Characters: One Piece: Straw Hat Pirates, East Blue
aka: 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
"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.
- 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.
- 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 Bad Ass.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he isn't evil, 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 Atheist: A rather startling subversion as the philosophy he espouses is pretty much exactly on point with most actual real-life agnostics. When asked if he believes in God he responds that it's not a matter of belief as he doesn't see proof one way or another, but he has no issues with other peoples faith. Though he latter adds that he'd love to fight God, but it's Zoro, so it's to be expected.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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: 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. A stark contrast to how Zoro perpetually proved his Made of Iron credentials.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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: In the manga.
- 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.
- 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 compass 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!
- 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.
- 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 drawn 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
"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 Sniper King (Sogeking
) which he uses to draw on his inner strength and courage.
Sniper King 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.
"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 his bare 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.
- Blue Eyes: While in Nami's body due to a "Freaky Friday" Flip, his eyes were represented as blue. Normally however, they're just black dots like most of the other male characters.
- 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 T Ime 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 - his Big Damn Heroes moments have become more frequent since the interim. A good example was him rushing off to save Tashigi from Vergo. He also has gotten extremely good at knowing whether to trust someone at first glance (an often-overlooked application of Kenbunshoku). He decided to put Kinemon back together when they first met, gaining a powerful ally just when they needed one. Almost subverted with Violet/Viola when she was sent to exploit his weakness for women, but then played straight when it was revealed that she was actually telling the truth when she said she needed him to kill a man for her. His own sincere intentions trigger her Heel-Face Turn - and her subsequent betrayal completely backfires on the Doflamingo Family. He then gets an impressive Big Damn Heroes moment by saving half his crew from Doflamingo (the man Viola wanted revenge on) not long after that. His new specialty looks like the perfect pairing to his The Chessmaster/ The Social Expert tendencies - elevating him almost to Magnificent Bastard territory. .
- 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.
- 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.