proving to be possibly his toughest yet.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Has done this numerous times against the Big Bads of the current arc. Prominent examples include against Arlong, Crocodile, Bellamy, Spanda, and Caesar Clown.
- Signature Move: The Gum-Gum Pistol, Bazooka, Gatling, and Balloon are his 4 most iconic moves, although he typically uses their gear 2nd versions now.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Luffy's first and greatest crime was being born into the world, for his father is the world-renowned criminal "The Revolutionary" Monkey D. Dragon; a predicament similar to that of his adopted brother Ace, their existences alone being sins in the eyes of the world. Unlike Ace, however, his parentage doesn't really bother him all that much — partially because stuff like that never mattered to Luffy, and partially because Luffy didn't know he even had a father until he was seventeen. He also kind of suffers this under the fact that his grandfather is Garp, and at least one pirate, Don Chinjao, has a vendetta against the old guy and considers having it at Luffy is enough for revenge.
- Smart Ball: While some of the times he's right are the result of his bizarre or poorly thought out guesses being correct, there are times when he's more reasonable than usual, such as when he tells Vivi that people will die no matter what she does, and defeating Crocodile, rather than intercepting the rebels, is the surest way to stop the rebellion.
- Spanner in the Works: Quite possibly the greatest version of this trope. Ever. Without going into detail, let's just say that most of the arcs, movies, and video games involve him entering the scene and completely ruining the villain's plans right when they're about to be finished. Every time.
- More often than not, he never even went in intending to stop the villain or knowing the villain even had an evil plan. He is literally just an unexpected variable that happened to mess up the scheme because the villain did just ONE thing wrong. That thing is usually trying to preemptively eliminate him.
- Reversed with Blackbeard's master plan. Everything Luffy did just worked in favor of Blackbeard's plans, even speeding them up significantly, the most obvious example being the Impel Down incident.
- Doflamingo attempted to take advantage of these tendencies in order to screw up Law's plan. He correctly deduced that Luffy would immediately be sidetracked by a tournament to win the Mera Mera no Mi, most likely to ensure that his brother's power did not end up in the wrong hands. It would've worked, but it backfired magnificently when it created another Spanner to screw up his plans: Sabo, who takes Luffy's place in the colosseum in order to the win Mera Mera no Mi, being perhaps the only person outside of his own crew that Luffy would allow to take its power. This can be largely blamed on Doflamingo, as the tournament was most likely the main reason Sabo was in Dressrosa in the first place. It's at this point you can honestly say that anything even remotely related to Luffy has the potential to be this for any villain.
- Spell My Name with an "S": He's known as Ruffy in some foreign editions, most notably the German translation.
- Spider-Sense: He's one of the many people with Observation Haki, an innate power that allows him to sense imminent danger, see people's "auras" (outline) through walls, and hear the voices of any living creatures around him for at least several miles.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Wise Guy to Law's Straight Man. They go on a great tear in 748, with Cavendish and Zoro in the middle of it all. Also, more commonly, the wise guy for the entire crew's straight man (but most notably Nami or Usopp).
- Super Drowning Skills: The most common victim of the Devil Fruit users in his crew. Of course, he couldn't swim even before getting his Devil Fruit powers, hence why Shanks's crew nicknamed him "Anchor".
- Super Mode: His Gear Second and Gear Third techniques.
- Gear Second is achieved by him pumping his blood with his leg (pre-timeskip) or just by yanking up his limb hard enough (post-timeskip) to highly increase blood flow and metabolism, giving him a glowing pinkish appearance and hot steam coming out of his body; this increases his strength and speed to dramatic levels, at the cost of his lifespan (because his organs work multiple times harder than normal), although this drawback is minimized post-timeskip.
- Gear Third is achieved by him blowing air into his bone hole (after biting his finger first). This gives him hardened bone structure (to the point that bullets ricochet off him as opposed to bounce away) as well as enlarged limbs, but this makes him move slower, and he becomes Super-Deformed and weak for a minute after the mode stops. Post timeskip the drawbacks has been minimized; now he can keep the air insides his bones in only the places where he needs it, making him more flexible.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Subverted with Nightmare Luffy. He's a scary, giant, evil-looking Hulk-like figure, and Nami and Usopp were initially afraid of him, but he's actually still Luffy on the inside. Just REALLY serious. However, that could be something to do with shadows inside him, since Usopp and Nami noticed he behaves differently.
- Taking the Heat: By telling Big Mom he was the one to ruin her candy factory and ate all her candy, he earned her rage, which would have gone to destroying Fishman Island. It was a lie and Big Mom suspects as much but won't try to disprove him.
- Tears of Joy: Can only burst into tears when, in chapter 731, Sabo reveals he is alive.
- Terrible Artist: Luffy attempted to paint his logo on the Going Merry. The rest of the crew hated it so much they had Usopp paint over it. Later, he successfully paints his logo on Laboon. It looks as competent as you'd expect for this trope.
- Thanks for the Mammary: Luffy accidentally gropes Boa Hancock when he was hiding under her dress since how he was latched onto her kept her from walking straight. The act certainly affects Hancock, but she was forced to hold up her facade in front of the Marines.
- Taken Up to Eleven when he's catapulted into the room (and chest) of Princess Shirahoshi... who is one of One Piece's giant characters. Before he realized it, he thought that he's standing on a giant pudding.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After the timeskip, he uses Gear Second attacks for everything. Considering how strong he already is and the fact that he has Haki, his normal Gum Gum attacks should be more than enough to solve his problems, rather than senselessly shorten his lifespan to beat a few minor enemies.
- Third Time's The Charm: Against Crocodile, though there is a case to be had in his confrontations with Eneru and Rob Lucci.
- Time to Unlock More True Potential: By the end of the first half of the series, approx. time around the Sabaody Arc, his skills and power are simply no longer enough to beat anybody or anything stronger than a single Pacifista (with the support of his entire team at that...). Thankfully, he got better and after two years of training, he can now also defeat a Pacifista in a single hit (along with a giant KRAKEN, for that matter...)
- Too Dumb to Live: Indeed. He would have been killed many times if not for incredible strokes of luck and allies who are willing to save his ass. In some less dangerous situations he knows what he does, but his problem is that he basically has no fears and fails to recognize true danger.
- Took a Level in Badass: BIG TIME during the Time Skip. To the point that he hasn't had a real challenging fight since the Time Skip ended until the Dressrosa arc.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Meat. Any kind of meat. (Although he's not as fond of seafood, as revealed by the Fishman Island arc.) Eating it even makes him stronger, and if he's not fighting or playing, he's always seen eating meat. To the point that, in a crossover with Toriko, when he orders a 3 course meal, ALL of them consists of meat. Even the drinks.
- Tranquil Fury: If you piss him off enough to make him enter this mode, you're screwed. Luffy usually starts his fights in Unstoppable Rage mode, and finishes them in Tranquil Fury mode, when his enemy has really pissed him off.
- Training from Hell: Went through this in childhood. It involved being thrown into jungles at night and tied to balloons, apparently.
- Trauma Conga Line: The Paramount War is one HUGE Break the Cutie moment for our hero, starts during the Sabaody arc, gets many times worse in Impel Down, AND he finally rescues his brother only for that brother to lose his life protecting him, he is VERY LUCKY that he is able to return to being himself.
- Through His Stomach: A surefire way to get Luffy to be your best friend.
- Trouser Space: Where he keeps the "octopus"...
- Uber Mensch: Luffy refuses to follow the typical code of pirates, a code that revolves around pirating for treasure rather than your dreams, and does not harm civilians and steal. On one occasion, this even got him ridiculed and beaten, but he still stands strong by his beliefs.
- If Luffy wasn't an inherently nice and friendly guy, he'd be a brutal villain, as he follows no rules but the ones he creates and refuses to be swayed by words.
- The Unfettered: The reason he's gotten as far as he has- his inability to hold back or restrain himself, is one of his most defining traits. His only fetter is his loved ones, especially his crew and the closest family to him.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Initially with regards to Haki; he starts out only being able to make people submit to his power, and only during the Time Skip does he learn how to use its forms.
- Also, this is what many villains told him In-Universe during the Marineford Saga in regards to his abilities in general. His physical power and natural talent for combat was right up there with the best as usual, but... a combination of not having any sort of hardening or observation Haki at all, no knowledge of when they were being used against him, fighting against people even stronger and faster than he was, and most importantly, fighting against people who could actually negate his strongest attacks (such as Magellan) for the first time led to a long line of defeats. Thankfully, he's gotten better.
- Unstoppable Rage: On Enies Lobby, the soldiers were literally being sent flying by the hundreds from the moment Luffy got there, and it wasn't over until 3000 had been defeated and he had made his point — shit was getting serious.
- On Fishman Island, Luffy has recently began annihilating a massive amount of Mooks without discretion. He has currently taken out 50,000 without even touching them (which is, mind you, more than 16 times the amount he defeated on Enies Lobby), using his Haki, and now he has begun actually attacking them physically. By the looks of things, and considering there was only 100,000 Mooks to start, the rest of his crew might not even be necessary to win the battle.
- Waistcoat of Style: Until the Time Skip.
- Wardrobe Wound: Most of the damage he incurs is of this variety.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Most of the situations he's gotten into have been solved through liberal use of punching the right guy in the face. Prior to Marineford, it's typically his only strategy, many times literally just asking whose ass he has to kick.
- It's fitting, as one of his stronger techniques is also called Gum Gum Mallet and Gum Gum Giant Mallet, which both mean hammer.
- Wild Card: As the Captain of the Straw Hats, an entire crew of Wild Cards themselves due to the mangling of the power balance they've done over the past two years, he is one himself. Hell, considering his reputation for being a Spanner in the Works and his general unpredictability, he counts greatly. Sometimes he's unpredictable even to his own crew.
- With My Hands Tied: He one-shoted Vander Decken with his arms chained.
- Worth Living For: After Ace's death, the only reason Luffy found the resolve to keep on living was because of his crew and the fact that Ace would've wanted him to live and move on. Otherwise, Luffy would've probably turned into a Death Seeker, a clear indication of just how bad his Heroic BSOD was.
- Worthy Opponent: Smoker. This has become especially apparent when Smoker was willing to transfer into the worst marine base on the Grand Line, just so he could wait for Luffy in the New World. He waited two years for someone that the world thought dead, because he knew that Luffy would return to the sea sooner or later. Luffy sees him this way as well, as when Smoker was stuck in Tashigi's body Luffy refused to fight him until he was at full strength.
- Would Hit a Girl: Examples include Alvida, Ms. Valentine's Day, Vivi (as Ms. Wednesday and later in a Get a Hold of Yourself Man), Boa Marigold and Sandersonia. Of course, the women he occasionally fights are all dangerous, and it wouldn't be wise to go easy on them.
- X Marks the Hero: He got an X-shaped scar across his chest from Akainu's attack at Marineford.
- You Are Not Alone: After his Heroic BSOD he suffered from Ace's death, he finally comes out of it when he is reminded he still has his crew who still need him and he needs them.
- You Never Asked: The main reason why nobody knew that Luffy and Ace were not blood related is because nobody bothered to ask.
- Your Size May Vary: Luffy's iconic Straw Hat, through the many Art Evolution phases Oda went and experimented on, our hero's hat has gone from fedora sized to sombrero sized, though it's not an increasing constant, it may get smaller or bigger depending on the arc.
- Luffy himself is also an example. He's never been tall, but at the start of the series he was mostly average-sized, especially compared to the civilians in the background. Nowadays, he is the shortest character in the series who is not a Gonk, an animal, a child, or a woman (though most female characters are still taller than him). His body shape also changes from arc to arc. During East Blue and from Skypiea to Water 7, Oda has went for his signature lanky, long-legged style. In other arcs, like the more recent ones, Luffy is drawn with rather short legs and the head-to-body ratio of a young child, which makes him look much shorter than he actually is. Additionally, Oda tends to rapidly switch Luffy's mood from "goofy and light-hearted" to "serious" 'in-between just two pages' from time to time; this often results in him visually gaining a few inches and muscle seamlessly as well as changing his head-to-neck ratio from "childish" to a more mature look. His height is 172 cm (5'7") before the timeskip and 174 cm (5'8") after the timeskip for the record.
- You Can Barely Stand: But he STILL got up and kicked Lucci's ass. Not against Magellan, however...
"Pirate Hunter" Roronoa Zoro
"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)
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 bounty is 120,000,000 Berries.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 even 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 bout his own strength and honestly didn't seem to care much about anything.
- Artifact Title: 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/Celibate Hero: 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. Alternatively, Zoro may simply not care about sex and romance in general. May also have something to do with his first female friend, Kuina, dying on him.
- Badass: One of the best-known examples in the series.
- Badass Arm-Fold: In this pic,◊ which completely cements his Made of Iron credentials.
- Badass Baritone: He has the deepest voice in the crew, and is undeniably Badass.
- Badass Boast:
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!
Zoro: Over the 9 mountains, across the 8 seas, there is nothing my sword cannot cut!
- Badass Longcoat: After the two-year timeskip.
- Badass Normal: He's the second-strongest member of the crew, pretty much 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.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't try to hurt Chopper. It'll make the big guy decide to go back on his policy not to fight for revenge.
- Insulting Robin is another good way to get your ass kicked. Hard.
- Really, Zoro just seems to care for the crew as much as anybody else. Messing with any of their friends is a pretty good way to anger any given Straw Hat.
- Big Brother Instinct: Out of all the crew, it's Chopper he seems to have a huge soft spot for.
- Big Brother Mentor: To a degree, towards Luffy.
- 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.
- Bloodier and Gorier: His fights compared to the others as well as his own.
- 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 Tahigi's fighting ability (in comparison to his), or the situation with Usopp with his initial departure of the crew.
- 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.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: 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.
- Feet stuck in wax? Handcuffed to someone? Cut off the offending body part. It's not like the doctor can't put it back on anyway!
- The Coats Are Off: Zoro removed the top part of his coat when he got serious in the battle on Fishman Island.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cuteness Proximity: Adequately explains his huge soft spot for Chopper.
- Cutlass Between the Teeth: His fighting style relies on it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Zoro has a really dry wit, and has thrown out some pretty badass Pre Asskicking One Liners.
- Death Glare: Not as prominent as Luffy's but he can pull it off. In fact he managed to beat Monet, a logia user, by this alone to the point she was frozen in fear and couldn't reassemble herself after he cut her.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Zoro's ultimate goal.
- 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.
- 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, No Sense of Direction, drifts towards being 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.
- 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 basically 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 in most instances should be an enemy to Luffy.
- 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 seems to be the only person 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.
- 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 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 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.
- Iconic Outfit: His original white T and black pants and his first Time Skip outfit, 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.
- 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.
- 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 Busoshoku Haki, which is shown when he used it to cut Monet's cheek, at long range. Its also implied he can use Kenbunshoku Haki.
- The Lancer: To Luffy, again.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When the bandanna comes on, Zoro will usually use some crazy attack that destroys his opponent, and usually the environment around them. Lampshaded during Enies Lobby.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 Social Skills: A more minor example than most, but if Zoro isn't issuing badass threats he's actually fairly shy and 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.
- Nominal Hero: Sometimes. He is one of most vicious of the Straw Hats, having no qualms with lethal force. Later on, though, he will sometimes go out of his way to help innocent bystanders.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. During the timeskip, he acquired one over his eye, which he seems to have lost.
- Slasher Smile: He shows a great deal of enthusiasm when it comes to getting into fights.
- 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 Bosushoku 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 mountain into castle-sized pieces!
- 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† , 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.
- 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.
- Spider-Sense: Obtained the Observation Haki during the Timeskip, which functions similarly to spider sense.
- 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.
- Sword Sparks: Tends to pop up in all of his fights, since he usually fights other swordsmen.
- Terror Hero: Zoro paralyzes his enemy by a display of strength and pure killing intent. The enemy is Monet from 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.
- 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 17 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 basically Luffy's navigator after they parted ways with Coby.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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 were immune to swords, to varying degrees. 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 recently really run through the gauntlet, had already been in a fight, 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. Kuma doesn't count; he didn't just beat Zoro, he curbstomped the entire Straw Hat crew and everyone else.
- Would Hit a Girl: He will cut a girl if he has to.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Somewhat played 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 at Whiskey Peak after attempting a Wounded Gazelle Gambit . Zoro quickly brought her down, but used the back of his blades to not kill her.
- 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.
- 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
"What good is treasure if I'm all alone? I'd rather have nothing at all!"
-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 bounty is 16,000,000 Berries.
- Action Girl: Not at first, but starts growing into the role after being given her Clima Tact.
- Almighty Janitor: While technically her position is only the navigator, her word is basically law on all matters related to sailing, finance and the day-to-day management of resources.
- 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: 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".
- 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 let's be fair, she is very pretty), and as a kind of tribute to her, altered Nami's design to show it off.
- 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 Normal: No Devil Fruit powers, but the Clima-Tact more than makes up for it.
- Bare Your Midriff: A few of her outfits sport this, but her first timeskip design is the most evident case of this.◊
- Bathing Beauty: Gets a few of these scenes occasionally.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Double-subverted. The serious damage she recieves 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.
- Averted as far as Face Faults go: she has the most out of anyone, and the goofiest.
- Berserk Button: 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. Don't humilate and/or insult her. And, above all else, do not hurt the people she cares about. Simply put, don't try to piss Nami off.
- 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.
- Brown Eyes: Dark brown before the Timeskip. Since the Timeskip, they've been drawn much lighter, almost to the point of being orange. They're a sign that her apparently greedy personality belies a more noble person, and that she's a valuable ally to Luffy.
- 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 that greedy harlot, 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.
- 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.
- 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 Hero: 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.
- Combat Stilettos: She's most often seen wearing high-heeled sandals, though she doesn't fight physically.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She beats her crewmates up very often.
- She does this significantly less as time goes on, especially after the Time Skip.
- 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.
- Everybody Knew Already: She asked Nojiko to keep her efforts to steal 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.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She grows her hair out during the Time Skip.
- Fan Service 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Glass Cannon: While she is not gifted with superhuman speed, strength or toughness, in fact, she's probably the weakest (physically) character in the crew, 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 her invisible.
- Greed: One of her main traits.
- Guile Heroine: 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Had one as early as the Alabasta arc, but it's much more defined after the Time Skip.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
- Considering her backstory, very understandable.
- 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.
- Now 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.
- 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: Also good at drawing maps.
- 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.
- 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.
- Number Two: Post Time Skip, she begins sharing the role with Zoro, as the crew tends to defer to her leadership whenever Luffy and Zoro are unavailable (one such example being when she's given authority over the Sunny while the rest of the crew goes into Dressrosa).
- Only Sane Woman: Has bemoaned how their crew always seems to attract the weird ones.
- 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.
- Her, Chopper, Sanji, and Brook during the second half of the Dressrosa Arc. They've currently gone a little over a whole year in the real world without being present in the story (from December 2013 to March 2015).
- 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 basically 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.
- Proud Beauty: She's attractive, she knows it, and knows how to use it to her advantage.
- Red 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 Tall, Dark and Bishoujo 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.
- Screaming Woman: Though it's more so because she's only one perceptive enough to realize just how bad things are, Nami's shrieks of terror are a regular occurrence.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She isn't ashamed to show her body to others as long as they pay her afterwards.
- She's Got Legs
- 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?
- Show Some Leg: Nami tends to use her charm to her advantage.
- 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, Captain Kuro, 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 hot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 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 even 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wingding Eyes: Whenever anything related to cash is mentioned.
- You Are Not Alone: Upon learning Arlong back stabbed 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" Usopp
"I am the Great Captain Usopp!"
"The captain is a man who can change lies into the truth!!"
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.
Sogeking has a bounty of 30 million Berries. Usopp was not personally wanted until the Dressrosa arc, where Donquixote Doflamingo sets an astounding 500 million Berry bounty for Usopp's head (though this bounty is personally through Doflamingo and is not recognized through the World Government).
"Black Leg" Sanji
"The Marines may not be concerned with me right now, but soon I, Black Leg Sanji, will be the most infamous of all!"
Adult Voice: Hiroaki Hirata
(JP); Eric Vale
(EN, Funi), David Moo (EN, 4Kids); Noe Velasquez (Latin American Spanish)
Sanji is the crew's chain-smoking
-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 bounty is 77,000,000 Berries. He is, however, sometimes unrecognized due to his wanted poster being a poorly-drawn composite sketch.
- 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".
- All According to Plan: He's the tactical mastermind of the crew and pretty much all of his plans work out the way he wants them to. But the most notable incident still is his Mr. Prince, 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 doesn't have the third highest bounty of the crew; that would be Robin. And worse than that, unlike Luffy or Zoro, his bounty hasn't broken the 100 million mark yet, even though it should have by this point.
- Not to mention that the photo for his bounty poster isn't even him, but a badly drawn picture that barely resembles him, meaning he's the hardest member to identify.
- Always Save the Girl: In classic chivalrous fashion. If a woman is in danger, Sanji will ignore his task to save/help her. 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 Violet.
- 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: After the Time Skip.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Quite spiffy looking with that blue 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.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Well it's technically Bare Footed Monk.
- Berserk Button: Never insult his culinary skills, waste food, mistreat a woman (no matter how evil), or steal his dream of eating the Clear-Clear Fruit (''Suke Suke no Mi'').
- Yeah, and saying he can't protect people? Don't do that. Just... don't.
- Weaponized for his Hell Memories attack.
- But most of all? NEVER HURT NAMI.
- 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.
- Big Damn Heroes: "Mr. Prince", followed later by "The Hunter".
- Saving Nami, Chopper and Brook from Doflamingo
- Bishōnen: A masculine example.
- A little less Bishonen after he grows out his facial hair during the timeskip, however. The transition from the thin teenage stubble to a full goatee has made him considerably less "young and pretty" looking.
- Bond One-Liner: Has a habit of giving these after winning major fights.
- Brooklyn Rage: In the 4Kids dub, and only the 4Kids dub, Sanji was given a thick Brooklyn accent and an angry disposition.
- Butt Monkey
- Burning with Anger: As a Running Gag he bursts into flames when he's sufficiently enraged.
- Casanova Wannabe: The chances of him actually sleeping with anyone he's wooed are practically nonexistent.
- 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.
- For a while after the time skip: "IIIII NEEEEED LADYYYYY!"
- 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!
- 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.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Considering his legs are strong enough to casually kick away large sea monsters, he definitely qualifies.
- Chef of Iron: He's a great chef, but uses regular fighting techniques in battle instead of chef-themed techniques. In fact, he refuses to use kitchen implements in combat, as he considers them tools for preparing food, not weapons. The same philosophy applies to his hands, so he fights using kicks to avoid damaging them. He has only used knives to attack a foe once and only because said foe used kitchen utensils in a way that made his kicks useless.
- The Chew Toy: Started to become this roughly around Enies Lobby, when he learned Kokoro was a mermaid.
- 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◊.
- Cooking Duel: Gets into a few in anime Filler. He always wins, of course.
- Dance Battler: Uses only his feet to fight, resulting in this on occasion.
- 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.)
- 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.
- The Dulcinea Effect: To the point that he later develops a "damsel-in-distress" sixth sense.
- Empowered Badass Normal: During the timeskip he discovered Haki.
- Even the Guys Want Him:
- 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.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: His attack names.
- Extremity Extremist: His legs, of course. The explanation is that 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 a woman named Violet. Its vague enough that it could be just a hug though.
- 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.
- 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.
- Flash Step: One of the skills he obtained during his stay on Momoiro Island.
- Food Porn: Any scene where he's cooking/ serving food inevitably turns into this, as demonstrated during the filler G8 Arc.
- Fool for Love: Fool? He's a self-confessed slave to love.
- 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: Possibly 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. Not to say he's inherently always mean, but he does have his moments. One good example would be how he was ready to abandon the kids suffering under Caesar 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.
- 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.
- 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. Both the New Kamas and the Mermaids seem to like him a lot.
- Heroic RROD: 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Humiliation Conga: 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.
- Let's not forget how he was forced to admit that his poorly drawn Wanted Poster is actually him in order to get Ivankov to tell him about what happened to Luffy. This is such a monumental strain for him it actually results in Blood from the Mouth.
- 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".
- Incendiary Exponent: Weaponized, via his Diable Jambe technique.
- In Love with Love: Practically oozes this trope as part of his Chivalrous Pervert personality.
- 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.
- Japanese Honorifics: Addresses most women with "-chan". Interestingly, he addresses Nami with "-san" despite her being a year younger, while Robin is nine years older and still gets "-chan".
- 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.
- Jizzed in My Pants: Though with massive nosebleeds instead. 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.
- 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 decided that using knives to get rid of the armor would be no different from using knives to prepare a meal and displayed an incredible knife-fighting style.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: One of his latest stunts was to fight a Kraken 5000ft underwater. It was so fast that he didn't even suffer from the pressure. But even in his introductory arc, he fought on just fine even after getting his ribs broken.
- 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 internets will cause 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 he actually needs a blood transfusion.
- Not Quite Flight: Sometime during the two-year timeskip he taught himself CP-9's Geppo, renaming it "Sky Walk".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. It's pretty epic.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Raised by Dudes: He was raised primarily by men who taught him to cook and fight. Which makes his obsession with women a bit more... understandable.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He cooks with a pink panda decorated apron.
- Red Oni: When compared to Zoro, he's 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. Though 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 hi machinations did more to stop the Big Bad's plans than a fight would have).
- Sharp-Dressed Man: A suit is his standard form of attire, usually only wearing more casual clothes during transitions between arcs.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: To be expected, as he was raised by sailors, and inherited their colourful vocabulary (see his catchphrase above).
- 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).
- 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.
- The Strategist: Proven to be one of his defining characteristics at least twice in every arc from Alabasta on.
- Stupid Good: A variation (not quite stupid), 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Training From Ironic Hell: 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Repeat: 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.
- 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.
- Let's not kid ourselves. 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).
- 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.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: No matter how badly she'll beat him as a result of a "strict upbringing". See also Weaksauce Weakness above.
- According to an SBS, it's not that Sanji won't hit a girl, it's that he can't hit a girl for some reason.
- Also deconstructed once, when a Genre Savvy female enemy used it against him so he wouldn't be able to help Robin.
- Averted one time, when the crew first met Robin as a member of Baroque Works after Whiskey Peak. When they all drew weapons on her, he held a pistol to her head. Usopp even hung a lampshade on how out-of-character the act was. Sanji reasoned she was a threat to Vivi... then he noticed what Robin actually looked like. Cue hearts in the eyes.
- In video game adaptations, he can be forced to fight against female enemies, and in some cases, he will apologize with each attack. In the Pirate Warriors games, his attacks will never hit or affect female enemiesnote .
The Going Merry
The Straw Hat Crew's first ship, a caravel-class ship designed by Merry in East Blue for Kaya to give to the Straw Hats (then comprising 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.
- A Day In The Lime Light: Merry gets her own TV Special, the Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend.
- 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.
- 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 is the Straw Hats' main form of transportation from Syrup Island until Water 7.
- 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.
- 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: If she had a face, it would have been smiling during her Viking Funeral. As it is, we have to settle for her figurehead's drawn smile and the implication of her happy tone during her Final Speech.
- Made of Good: Franky explains that a ship's Klabautermann is born out of a crew's love for their ship, though it only truly manifests when it's soon to be doomed.
- 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.
- Reality Ensues: After all the crap it went through (including blasting up and then falling down 30,000 feet), it was bound to suffer irreparable damage.
- 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.
- 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.