Fanfic / This Bites!

This Bites! is a One Piece Self-Insert Fan Fiction by Xomniac, with assistance from CV12Hornet and The Patient One. It is currently the most popular SI fic in the One Piece fandom, and the sixth most popular fic overall.

Musing on how cool it would be if he were in One Piece, fan fic writer and adrenaline junkie Jeremiah Cross has his wish granted by a (Bastard) Random Omnipotent Being. Marooned on a tropical island, he quickly forms a partnership with Soundbite, a Baby Transponder Snail that ate the Noise-Noise Fruit and, after swallowing and somehow assimilating Cross's iPhone, has the audio of the entire Internet at his disposal. The two of them soon cross paths with and join the Straw Hat Pirates as the communications officers, and though being a Muggle in a World of Badass proves to be exceedingly dangerous, Cross finds that the benefits are worth it.

Also found on Sufficient Velocity, Archive of Our Own, and Space Battles.

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Also, for those interested, an interview with the Cross-Brain held in August 2016.

Tropes contained in This Bites!:

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    Tropes A - C 
  • A Rare Sentence: Now has its own page. See here.
  • A Truce While We Gawk:
    • The battle between the Enies Lobby garrison and Galley-La, the Franky Family, the giants and the TDWS pauses when Nami, amped by Soundbite, proceeds to chew out Cross and Luffy for enjoying the Rocketman ride across to the Tower of Justice.
    • Hattori holds off on eviscerating Cross to let him broadcast Spandam's activation of the Buster Call and let the director dig a very deep hole for himself.
  • A Wizard Did It: Whenever people react to Soundbite being able to speak, Cross is able to erase any shock just by saying "Devil Fruit."
  • Accidental Misnaming: When the crew convinces Vivi to put their lives on the line along with hers to save Alabasta, Soundbite contributes by saying "ALL FOR ONE, ALL FOR ALL!" Word of God states that he misquoted on purpose:
    Xomniac: All of them for Vivi, all of them for all of Alabasta.
  • Accidental Truth:
    • Tashigi tries to throw the Marines off the Straw Hat Pirates' trail by sending them to Jaya... which is, in fact, their current location.
    • During the G-8 arc, Cross tells Sanji that he's glad he's 1/3rd secret agent. Since Cross never saw anything past Chapter 800, the conclusion of the Dressrosa Arc, he has no idea how close to the truth he really is.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Invoked, then averted. Cross doesn't tell Zoro that he's trying to cut through a diamond-hard seastone cage, because he thought if Zoro didn't know he couldn't do it, he might be able to. It doesn't work.
  • Action Survivor: Cross, fullstop. In comparison to his crewmates, he isn't really a fighter. All of the battles he gets that aren't against Mooks into generally devolve to running from his enemy until he finds a way to either lose them or knock them out safely. Even then, he gets pretty injured, as attested by his many scars. The true reason as to why he qualifies for this is the fact that he doesn't really need to put himself in danger - as attested by Smoker - but he does so anyway for the sake of his friends and beliefs.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Cross's reaction to the second time Soundbite scares him with his powers.
    • Miss Valentine's Day openly laughs at Cross's guess that she's Miss April Fool's Day.
    • Cross eventually manages to get Carue to admit this in response to Soundbite's powers letting him speak coherently… in Donald Duck's voice.
    • Carue laughs when Cross answers Vivi's pondering of what Robin's game was by saying, "At a guess, I'd say baccarat."
    • Usopp admits to this after Cross calls him a Tengu… though he promises that he's going to spike his food with hot sauce for the next week as payback.
    • The Whitebeard Pirates share a laugh when Cross says the easiest way to guarantee that Whitebeard came down on someone with an unholy vengeance was... stealing his sake.
    • Vivi admits that Cross telling Usopp to go for a swim in the White Sea (knowing that there is no bottom) was a little funny, though still not nice.
    • Enel says that despite Cross's blasphemy, the scary story prank he played on the crew was hilarious.
    • Jonathan falls off his chair when he hears what happened to Inspector Shepherd.
    • Tashigi gets the giggles against her will when she hears what kind of state the Straw Hats left G-8 in.
    • Buggy refuses to find any aspect of the Straw Hat crew funny... until Soundbite plays the full original Who's on First? routine over the SBS.
    • Cross spots Robin giggling at Brook's various skull jokes.
    • Cross's reaction to finding out he'd inadvertently created Mystery Incorporated, One Piece Edition.
    • Perona can't help but giggle at Donny and Brook pulling an Alas, Poor Yorick.
    • Nami's reaction to Perona successfully Tempting Fate and redirecting the backlash onto Cross.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Conis can apparently fight on the level of Captain McKinley of the White Berets.
    • Hattori is actually a dangerous assassin capable of using the Six Powers.
    • All of the Supernovas have considerably higher bounties than canon, along with there being more Supernovas as well.
    • With the canon reveal that Lola is Big Mom's daughter and thus from the New World, she knows Armament Haki.
  • Adult Fear: How else would you describe the emotions of all the Straw Hats' loved ones as the events against Lily Carnation are being broadcast to them and they have to listen to their children/friends/proteges slowly being digested?
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: A tidal wave of wax floods Rainbase at the end of Chapter 18, and it takes remarkably little time for there to be nowhere left to run.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Robin does this a lot to Merry in her human child form. The latter is slowly getting sick of it.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: In Chapter 24, Vivi says she's a fan of Robert Louis Stevenson, and Robin says that she's more fond of H.P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley.
  • Alien Catnip: Conis, as a Skypiean, has adapted to living in a low-oxygen environment. So when she ventures down to the Blue Sea, the high concentration of oxygen has her slurring and hiccuping like a drunk driver.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Seems to be the belief of Nami and demonstrated by the male members of the crew.
    • All Women Are Lustful: ... Then again there does seem to be quite a few moments where the female members of the crew are just as perverted as the male ones.
  • All of Them: Miss Valentine's response to how many ships will be sent after the Straw Hats for attacking Enies Lobby.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
    • In Chapter 31, the "1000th Review Spectacular!", the Bleeding Heart Bounty Hunters attack the Going Merry by human cannonballing themselves onboard. Unfortunately for them, they manage to press a few Berserk Buttons. The ensuing battle is so short it's painful.
    • Chapter 52 has the aftermath of the Thriller Bark arc, and a heroic example at that: so as to spit in the eye of Moria and his legacy, Lola has plans to co-opt Thriller Bark itself and turn it into a safe haven for pirates leagues better than Mock Town - named Skelter Bite.
  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • Every Straw Hat (with a ranged attack) assists in shooting down the World Government Flag. Every one.
    Cross: (holding up Lassoo) CANI-BLAST!
    Conis: (frigidly) Burn Bazooka.
    Sanji: APÉRITIF!
    • How the Six Powers interact to form the Six King Gun: using Iron Body and Paper-Art to balance strength, immobility, and flexibility, using the concepts of Moonwalk and Tempest Kick to feel and affect the air around oneself, using Shave to compress all the explosive movement into one single action, and Finger Pistol for the mentality to turn oneself into a living weapon.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Despite the outward appearance of arrogance, Foxy is not only a dangerous fighter, but has an intelligence network extensive enough to fill Apoo with dread. It's heavily implied that the only reason his bounty is so low is that he has been actively attempting not to make a name for himself.
    • Even though he's one of the weaker members, Blueno is the agent that Cross is adamant has to go down first due to his Devil Fruit.
    • For all their strength, as the ship guards the Kung-Fu Dugongs are technically the lowest ranking members of the crew. Boss deserves special mention, since he's outright stated to be just one notch below the Monster Trio in strength.
  • Alpha Strike: The Straw Hats unload one on an Awakened Moria.
  • Ancestral Weapon:
    • T-Bone's sword, passed down from commander to commander of the 13th Royal Marine Flotilla.
    • The Devil Fruits of the Alabastan Royal Guardians, kept within the kingdom's possession via a secret vault of fruit trees. Comprised of the Jackal, the Falcon, the Rage, the Grace, the Desert and the Storm.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Quoted in full by Dragon as he witnesses the Body Horror of the Straw Hats stuck in Lily Carnation.
    • Played for laughs; Spandam somehow remains conscious through all of Franky and Robin's graphic retribution - although it doesn't quite count, since he still can scream.
  • And That's Terrible: The Christmas Episode, at the tea party on Little Garden between Dorry, Brogy, Mr. 5, Miss Valentine, and Miss Goldenweek:
    Dorry: You do realize that we won't help you off this island just for tea, yes?
    Miss Goldenweek: That doesn't matter to me in the least, Mister Dorry. What matters is that today is Christmas, and neither of you have properly celebrated it for the past century. And that's terrible.
  • And This Is For...: Vivi beating up Mr. 2 in Chapter 20. She slugs him in the throat for hurting Usopp, breaks his nose for attacking her country, and then gives him a Groin Attack for his outfit.
  • Angrish: Sanji's reaction to his wanted poster is written in symbols and according to Soundbite, was complete gibberish.
  • Arc Words: What Cross first said to Smoker as part of his The Reason You Suck speech way back in Loguetown is recycled and refined in Alabasta, and afterwards used by Cross and Smoker himself multiple times to convince other Marines that the World Government is corrupt and need to be rebuilt from scratch.
    "A good Marine follows his orders to the letter and sacrifices everything for the sake of Justice, while a decent Marine sacrifices everything for the sake of all… even Justice, if it comes down to it."
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When a Marine tries to convince Kashi and Oimo that Cross is lying about Broggy and Dorry being free rather than in Impel Down and is using Soundbite's powers to fool them, Cross admits it is possible but there's just one problem.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In the Christmas Episode, Wiper binds and gags Aisa and uses her as the replacement for their broken Christmas Star. What did she do to earn this? Sneaking out to Upper Yard to gather Vearth, accepting a gift of roasted almonds from the Skypiean Conis rather than fighting to the death as a Shandoran should, and using her Mantra to figure out where they were hiding the Christmas presents. That last one is what makes Laki think the punishment is appropriate.
    • The example under And This Is For......
    • The list of offenses Drake levels against Cross ends with the illegal importation of South Birds, an endangered species.
    • While disrupting the Buster Call at Enies Lobby, Cross sows sabotage, mutiny, breaks in communication, and an impromptu birthday party for Akainu.
    • Included in the things that piss off Don Accino the most are Cross talking, the Hirunos, anyone messing with his children, and "those annoying little Brussels sprouts that always seem to unravel in his throat."
  • Arranged Marriage: Don Accino arranges one between his youngest daughter and an heir of the Hiruno famiglia so he can merge his family and theirs together for more manpower against the ever-growing competition between bounty hunter families.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Lassoo joins the Straw Hats in Chapter 22 at Mr. 4's request.
    • As do Conis and Su.
    • Smoker, Tashigi, Hina, T-Bone, Jonathan, and the people of G-8 all get larger roles due to being part of MI5.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: When Commander Drake asks if Vice Admiral Jonathan is alright after a meeting with Cross, Jonathan reminds him that he's a Vice Admiral whereas Cross is a member of a rookie crew and not a terribly strong member at that.
  • Asshole Victim: Several Marines come across the bound and Mugged for Disguise Inspector Shepherd during the Straw Hats infiltration of the base. None of them ever let him out of the closet he's stuffed in.
  • At Least I Admit It: Cross responds to Aokiji's accusation of being a demon by saying at least he's honest.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Soundbite quickly realizes that with his new transceiver, he can call every Transponder Snail in the world or none of them, no in-between.
    • Somewhat averted in the latest chapters when he realizes that he can both call people like a regular transponder snail, and also that he can create a 'dead zone' the size of say Enies Lobby where they are unable to receive the SBS broadcast and thus unable to preempt the attack.
  • Awesome by Analysis:
    • Scratchman Apoo figured out Soundbite's transponder number by a slight noise he makes during SBS broadcasts which told him what model the transponder is, then calling shops in Loguetown to find out who sold it.
      • During the Enies Lobby arc he was able to figure out that Foxy is allied with Cross and then coordinate an attack with both them and the Kung Fu Pirates on 'Task Force Cerberus' before they can join the forces on Enies Lobby.
    • Law determines Luffy isn't dead yet while fighting Lily Carnation because he can tell where each attack hit purely by sound and none are instantly fatal.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: When Cross meets up with Ace and tells him that his brother Sabo is alive, he ends up on the receiving end of Ace's Conqueror's Haki as a lie detector test. Cross describes it as a puny, insignificant human standing in front of the sun, a literal force of nature.
  • Backhanded Apology:
    • From the Straw Hats to Fukuro about his voice.
    • From Cross to Amigo Pirate Corto when taunting him incorrectly.
      Cross: Toro, to-! Oh, wait, my apologies! Allow me to be more appropriate: fatso, fatso!
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Cross gets the newspaper after Crocodile's uprising, he finds three bounty posters instead of two. The first two are for Luffy and Zoro as canon, and everyone thinks the third is Cross's, but it's only at the end that the readers find out that it's Vivi's.
    • On the SBS, Cross details the easiest way to make the Whitebeard Pirates mad enough to bring their entire might on someone's head... stealing their sake.
    • Cross uses this twice in quick succession when Robin tries to seduce answers out of him. First, he tells her that he'll answer all her questions if she does one thing: tell the Straw Hats about the day Ohara died. Second, when Robin asks if doing so will make him trust her, Cross answers no; he already trusts her.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison:
    • As they row away from Laboon:
      Usopp: Seriously! Is this thing so big that it didn’t notice a freaking cannon firing into it or is it just slow!?
      Cross: I think it’s more the former than the latter! After all, from my experience? The intelligence of animals can seriously surprise you at times!
      Soundbite: REPRESENT!
      Cross: After all, you’d expect a snail that can speak to have at least half a brain-cell…
      Soundbite: OI!
    • As Zoro and Cross wonder why Franky can't stay in Water 7:
      Zambai: Are you-! Right, one of you isn't local, the other's an idiot.
      Zoro: Hey, Cross isn't that dumb.
  • Balls of Steel: Absalom has these, unfortunately enough. Turns out even a Groin Attack by a Cute Bruiser can be No Selled if you can completely turn off your sense of pain.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Whatever the hell happened to Spandam when Robin and Franky finally got their hands on him is never outright stated. Though apparently, Spandam's ribs somehow ended up where his eyes are (or should be).
  • Batman Gambit:
    • In Chapter 21, Miss Friday corners Cross and Soundbite, but she doesn't know which of two curtains they're hiding behind. Soundbite produces an obvious sneeze from the curtain where they're hiding, prompting Miss Friday to shoot up the other stall, having learned not to trust her ears from the last encounter with the pair. Once she's out of bullets, Cross takes her down.
    • In Chapter 31, Soundbite tells everyone in earshot that a rat infestation is coming their way... causing Aisa to leap out of the barrel on the Merry she was stowing away in in fright.
    • Chapter 37 has Cross needing to find a way to get Kaku and Kalifa to reveal themselves, so he convinces Franky and Iceburg that Robin has no desire to awaken the hidden weapons, the risk of which is the whole reason they hid the Pluton blueprints. This leads to Franky taking out the blueprints to burn them, causing the two CP9 agents to make a grab for them. Cross then has Lassoo burn them, and taunts them, which results in them fully breaking cover.
    • In Chapter 39: "Black Bart" Bartolomeo attacks a Celestial Dragon then calls the World Government to taunt them. He gets the Five Elder Stars who proceed to send Akainu and five battleships after them. All to draw off some of the World Governments fire power so the Straw Hats can save Robin.
    • By broadcasting that Chopper has found Perona's real body and is planning to do Science to her, Perona flies back into her real body in a heartbeat to protect it. Of course, this means that when Chopper puts her to sleep for real, there is no way she's coming back out.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill:
    • In Chapter 18, Cross pulls this to outfox a trio of Marine Mooks.
    • In Chapter 32, Nami accidentally finds herself impersonating a Marine Captain and takes Drill Sergeant Nasty Up to Eleven as she yells at a Marine for bumping into her.
    • From the same chapter, in addition to what all the other crew are doing, Sanji and Luffy outsmart a group of Marines when they run away from Vice Admiral Jonathan by yelling in a panicked tone that Jessica (Jonathan's wife) just learned he's been throwing out the meals she made him. Which is true.
    • Cross had Soundbite use an approximation of Spandam's voice to order the Marines to shell the portion of the tower Spandam is in with mortars.
    • Cross and Soundbite pull off an entire series of these to tie up the Buster Call ships into shooting each other.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • At multiple points, Vice Admiral Jonathan wonders why he thought it was a good idea to let the Straw Hats stress test Navarone.
    • Fleet Admiral Sengoku wishes for the Straw Hats to engage in 'traditional piracy' and when he hears them doing just that over the SBS, he plans on saying prayers for those who'll end up losing their homes. Then he recognizes the voices/names on the broadcast and realizes exactly which island they're destroying— The Judicial Island, Enies Lobby, one of the Marines' three greatest strongholds.
      Cross: We're going to take a leaf out of the pages of the big black book of piracy! Only… It's not the edition you were hoping for. We're tearing this straight out of the Four Emperors' personal playbook: you touch one of ours? We fuck you up. This goes beyond a mere rescue mission, this… this is nothing short of a crusade. We are going to pummel the men stationed here. We are going to take back our archaeologist. And besides making the World Government look like the idiots they are in the process? We are going to burn this fucking island TO THE GODDAMN BEDROCK AND CAST IT INTO THE FUCKING ABYSS IT'S HANGING OVER, SENDING IT RIGHT BACK TO WHERE IT FUCKING BELONGS! WHO'S WITH ME!?
    • Jabra taunts Luffy in hopes of getting the best possible fight. Unfortunately for him, he did so by not just pressing Luffy's Berserk Button, but slamming it with a sledgehammer. No-Holds-Barred Beatdown ensues.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Cross gives a News Coo he meets a 900 Berry tip when he buys a 100 Berry newspaper from him. Then after the Alubarna battle, said News Coo, named Coo, gives Cross an edition of tomorrow's paper due to the very raw deal that the Straw Hats and Vivi are getting.
  • Berserk Button: Cross has a great habit of stomping on these to get people all riled up.
    • Do not insult Tashigi's womanhood if you have any interest in not being castrated.
    • Do not insult Emporio Ivankov in front of Mr. 2.
    • Do not disparage Donquixote Doflamingo in front of Bellamy, or worse, tell Bellamy that Doflamingo will never respect him.
    • Do not touch Nami's tangerine trees unless you have her express permission. Soundbite apparently took a single leaf once in the past, and whatever happened put him off of them for good.
    • Do not insult Sengoku's choice of goats as a pet. Not even if you're Akainu.
    • Do not harm Luffy if you have any interest in not being slaughtered by his family. While listening to the SBS broadcast of the events on the Secret Island, Squardo and Whitey Bay had to keep their Haki up lest they be incinerated just by being near Ace. Garp got to the point where he was prepared to rip Lily apart with his bare hands. Dragon had no doubt that Luffy would win, but nonetheless swore to kill Lily if Luffy didn't.
    • Do not touch one of the Straw Hats. You Wouldn't Like Them When They're Angry.
    Soundbite: Did you really think we would TAKE THIS SHIT LYING DOWN? THEY WANT TO PLAY DIRTY, that's their problem. BUT WHEN THEY TAKE ONE OF OURS... we fight BLOODY.
    Cross: You touch one of ours? We fuck you up.
    • Do not mention "sins of the father" anywhere near Ace unless you want to be extra crispy.
    • Do not look down on Jabra because you think he's weak. He gets enough of it from Lucci, and it really gets under his skin.
    • Do not make light of a life-or-death struggle in front of Kalifa; she takes her assassination work very seriously. And thanks to Cross, really don't call her "bubbly".
    • Amazingly, even the Dirty Coward Smug Snake Spandam has one: Do not insult his father.
    • Do not insult Hogback's intelligence.
    • Do not tell Fire Zombie Bill that he's not funny.
    • Do not mess with Bearsy whenever Perona is around, and especially don't call either of them creepy.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Vivi. It was scary enough when she got angry at Cross for lying to her face about where the Rebel Army was (for good reason, and she apologizes for it later), but after escaping Rain Dinners and Smoker decides to try arresting the Straw Hats...well.
    Tashigi was downright quaking in her boots by this point, the woman who had fearlessly cut down an assassin not an hour ago looking ripe to piss her pants. Smoker’s external reaction was one of stoic calm, but I could see the sweat dripping from his temple, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t from the heat.
    • What makes this doubly impressive is that, for the first time, Vivi invokes her family name as one of the 20 original world-creating kingdoms to do so.
    • Later Vivi fantasizes (to the point of drooling) over having a Buster Call initiated on a World Government island like Enies Lobby.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • The Water 7 doctor states (shouts) that even with a rubber body, it makes no sense at all that Luffy is still alive after his fight with Lucci, especially as he accumulated so much fatigue he should have lost consciousness two days ago despite the fight having been yesterday.
    • After Luffy mistakes Coby for Natsu Dragneel, Cross blows up at his captain's stupidity transcending time and space. And then Garp proves himself even stupider by broadcasting Luffy's parentage on live radio.
  • Big Ball of Violence:
    • Luffy and Lassoo get into a brawl when Cross orders Lassoo to maul him after Luffy ruins his second favorite jacket. The two end up in "a nigh cartoonish ball of violence, dust cloud and all."
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Quoted in full by Boss, Franky, and Cross/Soundbite as they join the battle on the Bridge of Hesitation.
    • Sanji does this several times, once to save Cross from a raptor, another to save Nami, Vivi, Merry and Carue from Absalom.
  • Big Eater: A standard part of One Piece is that Luffy has a ridiculous appetite. Frame of reference from when the crew learns from Crocus Baroque Works was trying to kill Laboon for a food supply that would last a few years for their town, which contains around 100 people:
    Luffy: (flat look at Crocus) That's just stupid. This guy could only feed them for three weeks, tops.
    Cross: (flat look at Luffy) Your answer terrifies me beyond all belief for so many reasons.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Everyone's response to when, after the Grand Line's weather between Reverse Mountain and Whiskey Peak, Zoro complains about them waking him up for that and asks if they could have handled it themselves.
    • In the Break Them by Talking below, Cross finally makes Vivi snap by accusing her of being a bounty hunter out of sadistic pleasure, resulting in this.
    • This is the crew's response when Cross breaks out the Stink Bomb bug repellent lotion on Little Garden. Cross vetos it.
    • This is the crew's response when Cross threatens to use his new foghorn to make an enraged Nami calm down enough to listen to reason.
  • Big "YES!": Cross when Luffy orders all of the Straw Hats to shoot down the World Government flag in Chapter 39.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...:
    • After escaping an Inevitable Waterfall, Nami asks if anyone else has any more impending disasters. These are the responses she gets: "Nope!; NO thanks!; No...; Not at all, Nami-swan!; Cross is gonna be the third mate.; I'm good..."
    • When the Straw-Hats all join in in blasting down the WG flag, Vivi doesn't join in for lack of a proper long-ranged attack. Why does this count? Because Boss, who is after her, does.
  • Body Horror:
    • The aftermath of Enel's Electric Torture practically melts Cross's skin inside his armor.
    • Lily Carnation.
    • Moria's Nidhogg form.
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • After Tashigi knocks out Mr. 3 in Chapter 19:
    Tashigi: That was for my men, you bastard...
    • Nami to Kalifa in chapter 37:
    Nami: Science lesson: be it a cloud or a body, Iron still conducts electricity.
    • Conis to Captain Sharinguru in chapter 41:
    Conis: We're all the heroes of our own story. Guess the world just found mine more interesting than yours.
  • Bothering by the Book: After Vivi paralyzes Spandam, his Marine escort calmly stand back and wait for him to recover as he's the only one allowed to open the Gates of Justice.
  • Brain Bleach:
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A minor case in Chapter 25 when Cross says that he couldn't make up the events that he was reporting if he tried. Soundbite, or perhaps B.R.O.B. possessing him again, noted the irony.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • Cross's words are undoubtedly his most dangerous weapon; every time someone allows him to open his mouth, it proves to be more than they can handle. Vivi's masquerade as Miss Wednesday? Broken. Smoker and Tashigi's faith in the Navy's justice? Broken. Aokiji's unflappably nonchalant demeanor? Broken. Kaku and Kalifa's flawless masquerades? Broken. Hogback's intention not to tell the world about Thriller Bark? Broken. And those are just the ones he did on purpose.
    • Aokiji's canon lecture to Robin still counts, but it's the last words he says to Robin that really count, as they shatter Robin's faith in the crew she had found.
      Aokiji: You've found people who will protect you, Nico Robin. They're willing to take on the world for you, of that I have no doubt. But can they win? I seriously doubt that.
    • They manage to repair the damage some, but ultimately, Enies still happens.
    • Robin utilizes this against Spandam to slow him down on the Bridge of Hesitation. It doesn't turn out well for her.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In Chapter 6, Cross does some Tempting Fate that turns into Retroactive Wishing, ending with him wishing that a billion berries would fall from the sky. Nothing happens, and Cross loudly objects to the divine being not following the Rule of Three. But in the Christmas Episode, it turns out that a billion berries DID fall from the sky…onto Johnny and Yosaku.
    • In Chapter 15, after Mr. 2 leaves and Vivi berates herself for not recognizing him based on the description she heard, Cross sarcastically asks Vivi if she wants him to suggest memory exercises then or wait for her to forget some touchy nation's customs. In Chapter 25, she rushes through a translation manual... and accidentally insults some touchy nation's customs.
    • In Chapter 23, Cross first calls Koala "cuddly" over the SBS and she immediately vows revenge. In Chapter 44, she gets her chance.
    • During preparations of the Accino-Hiruno wedding, Luffy comes up with an exceedingly complicated rope invention for him to get to the food, only for Vivi to hogtie him before he can trigger it. After the Straw Hats get away, Luffy finally manage to set it off.
  • Bring It:
    • Cross's reaction when they arrive in Alabasta, and he reflects on why they're there, and what's ahead of them.
    • Bartolomeo's reaction after taunting the Five Elder Stars.
    • Su shouts this to get the Thriller Bark Surprise Zombie ambush going:
    • Cross does this to the Amigo Pirates when he takes them all on by himself.
  • Brown Note:
    • Soundbite learns to produce a sound that causes extreme nausea and disorientation in everyone who hears it, enabling Cross to take them down easier. He and Cross christen it "Gastro-Phony" (going off of cacophony) in Chapter 25.
    • When DJ Gappa of Baron Omatsuri's crew, possessed by Lily, broadcasts on the SBS to invite them to come to their island, the sheer fakeness being broadcasted sends chills up everyone's spine.
      • To say nothing of what happens when anyone tries calling Soundbite while on the island. All they get is a completely unholy sound, with a hint of something underneath. What? 
  • Buccaneer Broadcaster: In Chapter 22, B.R.O.B. gifts Cross with a Snail Transceiver, an outlawed piece of technology that allows Soundbite to broadcast to every other Transponder Snail in the world. The chapter's end heralds the birth of the Strawhat Broadcasting Station (SBS).
    • Then there becomes a Buccaneer Broadsheet as well: Coo and a few of his News Coo colleagues begin collaborating with Scratchman Apoo to create a newspaper that prints the truth, named the Free Feather Report.
    • Then, in Chapter 24, Soundbite begins what he confirms is going to be a Running Gag by interrupting and intercepting Cross whenever he tries to start the SBS.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Kaku tries to invoke this for why the Straw Hats shouldn't challenge the CP9. Cross points out that as pirates, they fight the World Government as a matter of principle, furthermore the two are both outnumbered and outgunned.
    • Spandam's habit of this comes back to bite him when Franky and Robin are given free access to him with no one around who's capable of stopping them.
    • Corto of the Amigo Pirates tries to talk his brother and captain Largo out of attacking the Little East Blue and the attending Straw Hats, but Largo still decides to go through with it on account of their patron being a veteran and rival of Gold Roger himself, fully confident in the gift he gave them.
  • Butt Biter:
    • Soundbite's Establishing Character Moment; Chapter 1 ends with him chewing on Cross's ass.
    • Merry in her child form; she bites Garp hard enough to leave marks.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ironically, Cross is this to the Straw Hats, especially after his antics which oft lead him being the target of either Nami or Vivi's ire. However, ever since taking Dr. Kureha's vitamins, Cross has upgraded to...
    • Iron Butt Monkey: Where he has withstood many an attack that should've killed him. Cross even lampshades it:
      Cross: Did it say bad things about the past few weeks that an impact that should have, by all rights, split my head like an egg only hurt a little more than a common bump? Yes, by god yes.
  • Call-Back:
    • Cross threatens Zoro with Chopper's medicine in Alabasta, causing Zoro to remark "So many colors, and I couldn't cut any of them." Later in Skypiea, Zoro threatens Cross with the same, prompting Cross to mutter, "So many colors, and none of them would listen." Lampshaded by Soundbite of course.
    • When Sanji is informed that Princess Shirahoshi is underage and thus out of his range unless he wants to be a creep, he screams "CURSE YOU, FATHER TIME! CUUUURSE YOOOOUUUU!" Later, when Nami learns that a defeated Enel had flown off to the moon along with all her gold, she screams "CURSE YOU, ENERU! CUUUURSE YOOOOUUUU!" Bonus points for Soundbite responding with a deadpan "Seriously?"
    • Cross tells Nami that her facing down Crocodile directly would lead to her being eviscerated in 10 seconds (8 to monologue, 1 to laugh, and 1 for the eviscerating). Nami repeats this for what the sea will do to them if they try finding a Knock-Up Stream without the help of a South Bird.
    • When one of the Alabastan guards calls Cross and Soundbite scary for torturing the Unluckies with Vogon poetry, Cross responds with "Pi~ra~te." Later in the story, Robin responds with the exact same phrase when Cross calls her out for playing dirty.
  • Call-Forward:
    • After Cross receives the Snail Transceiver at the end of the Alabasta Arc, he comments that the odds of him finding a manual for the thing are about the same as Buggy becoming a Warlord. One wonders if he was trying to Tempt Fate...
    • During the G-8 arc, Cross tells Sanji that he's glad he's 1/3rd secret agent. Given that the Vinsmoke family is made up of assassins...
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
  • Calling Your Attacks: In Chapter 15, Luffy, Usopp, Chopper, and even Zoro insist that Cross and Soundbite come up with names for their techniques.
    • In Chapter 21, they finally begin doing so.
    • Parodied by Conis in chapter 38. Since all of her attacks use guns, she simple announces which gun she's firing just before she does.
  • Can't Fire/Imprison You, Still Need You: Sengoku is very emphatic that literally the sole reason he has not dishonorably discharged and/or imprisoned Akainu is because his abilities are too vital to the Marines.
  • Captivity Harmonica: When Vivi and Nami are locked in cell at G-8, Soundbite pipes in harmonica music. When Vivi yells at him cut it out, he opts for playing "Jailhouse Rock" instead.
  • Casual Danger Dialog:
    • Chapter 7, while navigating the Grand Line's weather for the first time, after Cross has finished expressing how much he loves feeling alive, Nami snaps for him to get to work:
    Usopp: What happened to you enjoying living your dream?!
    Cross: (quietly) Nami's not a part of that dream, she's a goddamn course hazard!
    Soundbite: Headstrong! NOT SUICIDAL!
    • Chapter 39, while fighting against the soldiers of Enies Lobby.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The weakest potential CP9 agent, Nero, turns out to be a lot more important than anyone realised: In addition to Kalifa and Kaku's Devil Fruits, there was a third one in Spandam's possession meant for Nero when he got back to Enies Lobby. But since Nero was knocked out and never made it, that Devil Fruit sat in Spandam's office until Cross reached it and stole it, and it turned out to be the exact kind needed to turn Merry human and thus save her life.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • In Chapter 17, Cross tries to encourage Nami, who's still worried about her skills even with the Clima-Tact nearing completion, by telling her that she must have picked up a lot of useful skills during her run as a thief. Two chapters later, after For Want of a Nail leaves most of the Straw Hats trapped in the cage under Rain Dinners with no Mr. 3 to break them out, she remembers that talk and utilizes one such skill: lockpicking.
      Nami: Crocodile might be a criminal mastermind, but he is a cheap bastard when it comes to locks. A South Blue double-tumbler deadlock without any of the typical security features or precautions one might expect? Please. I almost felt insulted.
    • Ever since Cross recruited Lassoo as his new partner and weapon, he's been training to carry him without much strain. By Little East Blue, Cross has noted that although all of Lassoo's new upgrades has increased his weight to about 2 tons, Cross can carry him around no sweat, which says a lot about how strong he is now.
  • Christmas Episode: Between Chapters 14 and 15.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • Chapter 12 ends with Cross finding out that he's subconsciously spilled his guts about things that he shouldn't know for days, and Sanji is nearby saying that they need to talk.
    • Chapter 22 ends with Vivi telling the world that she has been accused of treason.
    • Chapter 23 ends with Cross bound and gagged and Chopper having apparently gone mad and about to dissect him.
    • Chapter 24 ends with the ship tilting and Usopp screaming that the Kraken is attacking them.
    • Chapter 25 ends with the sky falling onto the Straw Hats (the start of the Skypiea arc).
    • Chapter 26 ends with an escaped Mr. 13 and Ms. Friday tracking Cross to Jaya and prepared to tear him and Soundbite limb from limb.
    • Chapter 29 ends with Enel appearing where Cross is and blasting him with lightning. And then the Cross-Brain goes on hiatus for the next week due to oncoming exams.
    • Chapter 31 ends with the Straw Hats landing in Marine base G-8 on the island of Navarone.
    • Chapter 34 ends with the Straw Hats running into Aokiji.
    • Chapter 35 shows this not in the actual chapter, but the first preview the fanfic ever had that came after it. The Straw Hats get hold of a poster of a certain...festive island. What makes this even more of a cliffhanger? Cross never actually saw the movie, just the poster of it. Yes, he saw a picture of this, without realizing that the movie itself involved this.
    • Chapter 37 ends with Robin still handing herself to CP9 to keep the crew safe, along with Cross's transceiver.
    • Chapter 41 ends with Sengoku and the Marine Fleet arriving at Enies Lobby. And he's pissed.
    • Chapter 43 ends with Blackbeard declaring he'll be Pirate King in front of Aokiji and a captured Ace, Whitey and Squardo, with Cross none the wiser, as Aokiji's Hie Hie no Mi doesn't show up on a Vivrecard. Extremely dick move on Aokiji's part; he approached Cross earlier, shaken by the revelations of Spandam's black book, begging for advice - and was told to stop being a doormat. He crawls away with his tail between his legs without saying a word.
    • Chapter 44 ends with the Straw Hats trapped by the Accinno family.
    • Chapter 50 ends with Soundbite outright panicking. The reason? Moria just Awakened his Devil Fruit.
    • Chapter 51 ends with Cross realizing someone had to wake up Moria even after being heavily sedated only for Kuma to appear behind him before everything goes black after one touch.
    • Chapter 54 ends with Hina calling T-Bone about a problem, and the chapter preview shows the beginning of One Piece Film: Strong World.
  • Clothing Damage: Implied to be the result of Cross playing with a newly-acquired Flame Dial... with Nami and Vivi being the unfortunate recipients. Su implies the same thing happened to Conis at one time.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • Cross's reaction when he's inserted into One Piece.
    • Cross's breathlessly relieved reaction after leaving Smoker's presence following his "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Soundbite's deafening reaction to finding out that the salt-filled vial that Kureha gagged him with was, in fact, filled with sugar instead.
    • Chopper's reaction to being told he has five minutes to get Kobato roused and on their side before several injured Marines arrive. It even leaves Soundbite speechless.
    • Nami's (thankfully-censored) reaction when she uses the Impact Dial during the Davy Back Fight. Live on the SBS, much to her loved ones' frustration.
    • Jabra drops a long one over the idea of not getting to finally fight Luffy after waiting since the Davy Back Fights.
    • Cross gives one as a big Bring It to the Marine reinforcements swarming at them at the climax of the Enies Lobby arc.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Blueno tries to avoid entering his dimension to fight Sanji by throwing a couple grenades in via a hand sized door.
  • Combination Attack: Soundbite, after his Awakening, has a couple with Cross's other partner-weapons, Lassoo and Funkfreed.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • After Alabasta is out of sight, Nami looks back with tears based on what was yet to come. Cross tries to console her...
      Nami: No, Cross, it's not that…It's just… looking back… I… I think that the crocodile on top of Rain Dinners might have been solid gold.
      • So much so, that it's Vivi that gives her the Dope Slap.
    • While listening to Vivi talk on the SBS about how a ruler's anger needs to be cold, controlled and legendary, Hancock concludes that her anger isn't legendary enough.
    • When a doctor declares that during Enies Lobby, Luffy took "48 hours of Olympic-grade fatigue in a sixth the time" and should, by all right, be dead, Cross is surprised they have the Olympics.
    • When Apis suggests the Barto Club play a game of strip poker, she thinks their shocked stares are because she said it wrong. She did not, of course; she's simply too ill-informed from Miss Goldenweek to understand the meaning of the game.
    • Vivi manages to be a complete tyrant while managing the Accino wedding ceremony, which Cross and Soundbite call her out on.
      Vivi: In my defense, I was just trying to make this wedding the best it could be!
      Cross: We were supposed to tank the wedding, you blue-haired bimbo! The Accino kids wanted to make sure their sister didn't get married!
    • When told she has an incredibly dark and twisted mind, Robin doesn't get why she would be offended by that.
  • Comically Small Demand: While it wasn't intended as such, Cross's demand for flags that the Accino family stole turns out to be this. They're the ones who have to clean them all the time; Arbell outright says she'd rather eat her skirt than clean one more flag.
  • Compelling Voice: Sovereign's Will, a variation of Conqueror's Haki that Vivi unlocks. Everyone who hears it is forced to follow her orders, no questions asked.
  • Compensating for Something: Soundbite tells a variation of this to "Big Knife" Sarquiss; that his knife isn't big enough for him to compensate with.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • How was Vivi to know that they'd show up at Water 7 right when the Aqua Laguna would be coming in on the next day? Well, knowing the Straw Hats' luck...
    • While fighting on the Bridge of Hesitation, of all the dropped swords he could pick up, Cross ended up grabbing Funkfreed, which he lampshades. Fortunately, he turns it to his advantage and convinces Funkfreed to join him.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In order for her to apologize properly for harming her father, Vivi requests that Robin write him a 20-page-long apology... with her real hands.
  • Cosmic Lottery Winner: Through all his Tarot Troubles during the battle against Baron Omatsuri, Basil Hawkins sees this with Luffy, as no matter how he shuffles his deck, all the cards representing hope and victory end up at the top and the one representing disaster ends up on the bottom.
  • Counting to Potato: Chapter 23. Maybe a typo, maybe not:
    Cross: (to Lassoo) Hey, fine by me. One, the stronger I get the more damage I can take and dish out, and B. I want to be able to tote around a badass cannon like you.
  • Covert Pervert: Nami and Vivi who certainly don't mind Zoro training shirtless.
    • Vivi and her "magazines" about hentai.
    • Robin muses about royals and their...excesses after Vivi learns to use Sovereign's Will. It could have been just teasing, but then, it is Robin.
  • Crack Fic: Consider:
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Mr. 3, when he catches up to Cross and Soundbite in Rainbase, had learned from his experience with Soundbite's powers, so he came prepared: breath control to keep him from hearing his breath, a wax vest to mask his heartbeat, and earplugs to guard against Soundbite's distractions. The Unluckies, Ohm, and the Foxy Pirates are among others who used forewarning to guard against Soundbite's powers.
    • Cross manages to a lesser extent due to knowing most of the plot up to Dressrosa, such as saving most of the gold they got from Skypiea to both repair/save Merry and purchase Keimi.
  • Cry Cute: Averted. When Robin breaks down in tears at Enies Lobby, Cross calls it "messy, loud, and ugly" but insists it was absolutely beautiful for it's complete and undeniable sincerity.
  • Cryptic Conversation:
    • During the 1000 Review special, Cross asks his future-self Wyvern if he's caused anything Nine Minutes-ish. Fans of the story know he's asking if he caused a Bad Future.
    • In Chapter 30, when Cross and Nami end up on Eneru's ship as he's about to take off to destroy Skypiea and then sail to the moon, Cross's reaction is to get a Vision Dial ready for the show. His response to Nami's rage? "Hey, Nami, did you ever pass on my request to Usopp to upgrade my armor with rubber sleeves? It would have come in handy earlier." When she understands that what he's saying is that Luffy is immune to Eneru's powers, and what he's preparing to take pictures of is Luffy beating Eneru down—and, in the same vein, that Luffy is on the way—she matches his Slasher Smile.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The Bellamy Pirates' assault on Cricket's home ends like this. All it takes is Soundbite's Gastro-Phony and Gastro-Blast techniques, and the whole crew is out with Cross or Luffy hardly having to lift a finger.
    • Thanks to Cross's foreknowledge and cunning, Soundbite's listening, Lassoo's trick ammo and the rest of the crew's defensive reflexes, Satori is sent flying without even laying a hand (or ball) on the crew.
    • Jabra slammed on Luffy's Berserk Button as hard as he could in hopes of getting the fight of his life. The resulting Death Glare makes him fully aware that it was a fatal mistake, and what follows isn't so much a fight as a massacre.
  • Curse Cut Short: Very common. Most usually the following:
    Assorted: CROSS, YOU SON OF A -!!
  • Cutaway Gag: When Don Accino wants to know how Lil managed to get up onto a lamp in his flag collection room, the scene cuts away to Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private exchanging toasts to Lil.
  • Cutting the Knot: Cross's main strength as a tactician; he works best when he's allowed to work outside the box. It's why he's no good at strategy games like chess; he feels he works better when he's allowed to flip the table.

    Tropes D - G 
  • Dark Reprise: In Chapter 43, the narration shows Blackbeard's declaration that he'll be King of the Pirates. However, instead of filling the air with a resonance of pure fact, like what Luffy's declaration does to Cross, it fills everyone watching with existential dread.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Tashigi throws darts at a certain blond's wanted poster.
  • Dead Guy Puppet: One of Moria's new Awakened abilities is the power to infuse dead bodies with inert shadows rather than living shadows and commands them with his will, making them into Draugrs. Soundbite even calls them "literal meat-puppets".
  • Deadly Dodging: When Cross insults Bellamy to get him to spring at him full-speed, he hits the floor so that Bellamy ends up crashing into Mr. 13 who's chasing him from behind.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Internally, Cross panics often when something panic-worthy happens. Externally, the only nervousness he usually shows is a fake smile; he often snarks about whatever they're going through.
  • Death Glare: Remembering his vow when he came to Little Garden, Cross gives one to Sanji when he objects to Cross stopping him from attacking a T-Rex for their hunting contest. He then turns his gaze on said T-Rex…who begins sweating.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Kaku tries to invoke this, asking if there's a vacancy in the Straw Hat crew after Zoro beats him, only to be told that they had Franky lined up to be their shipwright, though Zoro does still say that Luffy would let him join if he really wanted to.
    • Though it's played straight later, when T-Bone defeats Lucci in one-on-one combat to swear his and CP9's loyalty to the New World Masons.
  • Defeated Mid-Sentence:
    • Mr. 3 in Chapter 19. He focused all of his attention on Cross, giving Tashigi the opportunity to slash him from behind.
    • Mr. 2 in Chapter 20, twice. First, when he's about to kill Cross, Chaka comes out of nowhere and saves him. Then when he's going on about how he's not defeated yet, Vivi delivers a few punches, knocking him down the stairs of Alubarna.
  • Defector from Decadence:
    • In the face of the Marines' undeniable corruption, Smoker, Tashigi and Hina form the group Marine Integrity 3 (or MI3), to bring down the World Government and restore true justice to the Marines. Their ranks have swelled ever since, with Captain T-Bone and Vice-Admirals Jonathan and Tsuru joining them.
    • Ever since the broadcast of Saul's actions caused the Giant contingent of the Marines to revolt, the Giant Marines have been looked at suspiciously by their colleagues. Them accidentally letting the Accinos into Alabasta without proper permission is The Last Straw for Vice-Admiral Lacroix, and he and the rest of the Giant Squad decide to mutiny and rejoin the Giant Warrior Pirates rather than have any more pressure from the higher-ups on their ass.
  • Defiant to the End: Even after enduring countless shocks and staring down Enel's 100,000,000 Volt Vari, Cross does not back down, and his last effort is to spit in his face.
    • Bartolomeo and his crew intend to make Boa Hancock remember them for the rest of her life when they see her ship heading straight for them.
  • Delayed "Oh, Crap!":
    • Akainu brushes off Garp's remarks that he vaguely remembers the name Baron Omatsuri, until the latter yells at him that if he vaguely remembers it, that means it was someone he knew in his prime, back when he was hunting Gol D. Roger in the New World. Akainu promptly starts helping search the old records.
    • While on the Rocketman, Mr. 13 and Miss Friday try to attack Cross again but realize too late that roughly the entire crew is present.
    • The Giant Squad of the Marines has one when, in the process of blockading the now-Revolutionary Alabasta, they let the Accino's enter the country on the premise of capturing Chaka and Pell for their bounties. It takes two days for them to entertain the idea that the Accinos might have been lying.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Everyone's reaction when Soundbite communes with the Florian Triangle and reveals it's not as malevolent as everyone thought. In fact, if treated well, it's downright pleasant.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After the B.R.O.B. that put Cross in One Piece in the first place gets on Soundbite's line, Luffy has a few choice words for him:
    Luffy: STAY AWAY FROM MY CREW! (slams the mic down hard enough to crack the floor)
    • After attacking a Celestial Dragon's ship and stealing its Transponder Snail, Bartolomeo calls up the highest ranking member of the World Government it knows to taunt them. Then he learns he just taunted the Five Elder Stars.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Kuma's appearance on Thriller Bark at the end of Chapter 51 genuinely caught Cross by surprise, as he was under the impression that he had saved Ace from being captured by Blackbeard, and as such, Blackbeard didn't become a Warlord and Kuma didn't need to show up and report it to Moria.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • A dramatic example occurs when Cross finds a way to potentially save Merry by having her eat a Devil Fruit. Namely, he has no idea how to let her eat it. Fortunately, a solution is presented.
    • Almost averted, but not quite when the Straw Hats plan to trap Absalom in a flooding room. Merry took into account everything, including his animal muscles and the firepower he could carry, and reinforced the room accordingly... except for the facts that his muscles allow him to carry a lot more firepower than normal, and that the water pressure of the flooding room would help his efforts.
    • Fire Zombie Bill is defeated after stealing Donny's snack and eating it. Said snack was onigiri, which is made with salt.
    • Vivi and Conis's request to learn the Poneglyph language from Robin has one little caveat: that one of Robin's long-suppressed childhood dreams was to be a teacher. And her finally getting the chance has her Squeeing like a little girl with her dolls.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Garp's reaction to Merry and Cross for humiliating him on the SBS? Forge Sengoku's signature so the former gets a bounty for chomping on his ass, and the latter gets one of the highest bounties in the world. As in, "only Dragon and the Four Emperors have higher bounties" high.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Cross's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Aokiji has the latter decide to kill him.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Ryuma used to cut towers in half on accident while practicing at Thriller Bark.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Cross offers to let Fukuro go if he simply stands down, as he wasn't involved in Robin's kidnapping and is Just Following Orders. Fukuro admits that he'd gladly take them up on the offer if not for Lucci's orders to fight them; while the Straw Hats scare him, the leopard-man scares him more.
  • Don't Think, Feel:
    • Ace's instructions to the crew on how to unlock Haki follow this vein:
      Observation's Haki: Listen really hard.
      Armament's Haki: Concentrate willpower really hard.
      Conqueror's Haki: Hell if I know, I've always just gone with my f%cking gut!
      • It's hard to tell if he was trolling Cross or actually trying to explain; a very furious Cross believes it's the former, but Zoro thought that the directions were reasonable.
    • Perona's advice to help Brook relearn Astral Projection.
  • Dope Slap:
  • Double Take:
    • Cross performs one while observing what a nice day it is in Water 7:
      The sun was shining...
      The seagulls were cawing...
      Clouds were drifting...
      Miss Friday was eating water-water meat on the railing of that upcoming bridge...
      . . .
      Waaaaaaaaait a second.
    • And another one when they're having a party in the Florian Triangle and he suddenly notices Brook partying among them.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Low-key compared to most, but Yoko from Little East Blue still hates all pirates for killing her Marine father, and especially Cross's SBS saying that there's corruption in the Marines for disparaging her father's profession. Once they meet, Cross soon clarifies himself.
  • Dramatic Irony: Due to his knowledge only going to the tail end of Dressrosa, Cross is unaware of events beyond it and unknowingly upsets Sanji when he comments that maybe the Germa 66 aren't as bad as the Marines are making them out to be.
  • Drowning Pit: Merry converts the girls' bathroom into one for Absalom that Nami and Vivi lure him into with a mirage. It almost works, but Merry forgot to take into account that Absalom's Arm Cannons are the equivalent of bazookas, and the subsequent frailty of the door to the water pressure.
  • Dub Name Change: The author/authors have a tendency to use the Funimation spellings for some of the characters' names.
    • They use the spelling of Broggy for Brogy's name (pronounced BRAW-gee both ways).
    • They use the spelling of Eneru for Enel's name (pronounced IHN-er-oo both ways).
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Done by Cross one time when ending the SBS.
    Cross: So, until next time, this is Soundbite—
    Soundbite: And Jeremiah CroWAIT, WHAT?
  • Dungeon Bypass: Conversed at the end of Chapter 46; the crew asks Cross if they could skip the next arc, but they quickly change their tune when Cross tells them exactly what's at stake.
  • Dynamic Entry:
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Now has its own page. See here.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Nami, Vivi, and Robin all rather enjoy how often Zoro ruins a shirt during his training and neglects to put a new one on.
  • Electric Torture: This is what Enel effectively delivers to Cross.
  • Enemy Mine: Cross and Tashigi team up in Chapter 19 to take down Mr. 3.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • With the amount of political trouble Cross has stirred up, Dragon wonders what he was a student of in the other world, considering political science, business or philosophy. Cross simply replies that he loves a good story.
    • Cross incorrectly assumes that Arbell and Salchow are the ones that need to be wed to cement the Accino-Hiruno political alliance. They're already married; it's Lil that's the bride.
  • Epic Fail:
    • While stalling Wapol, Cross attempts to kick him away in the garbage-can like form he takes midway through his Slim-Up Wapol technique. It might have worked if that form didn't compress Wapol's mass into a singular point, but as it is, it only results in a lot of pain in his foot.
    • When Ace and Luffy battle the Billions, one of them fires a cannon at Ace. Instead of dodging in his fire state, Ace tries to pull a Garp and catch the cannonball. It doesn't kill him, but neither does it work.
  • Eureka Moment: In Chapter 51, when dealing with Moria's Awakened Devil Fruit powers, Su snarks that Soundbite is as helpless as the rest of them even though he's on the same level. This causes Soundbite to snap and go into a rant that he's still a snail and his powers still have limits, and that Awakened abilities take god-tier amounts of energy to use, topped off by saying even Moria's pushing it since he just Awakened, and that even if he had ten times his normal energy, Soundbite wouldn't be able to use as much power as Moria's using for ten minutes without burning out. Upon reaching those last two words, Cross and Soundbite realize how to beat Moria.
    Cross: (high-eying Soundbite) And that is why we stick together!
    Soundbite: That and you wipe my ass!
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Humorously invoked by Cross while confronting a slimmed-down Wapol.
    Cross: No... no, the World Government is filled with monsters, but not even they would be inhuman enough to let a chin like that exist.
    • The broadcasting of the horror that is Baron Omatsuri and Lily Carnation has Moria horrified, Buggy panicked, CP9 aghast, Blackbeard outright incensed, and Sengoku and Akainu in full agreement that the island needs to be Buster Called to high hell.
    • Some of the CP9 are noted as looking highly uncomfortable while listening to Robin tell the story of Ohara.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Soundbite is a prankster who doesn't care a whit about being racist with the voices he gives to other animals. He does, however, have the decency to be sensitive and somber when it comes to matters involving death. Notable is his utter disgust when Vice Admiral Onigumo orders a battleship destroyed in hopes of killing Luffy.
    • Christmas brings out the best in everybody; the Baroque Works agents call a truce with the Little Garden giants (albeit at Miss Goldenweek's…insistence), Kohza and Cobra acknowledge a Christmas truce, heck, even Crocodile gets in on it by spending an extortionate amount of money to buy Robin a gift. The only one who's not shown being kinder is Doflamingo...and even he's a small step above his typical tyranny for those who know his true colors.
    • Cross himself is an adrenaline junkie that laughs in the face of near-death, but even he freaks out when he sees a ghost ship worthy of Davy Jones (complete with Soundbite-assisted theme music).
    • Cross and the Straw Hats are willing to do anything to save Merry... except agree to B.R.O.B.'s suggestion of the Ivankov treatment.
    • Boss, Manly Dugong that he is, balks at the idea of jumping into an abyss and landing on an arcing Rocketman to cross the gap to the Tower of Justice.
    • Hattori may be trained as an assassin and is the pet to a World Government assassin, but Spandam's sheer incompetence led to him agreeing to Cross's proposal of a brief truce to let the latter make Spandam's eventual fate even worse.
    • Cross normally just laughs at Luffy's stupidity... but when it transcends the Shonen genre, he completely loses it.
    • The Accino family despises the Hiruno family for several reasons, one of them being that while the Accino family makes their targets delusionally happy in order to turn them in, the Hiruno family will torture their targets to the brink of death for kicks.
    • Buggy absolutely refuses to enjoy anything the Straw Hats produce on the SBS... except for them singing Bink's Sake.
    • Robin may be a Nightmare Fetishist, but even she finds Cross leading a bunch of zombies in a dance number to be overkill.
  • Evil Is Petty: The World Nobles have Vivi accused of treason because the Nefertari family refused to ascend with them 800 years ago.
  • Evil Laugh:
    • Kureha gives one of these during her Right Behind Me moments.
    • Blackbeard gives one when telling Aokiji his dream of becoming Pirate King.
  • Exact Words: Cross corrects Smoker that he didn't say anything about good Marines being a myth. There are far too many good Marines, but not nearly enough decent ones.
    • Conis' gift to the Straw Hats wasn't guns but a gunner.
    • After Spandam's incompetence helps completely humiliate the World Government and he announces his intention to overthrow the Five Elder Stars, Sengoku calls him and tells him to report to the Five Elder Stars and receive everything he has coming to him. Idiot that he is, Spandam thinks he's being rewarded.
    • Luffy, of all people, invokes this in chapter 43.
    Merry said that her dream is to sail the seas with us, and our goal coming to Water 7 was to make it so that that could happen. Who cares if she can't become a ship anymore? She's still alive and with us, and she can still live her dream. Isn't that good enough?
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!:
    • Vice Admiral Jonathan has a civil, friendly even, conversation with Cross about why the latter is terrible at chess. There's too many rules and no matter what you do, it has to follow those rules but sometimes, Cross just wants to flip the board. This and the accompanying explosion let Jonathan know that Cross just metaphorically flipped the board on their little game.
    • Cross remembers what exactly Nidhogg is as he explains it to the crew and realizes what Moria is doing. Nidhogg is the dragon at the end of the world and Moria is going One-Winged Angel.
  • Expy:
  • Eye Pop: In Chapter 25, many of the octopi do this after Luffy defeats their leader, doing it rather than the more expected Jaw Drop because they don't have jaws to drop.
  • Face Fault: Too many in Chapter 43 to list.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • During the Alubarna banquet in Chapter 22, Cross is so exuberant out of successfully tying Luffy's tongue around his own head that he neglects to check what he's eating: biscuits.
    • After Enel is defeated, Conis is so distraught over losing her island, her father, and contemplating her decision to join the Straw Hats, that she doesn't notice her father standing behind her comforting her.
  • Famed In-Story: The Straw Hats were infamous already in canon, but thanks to the SBS, their public connection is a lot more personal and in-depth.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Cross is adamant that the only way Spandam will survive the Enies Lobby arc is if he, Cross, can find a way to make it so he was wishing for death.
    • One of the Marines at Enies Lobby tells his comrades to make sure Chopper doesn't take him alive, even if they have to shoot him themselves.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Or Fire-Forged Friendly Enemies, anyway; the aftermath of the encounter with Mr. 3 results in Tashigi developing respect for Cross.
  • Flashback:
    • The first half of Chapter 23 covers the details that the tail end of Chapter 22 skipped over.
    • Multiple ones compose half of Chapter 33.
  • Flat "What.":
    • Chapter 14, following The Reveal and Cross's tearful begging to stay on the crew:
    Nami: (solemnly) Alright, Cross, we'll let you stay on the crew… But first… you have to answer a few questions for us……Cross, listen to me very closely. I need to know… How rich are we going to get?
    Cross: (mentally) …what. (out loud) What.
    • Chapter 25... several times.
    • Chapter 32, during the accidental landing in G-8, when the crew realizes that Vivi and Carue are being pampered in luxury by a barrack of overly-chivalrous Marines.
    • Chapter 38, Sengoku goes from Flat "What." to Big "WHAT?!" when he realizes the island the Straw Hats plan to pillage and burn is Enies Lobby.
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • Cross does this to Van Augur from several miles away when his sniped seagulls land on the Merry. And he even manages to dodge the sniper's next bullet too.
    • Cross does this to Robin when she asks him to help zip her up.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Soundbite, for a brief period in Chapter 24, forgets that he has the option of using his Gastro-Blast technique to destroy his gag. And Cross comes within an inch of dying before he reminds him of it.
  • For Science!: The mentality of Chopper's Mr. Hyde-esque alter-ego, created by using a serum to access his Devil Fruit's human intelligence.
  • For the Evulz:
    • When the CP9 investigated several countries that formed a trading coalition, said coalition was found to be completely innocuous. Rather than simply withdraw, they utilized the worse case scenario to pit every country at war with the others and stole all possible liquid assets which were added to the Celestial Dragons' tribute.
    • Hiuo Hiruno nearly rots off Vivi's arm upon meeting her just for the hell of it. It's only Don Accino's intervention that saves her arm.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Quoting this very trope, in fact. Back on Little Garden, the Unluckies were chasing Cross. Because of that, they didn't interrupt Sanji's conversation with Mr. 0. Because of that, Crocodile never had a reason to doubt Mr. 3's loyalty. Because of that, Mr. 3 got a chance to explain himself. Because of that, Mr. 3 is assigned to literally white-washing Rainbase with his powers. Because of that, countless Marines and civilians end up dead, the Straw Hats end up with no way out of Crocodile's cage, and Cross ends up in an Enemy Mine with Tashigi.
    • Because Cross told Smoker that they were helping Alabasta's "heir apparent", Smoker passed this information to his superiors, which, via Cipher Pol, went all the way to the top. And as a result of the pettiness of the World Nobles, Vivi was declared an associate of the Straw Hat Pirates, and hence, a pirate herself, something no royal status can protect her from. Thus, the only course of action is for her to join the Straw Hats full-time.
    • Because Cross and his group completely curb-stomped Satori, they proceeded on before Wiper had organized the Shandians to attack Enel's territory. Because of this, Enel's other priests were unoccupied at the moment, which means that Ohm, the deadliest of the priests, is fully free to intercept them.
    • Luffy being pincushioned by Baron Omatsuri's Rain of Arrows, and it being broadcast on the SBS worldwide, including to the Revolutionaries, restores Sabo's memory of his adopted brothers way earlier than in canon.
    • Because Kokoro heard Yokozuna speaking (thanks to Soundbite), she got more drunk than usual. Because of this, hearing Merry's love for her crew hit her harder than usual, so she came up with a plan to get Tom's two apprentices to help the Straw Hats with their ship problem. Because of this, Franky and Iceburg met with the Straw Hats earlier than Cross expected, and Kokoro told them, as Tom's apprentices, to build a ship worthy of the Pirate King's successor... within earshot of the CP9 agents that were looking for Tom's apprentices, who were known to have the Pluton blueprints in their possession.
    • Thanks to the SBS, Lucci and Jabra find out about Luffy's Determinator status and fighting prowess long before they actually meet. When the assault on Enies Lobby comes, determined to get a good fight without Lucci getting in the way, Jabra is the one that ends up fighting Luffy on the roof, after taking out Blueno.
    • Because of all the building-up Cross has been doing to Usopp's confidence, he suspects that he's no longer immune to Perona's depression-inducing ghosts, meaning Cross has to come up with a new plan when they arrive at Thriller Bark.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Meta example: As of Chapter 26, the three authors designate themselves as this, calling themselves the Cross-Brain; Xomniac is the Ego, CV12Hornet is the Superego, and The Patient One is the Id.
    • Additionally, the three mates of the Straw Hat Pirates seem to be this: first mate Zoro is the Id, second mate Nami is the Superego and, appropriately, third mate Cross is the Ego.
  • Friendly Enemy: As in canon, Tashigi and Smoker are this for the Straw Hats, as is Hina after she throws in her lot with the former two to bring down the World Government, forming the organization Marine Integrity 3, or MI3 for short. In Chapter 30, Captain T-Bone joins the party, making the organization MI4. After the events at Omatsuri Island, Vice Admiral Jonathan joins, making the organization MI5. And in Chapter 40, Vice Admiral Tsuru joins, making the organization MI6.
    • Vice Admiral Jonathan stays friendly with the Straw Hats, Cross in particular, throughout their confrontation. Upon losing, his only reaction is to respectfully acknowledge their success. It stays this way when he joins Marine Integrity as well, making it MI5.
  • From Bad to Worse: The Straw Hats' assault on Enies Lobby, for the Marines and the World Government. Sengoku is so enraged that he plans on attacking the island with all available government forces. Unfortunately, fate is working against him.
    • The Straw Hats are currently running rampant at one of the three major government strongholds trying to rescue Nico Robin, having turned Oimo and Kashi against the men stationed there. Not only that, but it's being broadcasted live on the SBS, for the entire world to hear, indelibly humiliating the Marines by making them look every bit as incompetent as Cross makes them out to be. And then Robin finally tells the truth about Ohara, with the entire world as her audience.
    • Not only that, but the Straw Hats' assault has the incited the other Super Rookies to commit dangerous acts, and it even causes some of the Emperors to act out, either to one-up the Straw Hats and/or to draw Marine attention away from them. In brief:
      • Shanks goes on a rampage in the New World, tying up every Marine on that side of the Grand Line.
      • Cavendish decided he's getting overshadowed, so he raids a supply ship headed for Totland... just as Big Mom starts craving for the specific thing he stole, sending her on a rampage and forcing the World Government to send Jinbe, Doflamingo, and Kuma against her in hopes of calming her down. Not only that, Cavendish is deliberately leading her to Wano, aka Kaido's territory, escalating the conflict.
      • Bartolomeo attacks a Celestial Dragon's yacht, and then insults one of the Five Elder Stars, who send Akainu and five battleships after him.
      • Capone Bege raids Fort Lumose, cleaning the place out and stealing a full quarter of the Marines' liquid assets.
      • X. Drake and Basil Hawkins somehow managed to piss off Moria, sending the last available Warlord on a wild goose chase all around the Florian Triangle after them.
      • Eustass Kid and Killer attack Blackarm Island (implied to be the island where Z trains his recruits), drawing out a conflict that needs to be resolved soon if the Marines want high-quality recruits to replace all their incoming losses.
      • Scratchmen Apoo and Captain Dugong attack Task Force Cerberus, capsizing all their ships in the process.
      • Jewelry Bonney and Trafalgar Law team up and attack Marine Base G-76, taking it over and then allowing the surrounding public to run roughshod over the place, with the former even procuring a direct line to Marineford just to rub it in Sengoku's face.
      • And finally, Urouge did something at Kyuka Island that left several high-ranking Marine officers shivering in horror.
    • If that weren't enough, Robin's tell-all on Ohara causes Water 7 to finally cut off the World Government. Several Marines (mainly giants) mutiny after hearing of how Saul (who was popular among other giants) died and that they had been hunting his ward for over twenty years. This forces Aokiji to be left behind so he can quell the mutiny non-lethally.
    • The final straw is the crew outright disintegrating the World Government's flag during the SBS. Sengoku is so overwhelmed and enraged that he can't even go into his Buddha form any more and instead suffers a heart attack. It is, as he puts it, by far and away the most humiliating incident for the Marines and the World Government since Roger's execution. And it's only going to get worse from there.
    • And boy, does it get worse in Chapter 40. Spandam, being the idiot that he is, had an operational black book. For CP9, a covert black ops unit whose missions are so ethically and morally wrong that the World Government doesn't even acknowledge their existence for plausible deniability. A black book that Cross happens to find, and summarily reads for the SBS. Sengoku is so fed up that he's not even surprised anymore, just angry.
    • And it all comes to a head in Chapter 42. 8% of the countries that comprise the World Government have seceded or been overthrown, another 12% are in the middle of or combating revolutions and uprisings, Marine HQ has lost contact with several Marine bases and vessels all around the world, and pirate activity is at an all-time high. To summarize, the entire day is labeled "The Darkest Day in the Entire History of the World Government."
    • Even the aftermath isn't letting up on them. The Marines' public opinion is at an all-time low, with more resignations in twenty-four hours than there have been in the last two years, effectively making them a Slave to PR for a good long while. In light of this, Sengoku reassigns every Marine that follows "Absolute Justice" to the New World so they are out of the public eye and can't make things worse, significantly decreasing the available manpower they have in Paradise. Sengoku himself is suffering severe health problems following the heart attack he had during Enies Lobby due to his age, and has to restrain himself from getting angry — a trial, considering the antics the Straw Hats are guaranteed to get into.
    • And on top of all of the above, the secession of Water 7 has badly hamstrung the World Government's ability to replace the small-to-medium-sized ships that they lost in the above chaos, especially with the financial trouble Bege's raid and the secession of a large chunk of their tax base has caused. When building an entirely new shipyard is the best option available, and they still can't afford that, you know things are bad.
  • Frying Pan of Doom:
  • Gargle Blaster: In Chapter 52 Nami, Zoro, and Cross accidentally exchange sake with South Blue COMRADE-grade vodka. Not only is it enough to affect even Nami and Zoro, it's usually used to tan Sea King hide.
  • Genre Savvy: Cross in Chapter 20. Taking up a plan to subdue the rebel army before they can reach the city? Knowing their success rate, plans on something going wrong. Knocking down Mr. 2 with near-fatal force? Knowing how strong he is, encourages getting away from him before he gets his second wind.
    • The rest of the Straw Hats are also getting wise to a certain combination of factors: Cross has knowledge of the future, he goes Laughing Mad when his adrenaline spikes, and it always starts with a "Pff." So when the crew hears that initial snort, they know that trouble isn't very far away.
      • Robin has even begun to preempt this by one step: the moment she sees the Cheshire Cat Grin that precludes a Gadfly like Cross doing or saying something incredibly stupid, she quickly uses her powers to Hand Gag him.
    • When Boss is sneaking around outside the Puffing Tom, one of the guards asks if the other heard a seal. The second remarks on the insanity of a seal being nearby during Aqua Laguna, only to shut up when the first points out they're on the Grand Line.
    • In Chapter 41, Zoro knew that despite Kaku's words, he was going to use Iron Body in their final clash. Skilled or not, Kaku isn't truly a swordsman, but an assassin and an assassin is more concerned with getting the job done than honor.
  • Genre Shift: Chapter 38. Baron Omatsuri And The Secret Island. Need I say more?
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    • Cross delivers one to Chopper to snap him out of his Mad Doctor alternate persona. Given that this seems the most effective way to do so, and that Chopper's research is actually useful, Chopper receives a lot of them as the story goes.
    • If the Boa sisters ever find themselves lost in the horrific memories of their slavery, Salome is trained to bite Sandersonia and Marigold to snap them out of them.
  • Gilligan Cut: During the G-8 arc, Vivi ends up staying in the brig for a bit longer than they planned, and she says she can handle it. Cut to her in the brig, on her last nerve, blowing up at Soundbite for playing the harmonica.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot:
    • Cross tries to get Nami and Vivi to invoke this to inspire Scissors to fully run across the Sandora River. The girls disapprove. Violently.
    • In the Skypiea Arc, Nami ends up kissing Robin in the midst of her gold-fueled euphoria.
    • Weaponized by Nami and Vivi to trap Absalom at Thriller Bark.
  • Giving Up on Logic:
    • Cross takes very little time to do this after he's dropped into One Piece, remembering how much It Runs on Nonsensoleum.
    • Wiper does the same thing after he and the Shandians are absorbed into the madness that is a Straw Hat party.
    • Vivi finally succumbs to the insanity of the Grand Line when Boss negotiates with Franky in a Pec Flexing duel, shattering his shell in the process. And later somehow getting a new one.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Bartolomeo taking credit for punching a Celestial Dragon in the face, when it was actually Gin that did it.
  • Goomba Stomp: Cross pulls this on the Unluckies when they go after him in Jaya. Soundbite even Lampshades it by playing the Super Mario Bros. music.
  • Graceful Loser: Foxy is surprisingly accepting about having to be a Straw Hat. Or so he thinks.
    • "Long" John "Silverteeth" is outright happy to lose to Leo as it means he finally gets a satisfying death.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Vivi fiddles with the Sirocco-charm container that her father gave her whenever she is faced with a particularly terrifying enemy, as if contemplating crossing a threshold there is no going back from. It contains the seed of an active Logia Devil Fruit.
    • Cross contemplates appealing to B.R.O.B. to save Merry, but given their Jerkass God status...
  • Gone Horribly Right: Cross makes a distraction to escape Mr. 13 by telling the mob surrounding them that they were fighting because Mr. 13 said that Kaido was the strongest of the Four Emperors. Unfortunately, all the pirates have very strong opinions on who they think is the strongest, resulting in a brawl that sets Mock Town on fire, much to Vivi's chagrin.
  • Got Volunteered: Leo, Kung-Fu Dugong and Straw Hat ship guard, gets tasked as Zoro's sparring partner/training dummy due to being the only other sword user on the ship (until Brook shows up). Later, his fellow apprentices Mikey and Donny are shanghaied into being assistants for Sanji and Chopper, respectively.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Most techniques are translated into English, but Haki stays Japanese.
  • Gratuitous Spanish:
    • The voice that Soundbite gives Scissors the giant crab.
    • Abound with the Amigo Pirates.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Cross ends up as Luffy's weapon against the Billions.
    • Luffy does it again, this time with a random Marine, in Navarone.
    • And Cross gets a chance to do it himself to the Amigo Pirates.
  • Groin Attack:
    • In Chapter 20, Vivi and Nami do this in unison to Cross after, in an attempt to keep Scissors scuttling along the Sandora, he encourages "hot girl-on-girl action."
    • Also in Chapter 20, Vivi gives one of these to Mr. 2., noted under And This Is For... above.
    • Once again, Vivi does this to Lieutenant Commander Drake after he insinuates that Cross was somehow involved with Baroque Works.
    • Merry delivers one to Absalom. It doesn't go nearly as well...

    Tropes H - L 
  • Headdesk:
    • In Chapter 23, Cross does this after Soundbite gives the Teenage Dugong Warrior Squad their name.
    • In Chapter 28, Cross does this after Isaiah, perching on Pierre's head while the latter is in his hybrid form, says "I'm on a horse."
    • In Chapter 33, Vice Admiral Jonathan does this when he realizes the full extent of the chaos the Straw Hat Pirates are capable of causing.
    • Chapter 37 has Vivi doing this after Boss successfully negotiates with Franky by flexing.
    • Chapter 42, when Sengoku hears that Admiral Kizaru (with the inadvertent help of Nami), has ended up refracting himself out of the fight, he does this. While in his Buddha form. Denting the Gates of Justice in the process.
    • Chapter 44, when Cross realizes that he and the crew were captured by the Accinno pirates and a certain quartet of Fierce Penguins.
    • Chapter 48 has Soundbite try to invoke this in Cross twice, once with Mystery Inc. and once with Thriller. Cross shrugs off the first one, the second one, he joins in.
  • Hearing Voices:
    • At the crux of Robin's decision at Enies Lobby, thanks to Soundbite and his powers, Jaguar D. Saul's voice becomes so loud it is heard and projected from beyond the grave, giving her that last bit of assurance.
    • The voice of the previous Pirate King helps his successor stand and take down Lucci.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Given the Gray and Grey Morality of One Piece, this is a little shaky, but after witnessing the political pettiness of their superiors, Smoker, Tashigi and Hina outright tell Cross that they want to ally with him to bring down the World Government. As of chap. 42 Captain T-Bone, Vice-Admiral Jonathan and Vice-Admiral Tsuru join them in treason.
  • Heel Realization: Cross's words on tolerance and "perpetuating hate for hate's sake" make Hancock, Marigold, and Sandersonia realize they've become far too similar to the World Nobles they despise.
  • Hell Is That Noise: In Chapter 31, Cross discovers that his transceiver has a foghorn button built in. He very quickly comes to love it.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing:
    • Squardo and Whitey appealing to Luffy and Ace's honor as pirates is the only thing that stops the latter from rocketing off to immolate Baron Omatsuri alive.
    • During the plan to trap Absalom, Sanji is in place to stop anything from happening to Nami and Vivi who are acting as bait, but Nami asks him to give them the opportunity to fight first, wanting the chance to prove to themselves that all their training was worth it. As it turns out, they were right to keep him in reserve.
  • Here We Go Again: This is the general air when Perona appears on the Sunny and asks for passage to another island of her liking - she snuck on like Robin, she asks the crew to "take responsibility" like Robin, she bribes Nami with treasure like Robin, and she asks to borrow some of the women's clothes like Robin.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • It seems that some of the adventures from anime filler-arcs, movies, and video games that this story is skipping over are still happening, just to other crews. For example, Bartolomeo has Apis from the Warship Island arc as a member of his crew, and Smoker & Tashigi apparently traveled to the island where the plot of the Nintendo Wii-exclusive One Piece: Unlimited Adventure takes place and met Popola, who is hinted by Tashigi to be the unknown possible fifth member of the New World Mason Cleaners division if Smoker can convince him to join.
    • Just about all of the Super Rookies have their own battles during the Straw Hats' assault on Enies Lobby.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • Cross has a brief one in Chapter 19, when he realizes that it was his presence and intervention that resulted in Mr. 3 getting a second chance and killing countless civilians and Marines in Rainbase. It doesn't last long, however, before he refocuses his attention on the one who's more to blame.
    • One Played for Laughs: Nami suffers a stroke, heart attack and aneurysm all at once when Zoro manages to pay off his debt.
    • Foxy goes catatonic when Whitebeard calls into the SBS during the broadcasted Davy Back Fight, and Luffy manages to impress him. It takes Cross's foghorn to snap him out of it.
    • More than a few people faint, have heart attacks or go catatonic when they hear the events on the Secret Island.
    • Kiwi, Mozu and Paulie go temporarily numb when they think about what would've happened had they ended up antagonizing the Straw Hats.
    • Tashigi undergoes one after Enies Lobby due to learning the atrocities the Marines commit and that the corruption goes all the way to the top.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.:
    • Carue breaks every bone in his legs after breaking the sound barrier and knocking Funkfreed out in one kick.
    • Conis ends up dislocating her shoulder after one use of Wiper's Reject Dial.
    • Overusing her newfound Compelling Voice ends up disabling Vivi herself.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As in canon, Zoro offers his head to Kuma in place of Luffy's and Cross's, but when he hears that his head is only worth one of their lives, not both, Nami steps up in Cross's place.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Su admits that Conis is this for Cross, and she herself is this for Soundbite.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Captain T-Bone of the Marines is one of the few benevolent and caring Marines out there who is loyal to the World Government, the ideals of justice and has a hate for anything crooked or corrupted under his watch. A conversation with Smoker reveals that his Marine contingent in the West Blue was assigned to the manhunt for Nico Robin alongside 12 other contingents, but T-Bone and his men protested that the ensuing collateral damage made the amount of force too high. Unfortunately, this dissension got out by means of one of their own, and his superior Vice-Admiral Sakazuki disapproved greatly and completely exterminated his entire flotilla, only sparing T-Bone's life because he claimed he saw the evils of his men and promised to devote himself to the Marine's Divine Justice from then on. But despite this conversion (which Smoker wonders if it was genuine or done out of fear for his life) he has retained his core morality and benevolence to this day. Chapter 30 reveals it to be the latter.
    • Conis has trained alongside the White Berets in order to help defend Angel Island's borders from other pirates, and is said to be as dedicated as Captain McKinley himself. If that's not enough, her mother was a Roger Pirate.
    • Foxy had bought Big Pan the Wotan from Sabaody Archipelago. Also, the whole reason he is building up his crew with the Davy Back Fights is to weather the storm when the battle for the throne of the Pirate King reaches flashover.
    • What was it that swore Buggy, someone who has seen the insanity of the New World, off the Grand Line and made him stay firmly in the East Blue? Lily Carnation. His old crew weren't even that lucky.
    • Robin wore cowboy hats while in Baroque Works, because they reminded her of Saul and helped her feel strong in times of stress.
    • Why are Mr. 13 and Ms. Friday so stupidly tough and relentless? They're from Kuraigana Island; you know, the island filled with sword-wielding primates?
    • Boss somehow knows Grand Line Standard Sign Language.
  • Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: When they notice that the Going Merry's talking audibly on the SBS, Pekoms says he wants no part of seizing the ship even if Big Mom wants it, stating that the antics of the Straw Hat crew are Emperor levels of crazy. At minimum.
  • History Repeats: Jabra betrays Blueno, knocks him out and leaves him for dead, then after Luffy KOs him, the wolf-man gets back up a while later in an outright berserk rage... and is promptly finished off by a recovered Blueno and a stone door. Now think about the Baratie arc and what happened between Don Krieg and Gin. Kinda similar, no?
  • Home Run Hitter: Luffy's pipe staff + Gum-Gum Pinwheel + Gum-Gum Rifle = Gum-Gum Home Run. Bye-bye, Satori.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Hogback, proponent of necromancy, is aghast at the capabilities of Lily Carnation, bringing an entire crew back to life with hardly any problems whatsoever. Ivankov, master of the Horm-Horm Fruit and witness to all its biological changes without batting an eye, throws up when he sees the Body Horror that is Lily Carnation with its embedded prey.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Foxy invokes this when he gets a new crew member from a Davy Back Fight. The new crew member can cheat once during that Davy Back Fight, and that one only, to help their former crew.
    • Cross invokes one on Spandam after his To the Pain speech, where he tells Spandam he's not going to do any of that to him. Instead, he's going to do something far worse: let Robin and Franky do whatever they want to him.
    • Perona has one after she hears that Chopper has got his hands on her real body. When she wakes up in her real body and sees no mad doctor looming over her, she hugs one of her top-hatted stuffed toys in relief... only to remember that she doesn't own any top-hatted stuffed toys.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Cross compares fighting Kuma to being worse than fighting Mihawk. With Mihawk they can at least run if he doesn't care enough. Against Kuma, they can't fight or run.
  • Humanity Ensues: What happens when the Going Merry consumes the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Child.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Lampshaded when Cross is trying to convince Zoro to tell them what he knows about Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday:
    Cross: Zoro, if you know something that could be important, then you need to tell us! None of us can afford to spare any information, otherwise we risk jeopardizing the crew!
    Soundbite: (sotto voce) Hy~po~cri~te!
    • Zoro calls Cross out on his hypocrisy about sharing info after The Reveal. Unlike above, this is pure Hypocrite and no humor.
    • In Chapter 14, after tricking Kureha into forfeiting her right to keep them there, all of the medical costs, and all the food in the castle:
    Vivi: Evil. You guys are all pure evil.
    Cross: Hey, what can I say? We're pirates! It's kind of our M.O.
    Vivi: Oh, no, I don't have any issues with that, don't worry! I'm only realizing it just now is all.
    Luffy: (cackling and sticking out his tongue) Heheheh, you're pretty dumb, Vivi!
    Nami, Vivi, and Cross: (deadpan) And you're one to talk?
    • Wiper has a moment in the Christmas Special. One of the reasons for stringing Aisa to the totem pole is because she accepted a bag of almonds from a Skypiean instead of fighting to the death as a Shandoran warrior. That doesn't stop him from enjoying the almonds himself.
    • In Chapter 17, after Cross digs himself to sleep (see The Penance below), Toto refuses to let him dig anymore until he gets some rest.
    Cross: This from the coot who's been digging all night alongside me, as well as through several sandstorms?
    Toto: Wait until you're my age, then you can be as hypocritically stubborn as you want to be.
    • In the aftermath of the Alubarna battle, Sanji finds himself trying to avoid people complaining about walls he'd kicked down during the battle. Cross and Usopp love the hypocrisy, only to find themselves running into people complaining about a bar (where Cross fought the Unluckies) and the ruins outside the city (where Usopp and Chopper fought the Mr. 4 pair).
    • Chaka and Pell trade barbs about animalistic behaviors in their Zoan forms (self-licking and preening) respectively, before Igaram tops them by commenting on the increase in flea and lice population.
    • When he sees Merry's human form bring out crates and piles of dirt from inside her coat, Paulie, the guy who hides enough rope on him to rig a battleship, asks where she held all of that.
    • When Garp chastises De Lis of the Marines' Giant Squad for letting the Accino bounty hunter family into a blockaded country without checking if they had permission from the Marines first, De Lis takes offence, considering what the absent-minded vice-admiral recently revealed on the SBS.
    • When Vivi considers taking up drinking, Nami removes the bottle she was going to knock back on account of preventing her from developing a habit. But since Nami already has a habit and a tolerance, she can drink it just fine.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That:
    • After Cross fails to learn Kureha's secret to eternal youth (guessing the most prominent theory in the fandom):
      Cross: Still, in the future, I'll have a legitimate reason to use the phrase 'once more, the secret to eternal youth has eluded me!'
    • Itomimizu, the Foxy Pirates' announcer, finally gets his chance to start and interrupt the SBS.
    • Cross apparently has a bucket List Of Things He Wants To Say At Least Once In The Right ContextTM.
      1. (During the Davy Back Fight) LLLLET'S GET READY TO RRRRUMBLLLLLLLLE!
      3. (While on Little East Blue) FIRE MAIN CANNON! note 
      4. ''(During the attack on Thriller Bark) The cavalry has arrived!
      9. (When invading Judge Baskerville's courtroom) Order in the court.
    • In chapter 48, Cross is happy he finally gets to use the world "bamboozle".
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Ryuma is normally weighted down with molten lead. Once he lets it all out, he becomes fast and strong enough to cut through the Florian Triangle's fog'.
  • I Choose to Stay: Vivi had always planned on leaving Carue behind when she left with the Straw Hats, but Carue wanted none of that and came along anyway.
    • Su does the same thing when Conis joins the Straw Hats.
  • Idiot Ball: A brief moment from Nami in Chapter 21, when she's talking about the effectiveness of lightning as an attack:
    Cross: Yeah, just as long as you’re not fighting someone who ate a Devil Fruit that makes them immune to lightning.
    Nami: …Are we going to be fighting someone like that?
    (Cross and Soundbite give her flat looks, beat, then Nami facepalms)
    Nami: Right, stupid question.
  • I Heard That:
    • The above example from Casual Danger Dialog.
    • The Christmas Episode, in response to Merry chastising Carrot, Pepper, and Onion's caroling:
    Kaya: Oh, don't listen to that old goat. In my opinion, I think he might be going a little deaf in one ear, if you know what I mean.
    Merry: (somewhere in the depths of the mansion) I heard that!
  • I Lied: The Authors. Multiple times.
  • I Like Those Odds:
    • When Cross 'learns' from Luffy that they have to climb the Drum Rockies to get to a doctor:
    Cross: Sheer rock faces?
    Luffy: Looks like it!
    Cross: Inhospitable temperatures?
    Usopp: I think I might have frostbite already, and that's just down here…
    Cross: Ravenous beasts?
    Cross: So… overall, it's a deathtrap?
    Dalton: That's… a bit much, but accurate.
    Cross: (grinning goofily)…Is it my birthday?
    • When storming Enies Lobby, Soundbite and Paulie sum up the odds as over 2,500 Marines and World Government Agents versus roughly 70 Straw Hats, Franky Family members, and Galley-La workers.
    Zambai: Doesn't seem fair, does it?
    Usopp: No, it really doesn't. These poor bastards don't even stand a chance.
    Cross: Please... you say that as if they ever did.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: When first informed by Smoker, Tashigi, and Hina of their planned coup against the corrupt government, T-Bone starts walking out of the room, loudly talking to himself about meeting Smoker the next day.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: Garp does this twice on the SBS, first about Luffy's parentage, and then about Vivi's Sovereign Will.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Cross and Nami get this sentiment when Luffy, Masira and Shoujou start singing.
    • Wiper gets this sentiment when he finds himself the Only Sane Man in a Straw Hat party.
    • Smoker, Hina, Tashigi and a visiting Captain T-Bone get this sentiment when Su joins Soundbite on Cross's SBS.
    • Mr. 5 gets this when they realize Su has joined Soundbite full-time on the SBS.
    • Foxy shares a cask of rum with Apoo as he tells him exactly what kind of insanity he's getting into.
  • I Resemble That Remark!:
    • Scratchman Apoo states with a smile that Vivi's statement about all Long-Arm Tribe members only putting in effort for making money and causing trouble is harsh, stereotypical, downright racist, and absolutely correct.
    • Corto of the Amigo Pirates takes real offense to Cross goading him like a matador bull, by charging at him exactly like a bull, complete with snorting and pawing.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!:
    • Chapter 7.
    Cross: Zoro, you're a lot of things: you sleep too much, you're focused on swords to an unhealthy degree, you’re grumpy—
    Zoro: I am not grumpy.
    • Chapter 25: After Robin accidentally insults everything about Shogun Octavio and his country (due to Vivi not reading the translation guide thoroughly), Octavio says he would have laughed off all of them except they insulted his surfing ability, which is unforgivable.
    • Chapter 25, after the chapter's events, a couple of listeners express their thoughts:
    Buggy: A Devil Fruit user being a natural surfer, better than someone who was literally born for the sport? That’s just insane.
    Alvida: It does sound ridiculous when you say it like that, doesn’t it? About as ridiculous as surviving an execution attempt thanks to a lightning bolt striking the tower.
    Buggy: Indeed.
    Alvida: Or as ridiculous as how losing some freckles can make a world of difference in helping people perceive your natural beauty.
    Buggy: Yes, that’s… just as ridiculous.
    Alvida: Or as ridiculous as a nearly no-name clown-themed pirate from the East Blue managing to survive two days in the Grand Line, much less two months.
    Buggy: Okay, now that’s just insa—WHAT THE HELL DID YOU JUST CALL ME, WOMAN!?
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Cross and Robin do this on behalf of Aokiji, stating that if he was there to kill them, he'd have sunk their ship from miles away.
  • Ignore The Fan Service: Cross has forced himself to do this a few times, especially whenever his female crew members try to get a rise out of him by showing some skin.
  • In-Joke: CP9 has one of these in the Christmas Episode, when Galley-La and Iceburg are meeting in Blueno's bar, and Blueno, as a Christmas present, gives Lucci a bag of catnip. It takes every measure of control that Kaku and Kalifa have not to burst out laughing, and Hattori doesn't even try, rolling on the floor cackling.
  • In Medias Res: Chapter 46 starts with Cross and Soundbite watching the Accino-Hiruno marriage fall to pieces, and then it proceeds to show exactly how the chaos started.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Cross's attempted interventions seem to result in keeping the crew safe…only for him to take the hit instead. This happens with the prehistoric bacteria on Little Garden, the initial meeting with Mr. 2, and the 1st round of the Davy Back Fight.
    • Cross warns Vivi about the bomb in the clock tower ahead of time, and she includes that warning in her message to her father that she sends to Alubarna. Due to the moles in the Royal Army, Baroque Works gets wind of it, and the army they amass together with the Mr. 7 pair's sniping skills results in them guarding the bomb successfully against the siege until the war begins.
    • As Vivi finds out, one of Cross's biggest fears in this world is, despite everything he's tried to do, failing to stop the Paramount War.
    • Despite Cross's planning, Luffy still ends up revealing himself to Jonathan.
    • Cross manages to stop Foxy from shooting the horse Shelly, but after witnessing Foxy's callous attitude, Luffy still ends up accepting the Davy Back Fight anyway. When the rest confront him about it, Luffy says that he already knows the Fight's risks from Shanks's stories, but he also knows about the one-on-one Captain's Fight at the end, and he wants to beat up Foxy for pretending to be a pirate.
    • Despite Cross's promise, Merry's keel is still broken beyond all hope of saving.
    • Robin still hands herself over to CP9 to keep the crew safe.
    • A downplayed example: Shu still manages to rust part of Yubashiri's blade. Though it isn't destroyed, the blacksmith at Water 7 can't repair it in time before Zoro leaves with the crew, and so it's left at Water 7.
    • Despite Whitey and Squardo's assistance, Ace still loses to Blackbeard and is captured by the Marines... on account of Aokiji sticking his nose in at exactly the wrong moment.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Cross wonders if it'd be this to make a tongue-tied joke after wrapping Luffy's tongue around his neck like a scarf.
    • Bartolomeo makes one when he hears Eneru went to the moon:
      "...He's a literal lunatic."
    • Salchow makes one that even has his wife Arbell thinking it's horrible.
      Cross: Concede to our demands, and maybe we'll make this a mutually beneficial arrangement, rather than merely bouncing your heads off the cobblestones and being on our merry way. So, you game?
      Salchow: Er... don't you mean on your sunny way?
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: Ace's attempt to catch a cannonball send him flying back several feet.
  • Inevitable Waterfall:
    • The Straw Hats encounter one in Chapter 9 as part of random Grand Line madness.
    • The rescue team encounters one in Chapter 29 on the way to the Ordeal of Balls, as in canon. Cross sees it coming, of course.
    Cross: Oh, come on, don't tell me you didn't see the 'inevitable waterfall' cliché a mile off.
    Su: (whimpering) I hate you, Cross.
    Everyone else: JOIN THE CLUB!
    • The Straw Hats encounter the big drop on their way out of Skypiea. Cross, Conis and Su all see it coming.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Quite apart from his nonsense of direction, Zoro seems to have this attitude in regards to training, believing that broken bones heal stronger than they were before. Even in One Piece, that remains untrue, and Chopper is simultaneously infuriated and horrified.
    • The Bleeding Heart Bounty Hunters' rationale that since the WG cannot be trusted, Vivi's bounty is fake, and since all pirates are evil, she would never work with them willingly, therefore the Straw Hats kidnapped her.
  • Insistent Terminology: Cross objects to being called a kid or brat, being 18. He also objects to Vivi's nickname for him, Mister Jeremiah, which comes across as implying he's much older than he is. The insistence ends in Chapter 18, when he finally gives up.
    • Merry is very emphatic that Thousand Sunny is her big brother despite being younger than her. According to her, he's going to be King of the Seas so there's no way he can be anything less.
  • Instant Expert:
    • Thanks to hearing the Voice of All Things, Soundbite can listen to objects and figure out their functions.
    • Boss. After only 10 minutes with a Six Powers cheat sheet, he can replicate it to its full effect.
    • Subverted with Kalifa who realizes she can clean anything, including her opponent's mind. But her attempt to wipe Nami's mind clean instead merely erases several years of stress.
    • Turns out ships assimilate parts of the crew that make up their soul, knowledge, memory and fighting skill. Only now with her human body, Merry can actually use that info.
  • Insult Backfire: Cross and Mr. 2 in Chapter 20:
    Mr. 2: My, my, what a mouth you have on you, dear. Didn't your mother teach you any better?
    Cross: Momma taught me how to smack a bitch.
    Mr. 2: Flattery will get you nowhere, boy.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • Once Su gets her voice as a Little Miss Snarker, she and Soundbite get along like a house on fire.
    • Likewise for Boss and Franky, due to similar attitudes.
  • In the Back: Amigo Pirate Largo nails Cross in the back with a throwing knife after he beats his brother Corto. However, due to how many levels of badass Cross has been taking, all it does is tick him off.
  • Irony: During the fiasco that is the Accino-Hiruno wedding, Cross declares that due to Oda's stance on romance, short of Absalom's attempts, he'll never have to go through another wedding ever again, especially not one done for the sake of a political alliance. Boy, will he eat his words when he reaches Totland...
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Cross accidentally broadcasts a few of Blackbeard's crimes when they encounter him during the Knock-Up Stream launch.
    • Cross's torture by Enel and the surgery to save his life are broadcasted worldwide because everyone (including Soundbite) forgot they were still broadcasting.
    • The entirety of the battle with Baron Omatsuri, INCLUDING ALL THE STRAW HATS BEING DEVOURED, is broadcast as well.
      • Averted about halfway through when the characters who remain realize it's still broadcasting but keep it going so as to be a warning to all would-be travelers to stay away from Omatsuri Island.
  • It Can Think: Perona freaks out when she realizes it wasn't Baron Omatsuri's crew inviting everyone to the island, but Lily Carnation.
  • It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context: Cross warns Sanji that Luffy and Boss riding a giant bug doesn't make any more sense with context than without.
  • Item Crafting: After Thriller Bark, Usopp and Franky decide to do something with all the [[Power Nullifier seastone]] the crew had collected from Enies Lobby and Lovely Land, using it to craft new weapons or attachments like a butterfly knife for Robin and pommel caps for Zoro's swords, or upgrading existing weapons like Nami's Clima-Tact and Cross's armor.
  • It Runs On Nonsenseoleum: As befits its origin. Devil Fruits in particular are called out:
    Cross: Devil Fruits are bullshit and Awakened Devil Fruits make mere bullshit their bitch.
  • It's All My Fault: When Cross manages to speak with Merry's Klabautermann directly, she has this mentality for being too weak to carry her crew through the Grand Line. She even asks Cross why he isn't blaming her for being too weak.
  • It's Personal: Unlike the rest of Baroque Works' agents who hold no real grudge against the Straw Hats, the Unluckies have made it clear they will only retire after they've brutally killed Cross and Soundbite.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Tashigi ends up getting a pair when she hears about the atrocity that is Ohara, much to Smoker's chagrin.
  • Jaw Drop: It's a One Piece fic, of course this is a staple. Specially abundant in Chapter 25.
  • Jerkass Gods: B.R.O.B., the omnipotent being that dumped Cross into the One Piece world is obviously this.
  • Joke and Receive:
    • When De Lis calls HQ for confirmation, she gets Garp saying that the Accinos never did make any requests.
    Garp: Why, did they trick you into letting them into Alabasta or something?
    De Lis: (Eye Twitch) Um... well...
    Garp: ...You did, didn't you.
  • Kitchen Sink Included: While a literal kitchen sink isn't present, the trope is referenced when, at Whiskey Peak, Cross talks Nami into joining him in "Looting everything that isn't nailed down, and a lot that is!"
  • Kneel Before Zod: Enel demands that Cross acknowledge his godhood. Cross refuses.
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • When Bartolomeo makes his "lunatic" joke about Enel, Hina whacks him, and when he objects considering that they're under a truce, Goldenweek claims that he deserved it.
    • After Salchow's pun about the crew going on their "sunny" way instead of their "merry" way, his wife Arbell slaps him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For all of Spandam's crimes, when the Marines finally court-martial him, he is thrown into Impel Down's Level 5, the perfect location for Ivankov to find him, capture him, and squeeze all the info out of him for the Revolutionaries.
  • Last-Name Basis: Partially due to having a different naming convention, all of the Straw Hats call Cross by his last name instead of Jeremiah. This is also on account of Cross much preferring to be referred to as, well, Cross instead of Jeremiah, or any variation thereof.
  • Late To The Punch Line: While hearing the Who's on First? routine, Mr. 4 starts laughing at the beginning of the joke when the skit is halfway through.
  • Laughing Mad:
    • Cross becomes this whenever things get too dangerous; that is, when his adrenaline spikes.
    • Garp, whenever Cross's SBS comes on. It's so much that he causes tremors when he gets going, much to Sengoku's frustration.
    • Montblanc Cricket, when he hears the Golden Bell ring in the sky.
    • Miss Valentine after the Barto Club's ship gets towed by Sea Kings.
    • Chopper goes crazy when he hears his original epithet and bounty.
    • Moria breaks into a fit after witnessing his army's defeat at the Straw Hats' hands and when his Devil Fruit Awakens.
  • Lemony Narrator: For satirical or comedic purposes. Not common, but not exactly rare in more recent chapters.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: How Paulie sums up the situation at Enies Lobby:
    Paulie: So, let me see if I've got this straight. Two days ago, I thought that Kaku and Lucci being government agents was nonsense, CP9 was a myth, and charging Enies Lobby on a rescue/revenge mission was something that nobody in the world was crazy enough to do. Then along came the Straw Hat Pirates. I don't think I need to say any more than that.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Invoked by Cross and Soundbite to get the Unluckies that are pursuing them in Jaya off their backs. Soundbite goads Van Augur to start shooting at Ms. Friday, and when that doesn't stop Mr. 13, Cross finds Bellamy and insults him to his face to spring him right at him, and by extension, Mr. 13.
    Cross: Excuse me, is it true that Doflamingo's spring-heeled dickweasel can be found here, or is this the wrong bar?
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
  • Little Miss Snarker: Once she gets her voice, Su, Conis's cloud-fox, proves to be this, in addition to having a particularly rough vocabulary. Much to Conis's chagrin.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Thanks to Cross and a special function of his transceiver, Spandam is completely unaware of the degree to which the Straw Hats are decimating Enies Lobby until they are practically right outside his window.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • As revealed in Chapter 14, in order to use the Noise-Noise Fruit's powers, Soundbite needs to be able to speak coherently; if he's gagged, his powers are useless. Or at least until Chapter 40, when he Awakens his Devil Fruit.
    • In his light form, Kizaru is vulnerable to being refracted right out of the battlefield, such as by a mirage.
    • Because Iron Body requires tensing your body to endure a blow, being forced to relax negates it entirely.
    • Boa Hancock's Love-Love Beam doesn't work on anyone/anything with no interest in humans or someone too young to feel lust.
    • Vivi's Sovereign's Will relies on the victim's respect for the wielder so if they don't respect the wielder enough or focus on what they don't like about them, it can be easily broken or outright ignored.
  • Look Behind You:
    • Cross pulls this twice in Little Garden to convince someone from Baroque Works that a T-rex is right behind them. The first time, it's Soundbite using his powers. The second, there really is one.
    • Right before Cross is about to be cuffed, Soundbite begins sounding alarm bells, warning them that something dangerous is coming. Tashigi is skeptical...and then comes the Advancing Wall of Doom.
  • Loose Lips:
    • Cross, from the time they leave Little Garden to the time they leave Drum, courtesy of Primal Cholera-induced delirium from Little Garden.
    • Vivi's blurting of Crocodile's identity is Lampshaded by Cross when she asks to be let in the loop of Secret Keepers.
    Cross: But pleeeeease promise me that you won't blab anything we need to keep secret to anyone who shouldn't know it?
    Vivi: (Face Fault) T-that was one time!

    Tropes M - P 
  • Mad Doctor: Kureha seems to have rubbed off on Chopper a bit too much; when the latter hears from Cross about the typical treatment for small bone fractures, his thought process carries him away to the point where Cross is scared that the reindeer wants to dissect him.
    • And in Chapter 24, he comes close to doing so thanks to his experimentation with his Devil Fruit's human intelligence turning him into Mr. Hyde.
  • Made of Plasticine: Cross, at least as far as the One Piece world is concerned, where Made of Iron is the default. He gets put under for ten minutes from one of Nami's Idiot Punches. This ends as of Chapter 14, thanks to Kureha's medicine.
  • Magic Feather: When Luffy, a Devil Fruit user, has to win a surfing competition against an octopus, Boss gives him what he describes as Dugong Surfing Elixir that would enable Luffy to surf with the best of them. In actual fact, it was Boss's fermented seaweed juice. It still works.
  • Mama Bear: Despite her professional behavior, Kureha is most definitely this for Chopper. When she finds out that Cross knows about Chopper's past and wants him to join the Straw Hat Pirates, she pins him to the bed, a scalpel inches from his throat, looming over him like death. Note how she refers to Chopper as she asks the question:
    Kureha: Do you actually care about my son, or are you just playing on his insecurities to shanghai him into your little pirate band?
  • Manly Tears: Both Wiper and Cricket shed a few when promising to meet up in Skypiea.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": When Ryuma decides to go all out against Zoro, every other zombie in the area flees in terror.
  • Meaningful Echo: Robin tricks Cross into seeing her in her underwear because "It's an older sister's job to embarrass her younger siblings." A few chapters later, Cross finally gets his revenge on Robin that he hinted at back during the Alabasta arc by giving her a noogie.
  • Meaningful Name: Soundbite the snail. Power from the Noise-Noise Fruit and a tendency to bite.
    • The Sirocco charm-container. A sirocco is a Mediterranean wind from the Sahara that can achieve hurricane speeds. Fitting that such a container contains the aril (pomegranate seed) of the Logia-type Gust-Gust Fruit, the Devil Fruit of one of the Royal Guardians of Alabasta.
  • Mercy Lead: As thanks for killing Lily Carnation, Sengoku informs the Straw Hats that the Marines are on their way to the island.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: In this case, mid-battle pit stop: During Cross's one-on-many battle with the Amigo Pirates, one of Lassoo's trick shells misfires, and Cross calls a time-out for Usopp and Merry to fix it. His opponent Corto is so dumbfounded that he can't continue until the repairs are done, Cross calls time-in, and promptly blasts him off his feet.
  • Mind Virus: It's stated that the reason for the crew's out-of-character moments on the Secret Island, leading to their bonds fracturing, is all due to Lily Carnation's spores. And the more human someone is, the more they are susceptible to it.
    • The only ones not as affected were Luffy, Conis, Soundbite, and Robin, one of whom is a Skypiean and the others being Devil Fruit users.
      • Chopper, Boss, and the TDWS's reactions are not shown due to them being off-camera, and the latter five had already been caught by Lily Carnation.
  • Mirthless Laughter: Robin utters Saul's "Dereshishishi" laugh when the memories of Ohara and the Buster Call come back. It's chill-inducing.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: The Kung-Fu Dugongs, being seals with turtle shells. Vivi says that some Alabastan marine-biologists say that there were originally manatees and sea turtles that... Yeah.
  • Moment Killer: Soundbite does this a lot.
    • In the Christmas Special, there's an interesting twist in that it's breaking up a somber moment: when the crew reflects on how they're spending Christmas Eve away from home and family, Soundbite cuts them off with a loud "TIS THE SEASON, JACKASSES!" A moment of anger passes before they realize that it's Christmas Eve, not a time for moodiness.
    • In Chapter 24, after Usopp gives a heartfelt speech to his father through the SBS, Soundbite cuts into the following solemn silence by loudly saying "DADDY'S BOY!" Usopp is predictably furious.
    • In Chapter 27, after Cross consoles Nami for the events in Mock Town, resulting in her laughing and crying in euphoria, the heartfelt moment comes to an abrupt end when Luffy, Masira, and Shoujou begin singing. The mood then abruptly becomes "I Need a Freaking Drink."
    • In Chapter 39, during the standoff between CP9 and the Straw-Hats, Kumadori wonders if Cross would give him an autograph if he asked. Fukuro promptly Dope Slaps him.
    • In Chapter 48, Sanji somberly remarks how as a kid he wanted the Clear-Clear Fruit so he could just disappear, and the women wonder what he could be talking about, only for Carue to correctly guess he'd also spy on women.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 13. So, Cross has just been made aware of the fact that he's blurted out a lot about their adventures that he shouldn't know, and Sanji seems ready to interrogate him. With a face that is, quote, 'serious as a nuclear winter,' Sanji calmly demands that Cross tell him everything he knows about one person that he mentioned in his sleep… Princess Shirahoshi.
    Cross: …Wait, what!?
    Sanji: (love mode) You heard me! Tell me about the Mermaid Princess! The most beautiful creature beneath the seas, an exquisite example of feminine form, truly Aphrodite incarnate! You have to tell me all about her, I beg of you, I'll do whatever I have to! Just tell me about her!
    • And the whiplash continues as Cross lists three reasons that Sanji cannot be her knight in shining armor. He remains in love mode as Cross says that she's 20,000 feet below the surface; he instantly changes to burning fury when Cross says that a villainous stalker is after her, forcing her to stay in solitary confinement; and he instantly changes to hit the Despair Event Horizon when Cross informs him that Shirahoshi is no older than 14/15.
    Finally, once he gets over that, it's back to his no-nonsense understanding of the true gravity of the situation.
    • In the following chapter, after The Reveal, it happens again in the same situation: after Cross tearfully begs for forgiveness, Nami solemnly asks him to answer one question…how rich they're going to get. Sanji then jumps in asking about the beauties they'll find, Zoro briefly attempts to chastise them before caving and asking about their future fights…yeah.
    • In Chapter 23, Koala goes from contemplative to furious when she hears herself described as prominent and cuddly.
    • In Chapter 24, Cross quickly revises his opinion that Chopper should never go Hyde again when he hears that he almost doubled the Rumble Ball's effectiveness within the first few minutes before he went insane.
    • In Chapter 29, Cross's mood switches from sleepy to panicked when Hina suggests letting Vergo in on MI3.
    • In Chapter 32, Sanji flip-flops between terrified and loving when he hears the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Nami is executing on Jonathan.
    • During the events of Movie 6, Broggy congratulates Dorry for remembering where he heard about a flower that messes with the minds of its victims, before both panic when they realize exactly what the Straw Hats are facing.
    • In Chapter 43, Merry goes from lamenting that she can't swim anymore, to jubilant that Usopp has a solution, to furious that said solution is an inner tube.
    • In the same chapter, post-Enies Lobby victory celebration, Cross, Zoro, Nami, Vivi and Merry are watching the sunrise after successfully negotiating with the remnants of CP9, and then the scene cuts to Aokiji and a newly minted Warlord Blackbeard watching Ace, Squardo and Whitey in a Marine brig.
    • In Chapter 44, Merry is indignant that they're naming the Straw Hats' new ship without Franky present, but changes her tune when she hears what name Franky had his mind set on.
    • Chapter 47 has a few when meeting Brook:
      • Conis is initially perfectly pleasant to Brook, until Merry informs her that the walking dead are not natural occurrences on the Blue Seas. Conis proceeds to pass out.
      • Leo doesn't want Brook anywhere around the crew, but when Cross says he's a swordsman, he instantly welcomes the newest person to take Zoro's attention off him.
      • The moment when Vivi and Conis ask to learn the Poneglyph language from Robin goes from heartwarming to hilarious when Robin shows just how... suppressed her dream of being a teacher was.
  • Mook Horror Show: Four of the weaker Straw Hats (Nami, Chopper, Cross, and Soundbite) instill such terror into the Marines they fight at Enies Lobby that the one calling for reinforcements is reduced to simply repeating "Oh god" over and over.
  • More Expendable Than You: Zoro offers his head to Kuma for Luffy like in canon, but with the addition of Cross and his infamy and Zoro's head not worth both, Nami offers herself as well.
  • Morton's Fork:
    • Cross faces this in regards to Little Garden, and Nami falling prey to the Kestia. He has two choices: either suffer Nami to come within an inch of death with the payoff of getting Chopper, which is much harder to face now that she's his friend, or save her from the Kestia at the cost of, in all likelihood, never meeting Chopper and, worse still, dooming Drum to Wapol's tyranny. In the end, he chooses the second option…only for a different prehistoric bacterium to infect him instead, setting the crew en route to Drum anyway.
    • Cross faces this again when their encounter with Mr. 2 draws nearer. On the one hand, letting him go would mean a town burning down and a lot of trouble for everyone. On the other hand, if they got rid of him, the Straw Hats would never escape Hina at the end of the Alabasta arc nor, much later, would Luffy succeed in his jailbreak from Impel Down. Unlike the above, Cross has no difficulty making up his mind and taking the first option, though he still hates it.
    • Another one occurs as the crew draws close to Thriller Bark; Cross contemplates making sure Usopp's confidence remains low to make sure they still have a trump card against Perona, especially considering how dangerous her powers are, but ultimately discards it in favour of the other option of making his own plans for her. Considering what might have happened in canon with Usopp's self-esteem and Merry, it was a smart decision.
  • Mundane Utility: Soundbite's Gastro-Blast technique is a devastating attack that no human should be able to survive. It shatters bones and steel with a blast of pure sound...and can also be used to make a steak so tender that it literally melts in your mouth.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Courtesy of Iceburg, Rocketman's smokestack cuts into Sniper King's introduction.
    • And Robin does the same to Cross's Thriller routine.
  • Must Make Amends: After both opposing the Straw Hats on the way to Enies Lobby and his unconscionable blowout at Cross and Bartolomeo at their last meeting, T-Bone finds himself wanting to restore his honour, and he gets the opportunity by beating a recovered Rob Lucci to get CP9's loyalty to the New World Masons.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Cross's reaction after he kills the Kestia before it can bite Nami.
  • My God, You Are Serious: Robin's reaction when both Vivi and Conis ask to learn the Void Language of the Poneglyphs.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels:
  • Mythology Gag: After riding a T-rex on Little Garden, Cross justifies himself to Usopp and Luffy by declaring it a "man's romance".
    • In Chapter 22, Cross creates the Strawhat Broadcasting Station, which he abbreviates as SBS.
    • In Chapter 44, it's revealed that Nami didn't pose in a bikini for her bounty poster this time. Vivi did.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter:
    • After learning that Kureha gagged him with a vial of sugar rather than salt, Soundbite's reaction is not written coherently. The reactions to it are, however:
      Cross: (rubbing a finger in his ear and whistling in awe) Wow…
      Nami: I… lost track of what he was saying halfway through, though I think he managed to insult your family back to its… tenth generation?
      Vivi: I know twelve different languages, but… I didn't recognize a third of what he said.
      Kureha: KAK KAK KAK! Either way, he's got quite the mouth on him!
    • Chopper and Nami's examples under Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Nami, due to all those nights in Arlong's crew trying to drink her mother's death away.
  • Never Heard That One Before: Marine Captain Very Good has this to say about puns relating to his name:
    "Spare me, Jeremiah Cross. I have heard every joke in the book, not even you could say one I haven't endured before."
  • Nice Hat: Cross steals a Marine cap in Chapter 18. Tashigi confiscates it early in their Enemy Mine in Chapter 19, but gives it to him to keep afterwards when he earns her respect.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Intent on getting the fight with Luffy that he has waited for without Lucci getting in the way, Jabra takes out Blueno before he can regroup and report back to Spandam, solving the Straw-Hats' problem of the foolproof backup plan to get Robin out of their reach.
    • The fact that Jabra kept a Six Powers cheat sheet in his room for review greatly helped Boss when he got his flippers on it.
    • Thanks to Spandam having such a superiority complex that he kept an operational black book for CP9, a black-ops organisation whose actions are all but clandestine, in his possession, Cross is able to broadcast on the SBS enough Dirty Business to permanently tarnish the WG's reputation.
    • During their Cat Fight, Kalifa attempts to use her Bubble-Bubble Fruit to wash Nami's mind blank of any thoughts, but all she ends up doing is washing away all of Nami's stress instead. As such later, she doesn't hesitate to jump into the churning waters between the Tower of Justice and the Bridge of Hesitation, in order to get to and activate the controls that close the Gates of Justice.
  • Nightmare Face: Hiuo Hiruno's face takes on an expression Cross describes as a "soulless mask with three gaping holes where her eyes and mouth should be".
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. Even aside from Cross's biscuit problem, when he gets the Primal Cholera on Little Garden that is the crew's reason for going to Drum this time, he has some severe symptoms that involve a bed with a hole, a bedpan, and him not wearing pants.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: What does Vivi get for her 2 years in the Baroque Works organization, working for and trying to bring down the man who's trying to destroy her kingdom? Being accused of treason and forced to leave Alabasta, never to return.
  • Non Sequitur, Thud:
    • Cross jumps a little too much while up on a tree branch when Luffy comes out of nowhere and surprises him. After he hits the ground, he starts singing "A Bicycle Built For Two" while Soundbite sings some strange amalgamation of "Yankee Doodle" and "Old McDonald".
    • After one of Nami's gold-euphoric dances, Vivi is left with dizzy eyes and mumbling how she doesn't want to learn ballet because Kohza would laugh at her.
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: This applies given that the city of octopi the Straw Hats run into communicate mainly by eight-tentacled sign language... and Vivi and Robin end up insulting the shogun, his lineage and his surfing skills when Vivi accidentally uses the eight-tentacled dialect instead of the eight-jointed-limbed dialect.
  • Noodle Implements: Subverted when Nami threatens Cross with a mirror, straight razor, needle and thread. She plans to emasculate him and make him watch.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • So many bizarre things happen on Little Garden that Cross suggests that they make it this, referring to it thenceforth as the 'Little Garden Affair' (though that's only after Luffy wrecks the diagram that they had just finished putting together detailing said bizarre things).
    • Chapter 14 reveals that Luffy once tried to eat guns. According to him, they taste bad.
    • In Chapter 21, after seeing that Zoro's fight with Mr. 1 went...about as bad as it did in canon, and Zoro attempts to shrug off Cross and Nami's assistance:
    Cross: If these wounds don't lay you out, then I can guarantee you that Chopper will. Do you want him to break out the good drugs again, hmm? Do you?
    Zoro: (shuddering and looking panicked) So many colors and I couldn't hit any of them...
    • In Chapter 26, Cross precedes the main subject of his SBS broadcast by mentioning that he was recuperating from somehow making two of the crew's females and Sanji angry through some sort of mishap involving what was most likely a Flame Dial. Chapter 28 reveals that it probably involved Clothing Damage, and Conis had a similar incident at some point.
    • In Chapter 34, Itomimizu of the Foxy Pirates mentions a lost court case which means he can say "The humanity" instead of "The sapient-ity".
    • In Chapter 35, perhaps in one of the more literal uses of the trope, Su mentions an incident that involved Conis, some form of overloading, and macaroni and, in Conis's words, 'so much cheese'.
    • It appears that in-between chapters Cross and the gang encountered Ratchet and Randolph (the Marine-turned-actor from one of the specials), and both times Vivi managed to screw things up in her own personal fashion. But as the reader has no clear idea as to what happened, it counts as a Noodle Incident.
    • Turns out the Red-Haired Pirates rampage/party took them all the way to Dressrosa and made them black out for two days. One of the first things they say upon waking up is telling Doflamingo "sorry about [his] city."
    • Whatever the hell Urouge got up to on Kyuka Island. Though apparently it's not so much Squick-inducing as Nosebleed-inducing.
    • Several were mentioned in Chapter 47, including talking squirrels, The Case of the Missing Brunch, the Sandbank Inferno Incident, the Great Lobster Blowout, and an instance where Zoro got so lost they found him on another island.
  • No-Sell:
    • Out of rage, Cross attempts to punch Mr. 3 after the above Heroic BSOD. Mr. 3 neutralizes it with hardly a thought, and even lampshades it.
    • Enel's Logia-powered Mantra is completely unaffected by Soundbite's attempts to block him out.
    • Bartolomeo, Miss Goldenweek, Apis, and Lindy are all immune to Boa Hancock's Love Love Beam. Miss Goldenweek due to having basically emotionally castrated herself, Lindy due to having such bizarre sexual preferences, Bartolomeo because he's too dedicated to Luffy, and Apis... because she's too young to feel lust.
    • Garp completely ignores Vivi's Sovereign's Will, since he doesn't respect her authority.
  • No Sympathy: The only response of the Five Elder Stars after listening to the Straw Hats' horrific ordeal against Lily Carnation are how they'd lost a potential anti-pirate weapon, which didn't even take out one of the biggest thorns in their side.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: The Straw Hats take massive advantage of this during the Davy Back Fight. After all, it can't be proven they're responsible for the mass of fog and heavy wind that covered the field just before the second round, or that they beat the hell out of the Groggy Monsters under the cover of said fog.
    • Among pirates, everyone is fully expected to cheat at cards. It's only punishable if someone can prove it. Notably, in a game of poker against Boss, Chopper, Robin, and Zoro, Soundbite was the only one without a royal flush. Robin and Zoro even had the same suit.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: The Florian Triangle. The thing about it is that it reflects the emotions of its inhabitants, and it reflecting people's fear of it as well as Moria's reputation resulted in its aura of death and terror. But if filled with cheer and joy, that too will be reflected as a world of pure celebration.
  • Not Hyperbole:
    • When Cross threatens to turn Luffy into Greninja (that is, wrap Luffy's tongue around his neck like a scarf), he's dead serious.
    • When Cross wonders if Hamburg is even human, Itomimizu tells him that's the multi-million beri question, before explaining that the Foxy Pirates actually have a betting pool that large.
    • Apparently, being called 'hammers' isn't just a nickname regarding Devil Fruit users being unable to swim. As Cross learned when he was saving a sinking Merry, Devil Fruit eaters are actually as heavy in water.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: While broadcasting that Luffy got into a surfing contest against the Octopi Shogunate Octavio, Cross reassures listeners that he couldn't make this up if he tried.
    • During Isaiah and Terry's introduction, Soundbite insists he's not even changing their dialogue.
    • Soundbite insists he's not lying that the SBS broadcasts actually have shaken up the faith of several Marines.
  • Not Me This Time:
    • Played with. Water 7 being on fire is mostly Cross's fault, but part of it was actually Franky's doing from a few years back.
    • Then again with Cross's bounty, and the obscenely high number thereupon. In Sengoku's own words:
      • Who is responsible? Garp, for Cross humiliating him on the SBS.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • When Cross decides to act like Phoenix Wright, Robin plays along as the judge, finding the whole thing rather amusing.
    • Later during the G-8 arc, she sits down for a game of chess against Vice-Admiral Jonathan.
    Robin: The middle of a life-or-death situation, and I find myself playing a friendly game of chess with the person responsible for every bit of danger in that situation. I can't deny it any more. I love being a Straw Hat Pirate.
    • Hina desperately tries to remain professional while her crew has a dance party behind her while listening to music playing during the SBS broadcast, until she finds herself joining in.
  • Not So Different: Jabra could have been able to use this against Luffy...and then he had to defy this trope by calling Blueno weak, after he was already on shaky standing with Luffy. Naturally, Luffy is pissed.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • In Chapter 18, when the crew arrives at Rainbase, Zoro whoops at the thought of not having to traverse the desert anymore. It takes a minute for them to believe that he's actually Zoro.
    • As of Chapter 25, it seems that Robin's losing her status as The Stoic a lot faster than in canon.
      • Such as completely losing her calm countenance when Cross gives her a noogie.
      • Or Vivi and Conis fulfilling one of her childhood dreams by offering to be her students in Void Language, which gets her outright Squeeing.
    • After Cross pulls his Davy Jones ghost story prank on his listeners, Zoro, Robin and even Wiper are laughing fit to bust.
    • Dragon bursts into laughter when he hears the Straw Hats annihilate the World Government's flag.
  • Not Worth Killing: Cross specifically states he finds the Unluckies too pitiful to make them the first enemies he kills, regardless of how determined they are to kill him.
  • Now You Tell Me:
    • Due to Luffy disliking spoilers to his adventures, a lot of Cross's canon knowledge is held off unless it's really important. This means that for most of the minor hiccups that happen in canon, Cross just lets them play out and then tells the crew after the fact.
    • He does use his knowledge to defuse Vivi's tendency to use this trope, though.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Implied to be the case, at least to an extent, with Mr. 4. Miss Merry Christmas objects to his decision of giving Lassoo to Cross, saying that Cross had helped stop them and save the kingdom. 4 uses that as his own reasoning, and in response to a surprised Christmas considering aloud how she wondered sometimes how moronic he actually was, he smiles.
  • Obligatory Swearing: And how.
  • Offscreen Teleportation:
    • After Zoro decided he wanted a drink, Soundbite stopped paying attention for ten seconds. Somehow this was enough time for Zoro to get halfway across a massive Marine base and find a refrigerator with booze, despite walking the entire time.
    • However the Revolutionaries got Cross from Water 7 to Baltigo and back in mere hours.
  • Oh, Crap!: Many.
    • In Chapter 1, Cross has this reaction upon seeing the tropical forest he wakes up in, until he realizes that it's not Little Garden.
    • In Chapter 3, pretty much anytime that Cross crosses paths with Smoker.
    • In Chapter 6,
      • Cross has this reaction as soon as he gets past his adrenaline rush-induced haze to remember exactly what the sounds are that he hears as he's coming down Reverse Mountain: Laboon.
      • Then he does it again when he runs over the rest of the Baroque Works saga in his mind, and still thinks he's forgetting something. The thing he's forgetting? The crazy weather between Reverse Mountain and Whiskey Peak.
    • In Chapter 8, Cross and Vivi have this reaction when Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine show up.
    • In Chapter 9, everyone has this reaction as soon as they get to the Inevitable Waterfall.
    • In Chapter 10, Cross has this reaction when he runs into Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine again. With nobody there to help him except Soundbite. And the two Baroque Works agents eager to kill him.
    • In Chapter 12, Cross has the biggest and most plot-worthy one thus far after hearing that due to his sickness, he had some of his mental barriers weakened… meaning that for a few days, he had been unconsciously running his mouth with knowledge that was not meant to leave his mind, in front of his entire crew.
    • In Chapter 13, Cross has this reaction at least once while trying to stall Wapol.
    • In Chapter 14, the first thing Cross learns upon waking up is that Kureha has given him some vitamin supplements of her own design, meaning that Cross is now as Made of Iron as the average person in One Piece. On one hand, he's in significantly less danger of dying. On the other hand, he's now fair game for Nami's Idiot Punches, and considering that he's currently staring down Kureha's medical bills…
    • In Chapter 15, Cross has this reaction after Mr. 2 touches his face.
    • In Chapter 21, Cross manages to solicit this reaction from both of the Unluckies: Miss Friday when he prepares to snap her goggles back on her face, sending her into a nosedive to the ground; and Mr. 13 when he lights the lighter he got from Tashigi...while said otter is soaked in liquor.
    • Chapter 25's look at the Red-Haired Pirates has one of the new recruits having this reaction... when he finds out that Lucky Roux is Sea-King fishing and he needs bait.
    • In Chapter 25, this is reaction of everyone when, like in canon, they witness the shipwreck falling from the sky that kicks off the Skypeia arc. Except for Cross.
    • In Chapter 27, Tashigi gets this reaction when Cross tells on the SBS that the Marines she tried to deflect from the Straw hats were sent right at them instead. Within earshot of Smoker.
    • Chapter 28 has a Mass "Oh, Crap!" (except Cross and Soundbite), when Usopp goes for a swim in the White Sea, and his tether starts paying out as they realize he's swimming in a bottomless cloud.
    • Another Mass "Oh, Crap!" happens when, after Cross's ghost story about Davy Jones, the campfire goes out, the place lights up with green lights, and a tentacled, crab-clawed shadow steps out to terrify the whole crew senseless. In Cross's opinion, their expressions are priceless.
    • One for Conis when Cross wakes up from Enel's initial attack, sees Conis, and thinking he missed the whole battle, makes a statement about how he wished he could've seen Enel's face when Luffy kicked the crap out of him... not realizing he was only knocked out for a second and a very unamused Enel is still nearby.
    • Usopp has one when he realizes that he, as the outsider Sniperking, just told Luffy, the captain of the crew of True Companions incarnate, that Usopp ran away because he was too scared and sent Sniperking in his place, right before a mission to save one of their own. Luffy instantly grasps the implications, and he doesn't like them one bit.
    • In Chapter 37, Sengoku goes from Flat "What." to Big "WHAT?!" when he realizes that the Straw Hats are storming Enies Lobby.
    • In Chapter 39, Kaku and Kalifa get one when they realize that Cross called them "long-neck" and "bubbly", long before they ever received their Devil Fruits.
    • All of the Straw Hats' reactions when Sengoku and the Marine fleet finally show up at Enies Lobby.
    • In Chapter 48, Perona has a big one when she hears that Chopper has his sights set on her real body.
    • Chapter 50 has Cross and Soundbite doing this... because Moria's Devil Fruit has just AWAKENED.
  • Omake: Several, written by both the Cross-Brain and their fans.
    • One in particular is a non-canon Crossover between this fic and the shipgirls of Kantai Collection, when the latter's base plays host to a certain goat-horned pirate shipgirl.
    • A canon one is Doflamingo returning to Dressrosa after dealing with Big Mom and Kaido, only to find that his castle was host to a Red-Haired Pirate party.
    • Two more fan-created canon Omakes include the scenes where CP9 join the New World Masons and when the Accino family arrive in Alabasta and join the kingdom in Revolution.
  • One Degree of Separation:
    • Captain T-Bone was a Marine soldier in the West Blue who was ordered on the sea-wide pursuit of Nico Robin. When he and his men protested against the unreasonable amount of force, they were sold out by Vergo and the entire division massacred by Akainu. T-Bone barely survived.
      • And when she hears about Vergo, Hina, who served with him under Tsuru, is suitably shell-shocked.
    • Vice Admiral Jonathan trained together with Bell-mère.
    • Lily Carnation is the monster that chased Buggy out of the Grand Line and into the safety of the East Blue.
    • Mr. 13 and Ms. Friday are from Kuraigana Island.
    • Don Accino's Hot-Hot Fruit is one of six Devil Fruits passed through Alabasta's Royal Guardians for generations, until several were lost or stolen (one of which is the Sand-Sand Fruit).
    • Garp spars with Boss's teacher and role model Sifu Dugong on a yearly basis.
    • Boss Dugong has history with the Fierce Penguins under the command of the Accino family, in particular Skipper, the Mad Penguin of Gascar.
    • By virtue of the Parental Substitute-type bond he shared with Corazon/Donquixote Rocinante, Trafalgar Law is technically the adoptive grandson of Sengoku. Sengoku is unaware of the relation while Law is unaware of how deep it is. The only people who are aware of their connection are Cross and members of the New World Masons.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with MI5 member Lieutenant Commander Drake and X. Drake the Supernova.
    • Also Leo (or Leonardo) of the TDWS and Leo the Tontatta from the Dressrosa Saga.
    • Also the Going Merry when she becomes human and her designer, Merry the butler of Kaya.
    • It's a point of contention during the Little East Blue Arc, when Boss the Straw Hat dugong ship guard meets Boss the mutant beetle, who was renamed Boss Kabuto by the villagers to differentiate, and the beetle's friend Yoko is not happy about her friend's name being stolen.
  • One-Winged Angel: Maybe even worse than his canon Shadows Asgard, Awakened!Moria mutates his own shadow and transforms into one named Nidhogg for his final assault on the Straw Hats. He is still beaten by Luffy.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: One of the Galley-La workers is only known as Colts Guy because everyone forgets his name.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • In Chapter 25, the normally courageous and manly Boss scouts underwater after Soundbite drives off a giant octopus, and promptly jumps back on the ship shouting that they have to leave now! Turns out a giant tortoise (large enough to have an entire city on its back) was surfacing under the Going Merry.
    • Cross manages to cause two in Chapter 26, one without even realizing it.
      • First he breaks Robin's facade as The Stoic by telling her he'd explain his otherworldly knowledge when she tells the crew about the day Ohara died.
      • Second, during his SBS broadcast, Cross speaking out against the inhumanity of slavery and the evil of the Marines for allowing it causes Boa Hancock to declare him and anyone associated with him to be exempt from Amazon Lily's Lady Land law.
    • Terry drops his usual serving of Large Ham when he and Isaiah tell the Shandians exactly what happened to Jaya and Shandora.
    • Played for Laughs in Chapter 31 when Nami is so ecstatic over getting an entire pillar made of gold that she not only agrees to give massive amounts of money away, but even lets Cross take some tangerines from her orchard. However, she still won't forgive Zoro's debt.
      • Cross convinces her to set aside most of the gold after he explains the gravity of the Going Merry's situation, namely that Merry simply wasn't built for the Grand Line and is currently dying from the damage that's built up.
    • In Chapter 35, after the crew's loss to Aokiji, Luffy goes back on his hatred of spoilers and tells Cross he can reveal anything he wants if it'll help them get stronger.
    • Aplenty in Baron Omatsuri And The Secret Island:
      • How serious is Garp recognizing Baron Omatsuri from his glory days? Serious enough to make Akainu falter.
      • Even though none of the Straw Hats realize it themselves, everyone listening to the events of the SBS as they unfold with Baron Omatsuri can sense something's wrong as the crew's bonds slowly fall apart.
      • The transmitted horror that is Lily Carnation has even stoics like Basil Hawkins in flusters and Jewelry Bonney devoid of her appetite.
      • Luffy fighting to save his crew has a listening Kureha drop her vanity and outright shout for Luffy to save Chopper, calling him her son.
      • And the aftermath of Baron Omatsuri's attack has Garp calling and telling Luffy that he's So Proud Of Him, and Sengoku offering Luffy a Warlord position, knowing it'll be refused, and even showing a hint of respect.
    • Every time Cross manages to actually start the SBS himself, even before interrupting him was a thing. By the time the third incident rolls around, many of their listeners have realized this trope is in effect.
      • The first time, it's to reveal that Vivi was joined the Straw Hats full time due to being wrongly accused of treason.
      • The second time, while no one noticed at the time the SBS started, it's the broadcast that starred Omatsuri Island.
      • The third time, it's to announce that they're going to rescue Nico Robinnote  and raze Enies Lobby to the ground.
      • The fourth time, it's to announce the beginning of their interview with Dr. Hogback, and the prepared sacking of Thriller Bark.
    • Upon learning the Straw Hats have declared war on the World Government, Dragon and Boa Hancock begin laughing their asses off.
    • In Chapter 52, Nami not only declares Cross' debt to her clear but says she owes him one.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot:
    • During the scene in the palace baths, after Cross finishes telling Nami he has too much respect for her to peep on her, she manages to call him up to the wall to talk to him, only to give him an eyeful of Vivi instead. The first thing Cross comments on is whether she's dedicated with the hair dye. Vivi's stool, meet Cross's cranium.
    • When Cross wakes up from Enel's initial attack and sees Conis, he makes a statement about how he wished he could've seen Enel's face when Luffy kicked the crap out of him, thinking that he missed the whole arc... not realizing he was only knocked out for a second and a very unamused Enel is right next to them.
    • Since Usopp never leaves the crew in Water 7, while acting as Sniperking to try to pretend to be someone braver, he essentially states that 'Usopp' deserted from the mission of rescuing Robin without any significant reason. Luffy is not pleased by the implications.
    • One of Nami's fanboys on Little East Blue, when he lets slip that to make the perfect statue that she first saw, they had made a lot of practice ones which had turned into Nami nudes.
  • "Open!" Says Me:
    • Conis does this a couple of times to get through doors. It helps to be 4 times stronger than a normal human.
    • Soundbite quotes this to get through a safe door.
    • Both Sengoku and Garp lend their strength to breaking down the Gates of Justice.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Invoked by Cross in Chapter 20 to force Mr. 2 to drop his disguise of Usopp:
    • Zeff realizes something's dreadfully wrong on the Secret Island when he hears Sanji refuse someone food. And that's just one of the alerts.
    Zeff: Sanji... he would never say that. Not in a thousand years, not if his life depended on it, not if every woman in the world begged him to say it.
    • Cross invokes this again: by convincing Iceburg and Franky that Robin has never wanted to revive the Ancient Weapons, they decide that they don't need to keep the Pluton's blueprints around anymore... forcing the two hidden CP9 agents to make a grab for the blueprints once Franky brings them out to burn them.
    • Robin and Vivi note that Cross isn't snarking as usual when they enter the Florian Triangle and he is put off on how unnatural and devoid of life the sea is.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Cross does this when leaping off the Bridge of Hesitation.
  • Paranoia Gambit: After Robin joins the crew, despite Cross's friendliness towards her, she remembers that after their first meeting, he promised that they'd meet again, and he'd pay her back. Cross informs her that he doesn't plan on getting her back anytime soon, because he needs to think a long time about what to do. And meanwhile...she can worry about it.
  • Parental Favoritism: In a canon omake, Don Accino says that Lil is his favorite of his children.
  • Parenthetical Swearing: After learning the truth of Ohara, Tsuru responds to Sengoku's orders with a "Yes sir" that sounds far more like "Fuck you".
  • Pistol-Whipping: Conis eventually learns how to do this with Boss's tutelage. With a bazooka.
  • Plot Allergy: Eating biscuits gives Cross an instantaneous and horrible case of diarrhea. It's unclear why, and it's not much of a plot point; it's barely even a Running Gag.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: Soundbite's Gastro-Scramble move fills the air with white noise, blocking out anyone who's listening, even Enel. Or so he thinks...
  • Power Born of Madness: Moria's Villainous Breakdown directly leads to his Devil Fruit Awakening. Hardly the Enlightenment Superpowers it usually is...
  • Power of Trust: During The Reveal in Chapter 14, after Zoro calls Cross out on his Hypocrisy about telling dangerous secrets, Cross admits he didn't tell the crew about his future knowledge because he didn't trust them to not freak out and kick him off the crew. It's literally enough to drive him to tears. But of course, this is the Straw Hat Pirates we're talking about, so this is the predictable outcome.
  • Pride Before a Fall:
    • The World Noble Saint Jamolomew participates in the usual practice of dog-kicking a storeful of civilians. When the news about Enies Lobby breaks and the civilians realize there are no Marine reinforcements available for retribution, it's the last bit of pride Jamolomew has.
    • Hogback's pride in creating a zombie army results in him happily explaining what he does over the SBS.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Vivi's thoughts about being branded a criminal by the World Government is apparently, "Fuck every last one of those bastards who banished me from my home, hard."
    • Conis's response to Soundbite saying it's a good day to die: "Fuck that, it's a good day for someone else to die."
  • Properly Paranoid: While he comes across Nami and Vivi bathing together, Absalom hesitates due to his instincts telling him something's wrong. At least he does until Vivi drops the soap. Unfortunately for him, he was right to be suspicious.
  • Psychoactive Powers:
    • After getting Ohm's Eisen Dial, Nami finds that unless she actively wills them not to, the clouds she creates respond to and act upon her more unconscious desires - like throttling Cross for being an idiot.
    • Moria's Awakened Shadow-Shadow Fruit gives him immense umbrakinesis over his area of awareness, but outside of that, the shadows animate of their own volition and recreate scenes from his broken memory.
  • Public Secret Message: In Chapter 23, Cross utilizes the SBS to send a coded message to Sabo, phrased so that nobody other than his brothers and the Revolutionaries could discern its recipient, to tell him about his brothers.

    Tropes R - T 
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Cross curses the BROB that sent him into One Piece for his horrible luck twice in Chapter 21, once after the machine-gun toting Miss Friday traps him in a wide-open area, and once after discovering that said vulture's last action before passing out disabled Soundbite's powers, which means the Straw Hats have no way of stopping the rebellion before Luffy beats Crocodile. The latter is much more blatant:
    Cross: You’re enjoying this, aren’t you? Let me repeat myself: if I live through this, I had better have some damn good form of compensation coming my way, BECAUSE YOU FUCKING OWE ME!
    • Chapter 22 shows that B.R.O.B. heard him, and grants his wish.
  • Rage Breaking Point:
    • Enies Lobby is one long series of these for Sengoku, who, just when you think he can't get any angrier...well. Ultimately, this becomes a detriment as, due to his old age, his body can't handle the stress, culminating in him suffering a (non-fatal) heart attack.
    • Doflamingo clearly hits his in the aftermath of the Enies Lobby debacle (where he had to deal with both Big Mom and Kaido) when he finds the Red Hair Pirates in his throne room and the city badly damaged. His underlings start panicking when they notice one of the walls literally coming apart at the seams.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Perona gives one, capped with a Big "NO!", when she hears that Chopper has got his hands on her real body.
  • Rated M for Manly: The personification of the Boss of the Kung-Fu Dugongs that join the crew.
    • And goes into Testosterone Poisoning during the Davy Back Fight... and witnessing Afro Luffy.
    • Boss and Franky flexing at each other is so manly it makes Cross's chest hair grow.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • As skilled as Kalifa is, she still isn't going to master her new powers in an hour.
    • Becoming a shipgirl gives Merry a chance to heal from her life threatening injuries, but now she's a little girl with life threatening injuries.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Iceburg quotes the trope by name as part of why he worked with the World Government.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica:
    • Dragon, upon getting information about certain WG covert ops, sends Hack and Koala to the South part of South Blue.
    • Akainu and Onigumo, courtesy of Sengoku. After the debacle with Enies Lobby, in response to all the calls for dishonorable discharge and court-martial, he sends the Red Dog and the spider to the front lines of the New World against the Emperors, to show the public why they still need them. Along with them are other Marines who espouse "Absolute Justice", just to make sure they don't make things any worse than they already have.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • How do Boss, Zoro and Sanji win their round in the Davy Back Fight? Beat up the opposition before the game even begins under cover of fog. How do they defend themselves when they're spattered with the opposition's blood? Declare that they went hunting under cover of fog. How do they rationalize that? Easy; they're badasses.
    • Cross bursting into the Franky House, plopping down on the couch, and drinking Franky's cola is odd enough that Franky doesn't react until the Unluckies burst in.
  • Restrained Revenge: Cross finally repays Robin for almost killing him during their first meeting, letting Chopper almost dissect him, and encouraging the Groin Attacks from the other girls... by giving her a noogie.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder:
    • Cross wonders during an SBS broadcast who came up with the Davy Back Fight, only for someone to call and tell him: Whitebeard.
    • After seeing Roger in Luffy and Tom in Iceburg, Garp wonders where his incarnation in this new generation is. Coby pipes up behind him.
  • Right Behind Me: Frequent.
    • Smoker pulls this in Loguetown. Cross and Soundbite are suitably terrified.
    • Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine pull this in Whiskey Peak. Cross and Vivi are suitably terrified.
    • A velociraptor pulls this in Little Garden. Cross and Soundbite are suitably terrified.
    • Kureha pulls this in Drum. Cross is suitably terrified.
    • Smoker pulls this in Chapter 27. Tashigi is... well, you get the idea.
    • Averted during the Skypiea arc. Donny asks if Satori is behind him, but all that there is is his mass of trick balls.
    • Pagaya pulls this after Enel is beaten. Cross is... startled.
    • Kuma pulls this after Moria is beaten. Cross doesn't even have time to be suitably terrified.
    • Fabre, mayor of Little East Blue, pulls this on Boss. Boss is... not suitably terrified.
  • Retroactive Wish: In Laboon's stomach:
    Cross: Well, at any rate… maybe we actually are in the belly of a whale? The walls could be painted or something.
    Zoro: You can't be serious.
    Cross: (taking an oath-taking pose) May a Sea King strike me down should I lie!
    (cue giant squid coming out of the water)
    Usopp: AAAAGH! SEA KING!
    Cross: (panicking) May the Sea King be struck down should I lie!
    (cue three giant harpoons promptly killing the squid)
    Cross: (stares blankly, and then looks up) May a billion berries fall from the sky should I lie!
    Cross: Seriously? What omnipotent divine being worth their divine salt doesn't do things in threes?
    Soundbite: RIPOFF!
    • But as shown under Brick Joke above, it wasn't quite a ripoff.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Sanji goes on a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Ohm for hurting Conis. It's so much that he actually sets himself on fire.
    • While watching the events of Movie 6 as transmitted by Soundbite, Garp is so anguished at seeing his grandson's pain that he makes plans to go to that island and tear the monster apart with his own two hands, before the biggest Buster Call in history blows the island off the map. To be in the same room as him and his rage during those plans is suffocating, even for the Admirals.
  • Rousing Speech: During his fight with Lucci, Luffy gets one not only from Cross but also from people all over the world, including all the Supernovas, Aisa, Dadan, Bartolomeo, Hancock, and Gol D. Roger himself.
  • Rules Lawyer: Played right into the ground during the Davy Back Fight, especially Cross's insistence that Soundbite and Lassoo are full-fledged crew members so that Foxy can't get all three of them in the same round.
  • Running Gag:
    • The line "I am...conflicted." seems to be this.
    • Cross setting towns on fire with his antics.
    • Assorted crew members contemplating setting the world on fire.
    • Soundbite interrupting Cross whenever he tries to start the SBS. And after that, other people start interrupting Soundbite interrupting Cross.
    • People shouting "CROSS, YOU SON OF A-!" only to be interrupted or cut off.
    • Cross hitting the foghorn button.
      Cross: I love this thing.
      Everyone else: WE KNOW!
    • Every time someone gets caught cheating at anything.
    • In The Battle of Kinpaku Island, the phrase "(minus Lucci)" is added after anytime CP9 was mentioned while Lucci was still in the hospital.
    • Somebody moaning "Why did it have to be the Straw Hats?"
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • CP9 faces this in Enies Lobby. Either they do their jobs and try to defeat the Straw Hats who, quite apart from their reputation, treated their third strongest member like a punching bag, or they attempt to flee and risk Lucci's blatant death threat for doing so. They unanimously choose the former, and unanimously regret it. Most notably in the conclusion of Nami versus Kalifa, right before the coup de grâce:
      Kalifa: ...I should have tried my luck with Lucci.
      Nami: Considering how you chose to face us instead? Yes. You should have.
    • The Marine fleet sent to suppress the Straw Hats also face this choice, when they see that their own commanders are willing to kill anyone in the way of killing the pirates. Either they stay to do their jobs and possibly get slaughtered in the crossfire, or they try to run and face the wrath of Admiral Akainu. They ultimately choose the former, and suffer for it.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Mr. 3's entrance in Chapter 19, after Cross's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Tashigi.
  • Scare 'em Straight: In the face of Sakazuki's lava powers and certain death, the Marine T-Bone renounced the betrayal of his flotilla, condemned them all as evil, and swore to be a steadfast, uncrooked pursuer of justice and duty of the World Government. But his men's death and his change in morality slowly ached at him until, in the face of Cross's steadfastness to his ideals, he could not refute his actions any longer.
  • Screw Destiny: Cross makes it his goal to use his future knowledge to prevent the most tragic events in the canon series from happening, including Merry's destruction and the War of the Best. While he managed to save Merry thanks to a Devil Fruit that made her human, it looks like the War of the Best is still coming.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Sanji and Luffy escape a group of Marines when the former yells, "Jessica just found out Jonathan threw away a meal she made for him!" Every Marine present promptly sprints out of there.
    • Terry and Isaiah decide to stay at Marine Base G-8 when the Straw Hat insanity grows too much for them.
    • During the attack on Enies Lobby, roughly half the Marines run away yelling things like, "I didn't sign up for this."
    • Cross and Leo try to "de-ass the area with the quickness" when Sanji, Usopp and Zoro go after them (Cross for making them all see Kokoro's mermaid body and Leo for holding back in their fights). They don't escape.
    • After being warned of the sheer insanity of Cross's explanation for how he knows so much, Mozu, Kiwi, Lulu and Tilestone all haul ass out of there.
  • Schmuck Bait: During Su's solo run through Thriller Bark, Soundbite warns her not to go to a certain room if she knows what's good for her. As soon as he breaks contact, Su immediately heads in that direction, only to regret it when she runs into Tararan.
    Soundbite: Dare I ask WHY?
    Su: ...I wanted the challenge?
  • Secret Keeper:
    • Prior to The Reveal in Chapter 14, Soundbite was the only one who knew that Cross knew a lot more than he was letting on, but even he didn't know everything; it seems that somehow his knowledge from the Internet doesn't extend to One Piece itself.
    • Post-Reveal, the crew keeps his secret; the outsiders that have learned the truth about Cross thus far are Ace, Vivi's family, Iceburg, Paulie, Zambai, Dragon, Koala, and the New World Masons.
    • Zoro and Nami also serve as this; whenever there's sensitive information that needs to be handled properly, Cross shares it only with the first and second mate… and Soundbite, of course. Though in Chapter 24, as part of penance towards Vivi, Cross agrees to let her in on it as well, and in Chapter 43, Merry comes in as well, having technically been a part of it all along.
    • In Chapter 28, Cross writes down all of his relevant knowledge for the Skypiea arc, knowing that he won't be able to speak freely while Enel is around. He asks Robin to help him out, because she's the one with experience in being discreet when one slip-up could mean death, because her powers will help him write faster...and because she'd just use said powers to peek at his notes anyway.
    • When the Marine training grounds were moved to Navarone, Jonathan ended up telling Instructor Zephyr about their endeavors to bring down the Government, asking him to be a member. Though Zephyr closes off when he hears they're getting intel from pirates, he is sympathetic to their cause enough to keep their secret.
    • Lassoo and Funkfreed become this to Soundbite after the snail tells him what he witnessed: that both Zoro and Nami find their dreams less worthy than Luffy's and Cross's, and that if they knew, the conflict would tear the crew apart.
  • Secret Test of Character: Porche tries to seduce new crew members to the Foxy Pirates as one such test. She's rather pleased when Cross threatens her over it.
  • Seen It All:
    • The Yagara bulls are experienced enough that not only do they barely blink at attempted hijackings, they consider members of "the Union" to be newbies until they get in their first high speed chase.
    • Dragon doesn't even blink at the idea of Cross being from an alternate dimension where he read the story of their world. According to him, once you've seen all the seas like he has, nothing really surprises you anymore (except maybe your own father being an unfathomable idiot).
  • Self-Insert Fic: Obviously.
  • Sequence Breaking: Brook meets up and joins the Straw Hat crew as soon as they meet him and Cross tells his story, long before they even reach Thriller Bark.
  • Serious Business:
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: For all the crew's efforts, Merry's keel still snapped, meaning she's still doomed.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Cross explains to Nami exactly how Luffy and Zoro won by letting Bellamy beat them up: a bunch of nobodies were doing all they could to rile Luffy up and get him to react, to etch themselves into his memory for all eternity... and failed miserably.
  • Shell Shocked Survivor: Boss, the mutant beetle from the Little East Blue Arc, doesn't have good memories about Strong World.
  • Ship Sinking: Word of God states that, for the simple reason that none of the three authors have skill in that particular area, they have no plans of putting any pairings into the story.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Cross reveals that callers can call in and be on the SBS, Doflamingo tries to horn in on the show. Cross hangs up on him. Repeatedly.
  • Side Bet:
    • When all of the crew sans Luffy is swallowed by the whale, Cross offhandedly says that he bets ten Berries that Luffy will take another entrance and meet them inside the whale. Nami takes the bet, and after Luffy shows up, Cross grouses about not having wagered a thousand Berries instead before Nami reluctantly pays up.
    • Usopp bet Sanji at one point that Cross was actively trying to get himself killed. In Chapter 24, Sanji pays up.
  • Signature Laugh: It's One Piece, so this trope is very common. Noteworthy, however, in that Cross has one:
    • As a Voice Changeling, Soundbite has a lot of laughing styles, but his most common is a combination of 'Hee's, 'Hoo's, and 'Ha's.
    • Lassoo's laugh is "Hweehweehwee", taken directly from Muttley of Wacky Races.
    • Su's laugh is "Tseeheeheehee".
    • Dragon's is "Shishishishi", just like his son.
    • Hancock's is "Snahahaha".
    • Monet's is "Yukeeheeheehee".
    • Merry's human form is "Mwahahaha".
    • When she laughs genuinely, Robin laughs just like Saul.
      Robin: Dereshishishi!
    • T-Bone's is "Fahahaha".
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Nami's misery as they leave Alabasta, not because Vivi is forced to come with them after being assigned a bounty, but because they didn't get the solid-gold crocodile statues from Rain Dinners.
    • When Yasopp finds out that Usopp has become a Straw Hat Pirate from Cross's SBS broadcast, he and Shanks instantly get into a brawl. Yasopp is pissed because Shanks's protégé dragged his son away from his quiet, safe life, Shanks is pissed because Yasopp's Spit Take caused him to waste good booze.
    • Despite Arbell wanting the Accino-Hiruno wedding to be sabotaged for the good of their family, Vivi couldn't resist the opportunity to direct the dream wedding she's been planning since she was a child.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Cross is not afraid of giving Vivi a conk on the head if she ticks him off too much, especially when she gets over-excessive with the Groin Attacks. And this soon goes for the rest of the female crewmembers too.
  • Slasher Smile: Common. Some examples:
    • Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine have these on Little Garden when they meet Cross alone.
    • Used frequently enough with Kureha that Cross compares her to the Grim Reaper no fewer than three times.
    • At the end of Chapter 19, Cross has this reaction after they leave Luffy behind to fight Crocodile...and the rest of the crew agrees to let him give out some spoilers about the upcoming battles.
    • Smoker, of all people, gives one in Chapter 23, after Hina becomes convinced that he, Tashigi, and Cross are right about the corruption in the people they follow, and asks what he has in mind to fix it.
    • Sengoku gets a gold-plated, crazy-ass grin when, amidst all the chaos on Enies Lobby, Spandam idiotically reveals his plan to get control of Pluton and possibly overthrow the Five Elder Stars. The Fleet Admiral takes great pleasure in telling him to report to Marineford to receive "everything he has coming to him".
    • Trafalgar Law and the Heart Pirates get several when they hear Doctor Hogback begin to verbally dig his own grave on the SBS.
    • When Chopper gets his hands on Hogback at last, Cross reminds him not to do anything he wouldn't do. When Lassoo points out his whole "Spandam" episode, Cross gets one of these and replies that that's exactly the point.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: As Robin puts it, Spandam's delusions of grandeur are so great they actively rewrite his memories, making him see himself as the competent beloved chief of CP9 instead of someone they wouldn't piss on if he was on fire.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Zig-zagged. Vice Admiral Jonathan and Robin both play chess and play well, but Cross admits to being a beginner at best. There's too many rules for him.
  • Sole Survivor: Aside from Robin and Moria, a few other characters have this in their expanded backstory.
    • Marine Captain T-Bone, once of the 13th Royal Marine Flotilla. When his crew protested the excessive force chasing after Nico Robin, one of their own, Vergo, sold them out to Sakazuki, who promptly massacred them to a man.
    • Pickles of the Foxy Pirates. He was taken in a Davy Back Fight from his old crew, right before they were killed in a battle with the Marines.
    • Buggy. His old crew landed on a Secret Island and only the clown made it off alive. Can you blame him for wanting to stay out of the Grand Line from then on?
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • The Unluckies. If the For Want of a Nail in Chapter 19 wasn't enough, in Chapter 20, Cross attempts to use Soundbite's powers to stop or stall the Rebel Army outside of Alubarna. Unfortunately, the Unluckies arrive and snatch the snail, scrapping that plan. And even after they're beaten, Miss Friday manages to disable Soundbite's powers until Luffy beats Crocodile.
      • For a while, it actually became something of a Running Gag that the Straw Hats' plans never worked out as planned, to the point that the characters started making note of in their planning sessions. This was particularly frustrating and humiliating for Cross, as he is the official tactician for the crew. But starting after Skypiea, things start going much better.
    • Granny Kokoro proves to be this to Cross's plans. Sloshed out of her mind, she browbeats Iceburg and Franky into feeling the love that the Going Merry has for her crew, and encouraging them, as Tom's apprentices, construct a ship worthy of the Oro Jackson's successor... within earshot of Iceburg's secretary and one of his best shipwrights.
    • Aokiji. Post-Enies Lobby, when he came across an island hosting a big pirate brawl, he decided to halt the whole thing with an Ice Age... giving Blackbeard the perfect opportunity to swallow up his now-frozen opponents.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Rayleigh's name is spelt as "Raleigh" on occasion.
  • Spit Take:
    • In Chapter 24, Yasopp spits out his grog when he hears on the SBS that Usopp has joined Luffy's crew.
    • In Chapter 31, Robin spits out the jerky she's chewing on when she realizes it came from Nami kissing her, who got it from kissing Cross.
    • In Chapter 32, Sanji chokes on his cigarette when Cross tells him he's glad he's part secret agent.
      • And he does it again in Chapter 43 when Cross talks about sibling relationships.
    • In Chapter 38:
      • The entirety of the Red-Haired Pirates do this (Shanks twice) when Cross succeeds in starting the SBS, recognizing from the previous times he did that that what happens next is likely to be fraught with trouble.
      • Ace also gets this reaction when he learns that the Straw Hats just broke down the gates of Enies Lobby.
    • In Chapter 41, Cross does this when Vivi says she unlocked a version of Conqueror's Haki.
    • In Chapter 43, Robin does a full one (with drink this time) when Cross tells her just what he would've done to save Merry. Photographed for posterity, too.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Tashigi tries to invoke a Failure Gambit on the Marines tasked to chasing down Cross, by telling them that the Straw Hats have gone to a complete backwater place that Marine patrols actively avoid... Jaya. Given that this happens during the start of the Skypeia arc...
  • Squee!: When she first lays eyes on the pillar of gold, Nami gives one so loud it knocks Cross out and sends the rest of the crew reeling.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Commander Drake asks why Vice Admiral Jonathan hasn't simply shot Terry and Isaiah, to which Jonathan responds that he can't afford the two million beri fine.
  • Stealth Pun: In Chapter 16, after Luffy plows through a dozen or so buildings to get to a restaurant, sending Smoker and Ace flying in the process:
    Cross: (referring to Luffy) Are you a human, a monster, or some freak force of nature?
    Soundbite: D: all of the above!
    • The MI4 leaders and Cross all have code names based on the western zodiac. Smoker's? Cancer.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: While calmly summing up Cross, Luffy, and Ace's antics in Nanohana, Vivi suddenly starts yelling demanding to know why the town is on fire.
  • Super Empowering:
    • Word of God stated shortly after the release of Chapter 28 that Cross will eat a Devil Fruit. He revealed nothing, however, about which fruit it will be nor when he will eat it, though the second special confirmed that it will be post-Time Skip.
    • The Going Merry eats the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Child.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Chapter 13:
    Cross's Narration: I most decidedly did not squeal like a stuck pig when a dozen different scalpels buried themselves in the wood around my head.
    • Chapter 35:
    Cross's Narration: (faced with a furious Sanji) I most certainly did not swallow heavily.
    • Chapter 43:
    Third Person Narration: After a minute or so, Tashigi re-entered the room, furtively swiping at eyes that were pointedly not red or fluffy.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The entirety of the event with Baron Omatsuri is told through the perspectives of people around the world as they listen to the SBS and the horror that the Straw Hats have found themselves in.
  • Take a Third Option: Don Accino finds himself in a dilemma with regards to his bounty hunting rivals, the Hiruno Famiglia: Either he marries his daughter Lil off to cement his alliance with a family he absolutely despises, or have his family's livelihood slip away when the bounties become too strong to capture and cash in. Luckily, Vivi gives him a third way out: with his Hot-Hot Fruit being one of Alabasta's treasures, Accino can become one of Alabasta's Royal Guardians and assure his family's future by protecting a country that has seceded from the Government.
  • Taking the Bullet: Both Boss and Robin take Moria's shadow attacks that were aimed at Chopper and Cross. They both at least make it out of it.
  • Taking You with Me: During Crocodile's arrest, when he is questioned regarding Vivi's connection to the Straw Hats, he tells them exactly what they want to hear to have a bounty placed on her head and drag her down with him.
  • Talking Animal: Thanks to Soundbite's voice-granting powers and the ability to communicate with other animals (being a snail and all), he can make any mostly-land-based animal (sea creatures have a different dialect) the crew comes across this... usually with very humorous results.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: Cross says this both for the elephant tuna that Sanji got in Loguetown and the Sandora Dragon that they grill up in Alabasta. He lampshades how very nonsensical it is in the latter instance.
  • Taught by Experience: How does Chopper know how to throw scalpels so well? No, Kureha didn't teach him; he just examined all his memories of her throwing things at him, and replicating her technique.
  • Tears of Joy:
    • Cross sheds a few after the Straw Hats learn everything he's been hiding from them but they still accept him anyway.
    • Shanks is sobbing after a full night of listening to the SBS, hearing the Straw Hats face down Lily Carnation, and finally hearing Luffy triumph.
    • The SBS's talk about tolerance and the stupidity of hatred for hatred's sake elicits these tears from both Koala and Jinbe, especially when the latter hears some fishchildren say how stupid racism is.
    • Abound from everyone when Merry lives.
    • Brook, Laboon and Crocus all break down when they hear that the former is alive and the latter two are waiting for him.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Cross attempts to invoke this trope when he meets Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine again by exposing Mr. 0's identity to them, putting them on Baroque Works' hit list too. Unfortunately, the Unluckies aren’t around to witness it, so all that it accomplishes is reaffirming their desires to kill him.
  • Tempting Fate: All the time.
    • One notable instance in Chapter 9: when Vivi is trying to rouse the crew before dawn, Cross begs to be allowed to sleep if it's anything less than falling off the edge of the earth. Not long after that, the Grand Line draws their ship towards an Inevitable Waterfall.
    • Tsuru in Chapter 24, much to Sengoku's ire.
    • Cross of all people makes the cardinal sin to Murphy right before the Straw Hats accept an invitation to a certain festive island, when he says, "What's the worst that could happen?"
    • Spandam, in Chapter 39. Multiple times.
    • Right at the end of Chapter 41, Cross does so and considers afterwards that he should have punched himself with his Impact Dial for doing so.
    • One not played for laughs: Cross exults after checking Ace's Vivre Card and finding it still intact, and celebrates over successfully stopping the Paramount War. The next time we see Ace, he, Squardo and Whitey have been captured by the Marines courtesy of Aokiji giving Blackbeard an unexpected opening.
    • Robin has done so a couple of times. By the second time she remarks that she should've known better.
    • In a canon Omake, Doflamingo states that after the show the Straw Hats put on at Enies Lobby, even after facing Big Mom and Kaido, and knowing that his underlings threw a party in his castle, he can't be bothered to do anything about it. That quickly changes when he sees that one of said party's guests is Red-Haired Shanks.
    • Lil Accino declares there's no way the captured Straw Hat pirates would be able to escape their icy prison, let alone find their coffers and loot them. Nami proves her wrong on both counts.
    • More than a few times in Chapter 46, from thinking that the wedding would actually go off alright at the start, to commenting that the chapel was still in one piece at the end of it.
    • In Chapter 47, it's even discussed by Cross giving a lecture on the SBS of everything not to say to tempt Murphy.
    • According to Gin, Krieg declared "Nothing can stop us now!" as they reached the peak of Reverse Mountain. Shortly afterwards, they ran into Mihawk.
    • After recovering from his injuries, Lucci finds himself challenged by Captain T-Bone, for him and CP9 to join the New World Masons if he loses. Lucci accepts, thinking it'll be a short fight. No dice.
    • It doesn't take long for Cross to forget his own lecture though, as he proudly states that after Thriller Bark, his actions had already defused the biggest bomb to come and it'll be relatively smooth sailing from there on out.
      Nami: You, who gave a seminar just yesterday about taunting fate, and who just waved the mother of all red capes in fate's face.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Cross learns Vice Admiral Jonathan conned Akainu, he cheerfully states he knows some people who'd love to hear that (MI4), only to realize his mistake when Jonathan suddenly becomes far more serious.
  • That's What She Said: Defied. When Boss tells Cross that the dugongs will go in hard at a moment's notice, Raphey warns Mikey that she'll twist his head a full 360 degrees if he says this line.
  • The Dead Can Dance: And with the only appropriate song playing courtesy of Soundbite, Cross can't help but join in. At least until Robin cuts in.
  • The Ditz: With Vivi now having a permanent place on the crew due to her undeserved bounty, her tendency to act before remembering, considering or displaying all available information is shown in a lot more detail. An example is how she mistranslated the sign language of an ancient civilization of octopi and got everyone mad at the crew, because she failed to read through the whole translation book properly and thus didn't notice the particular dialect for people with joints.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Since all the Marines are tied up dealing with the aftermath of Enies Lobby, there is no one left to save Saint Jamolomew from his victims, bystanders and his own entourage when they've all had enough of his blustering crap.
    One of Jamolomew's entourage: What this is... is Justice.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Upon seeing four of the weaker members of the Straw Hat crew in Enies Lobby, every Marine present freaks out.
    • The Florian Triangle. Even the Four Emperors know better than to actively antagonize it. Which is what keeps Big Mom from storming it to get back her daughter Lola who had set up shop in there.
  • The Faceless: Subverted; for the first twenty-one chapters and the Christmas Episode, the author gives no description what Cross looks like aside from his clothes, but he did have a picture before the story stated that he was around 6' (Chapter 26) with dirty blond hair (Chapter 22).
  • The Gadfly: Soundbite. Also, B.R.O.B., the Bastard Random Omnipotent Being responsible for sending Cross into One Piece. Also Cross himself, to a SOMEWHAT lesser degree than Soundbite.
  • The Modest Orgasm: Nami of all people, when Cross tells her, during The Reveal, just how rich they'll get in the future. Her Money Fetish just gets more and more excited until she just can't take it anymore.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: Lucci actually rather likes that Soundbite can make Hattori talk on his own.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": Chapter 15, after Mr. 2 obtains Cross's face:
    Cross: PASSWORD! NOW!
    Zoro: Okay, how about 'Swordfish'?
  • The Penance: Cross feels like such a heel for lying to Vivi about the Rebel Army's location that while the crew is in Yuba, he joins Toto in digging up water and doesn't stop until he falls asleep on his feet. And when he wakes up, he would've kept on digging if Toto hadn't called him out.
  • The Promise:
    • Cross makes the promise to keep Merry sailing with them when he first meets her Klabautermann. It's a rollercoaster of emotions and trials and many seemingly hopeless moments, but in the end, he does.
    • When Cross and Laki deny Aisa the chance to stowaway with the Straw Hats, she makes this vow as the crew is sailing away.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Going off of an impulse, Cross gives one of these to Smoker about the Marines in general, and the corruption therein. It's effective enough that Smoker gives him a tactical baton and leaves despite Cross revealing himself to be a pirate. Of course, that changes when he finds out exactly which crew Cross belongs to.
    • Cross's explaining to Ace about his canon fate contains a few shades of this, on account that the reasons he did not run away from an unbeatable enemy badmouthing Whitebeard was his own stubborn pride, and even a lack of faith in his captain.
    • Cross gives Tashigi a brief one of these in Chapter 18 after she corners him.
      • He gives her a longer one in the next chapter when he finally gets fed up with her pirate prejudice.
    • This is the majority of Cross's first SBS broadcast, directed solely at the World Government.
    • Cross gives another one to Enel in Chapter 30 that does not go over well. It gets him electrocuted several times, but he just keeps on going.
      • And the trend continues with Aokiji.
    • Cross has a few harsh words for T-Bone when he temporarily lapses into his "all pirates are bad and have no rights" mentality, but some equally harsh words for Bartolomeo to remind him that there are some pirates out there who are just as evil as claimed. Bartolomeo being reminded of his raids on civilian islands really hammer the point home.
    • Luffy delivers one to Moria during his beatdown, that Moria has let his defeat at Kaido's hands consume his whole life until he's nothing but a ghost, and ghosts don't become Pirate King.
  • The Reveal: Of the fact that Cross is from another world.
    • The first one, incorporating Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Vivi, and Carue happens in Chapter 14.
      • Offscreen, the other Straw Hats inform Cobra, Igaram, and Lassoo, and they subsequently inform Chaka, Pell, Kohza, and the Supersonic Duck Squadron.
    • The second one, incorporating Boss, the TDWS, Conis, and Su happens in Chapter 38.
    • The third, incorporating Robin, Franky, Iceburg, Zambai and Paulie happens in Chapter 43.
    • The fourth, incorporating the newly rechristened New World Masons note  happens in Chapter 44.
      • And one to Dragon and Koala a while before.
  • The Unreveal: Cross's post-Enies bounty amount, other than really really big. Word of God is that they're waiting for Oda to release one of the Emperor's bounties in order to get a comparison.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Cross has this reaction from time to time, such as when entering the Grand Line.
  • There Is No Try: Defied in Chapter 8:
    Soundbite: I'll…try… (Death Glare) Quote Yoda AND DIE.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: However the hell Luffy can eat so much in the blink of an eye. An attempt to use Foxy's Slow-Slow powers on Luffy to see exactly how he did it forces B.R.O.B. to erase that piece of time from existence.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Blueno and Fukuro get this reaction: Blueno when Sanji manages to affect the real world while locked in his door dimension (something that can only be done with incredible strength); Fukuro when Boss reveals that within half an hour, he's learned the Six Powers enough to replicate the Six King Gun.
    • Soundbite says as such when Moria's Devil Fruit Awakens.
  • This Explains So Much: After being attacked by the Unluckies for a third time, Cross asks them what kind of hell did Crocodile dredge up to find them. Their response? Kuraigana Island. Cross comments that actually fits.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Very common.
    • Spoken word-for-word before Luffy rockets Cross, Zoro, Sanji, and himself onto the Merry in Loguetown.
    • Cross has a thought process like this as they draw nearer to Little Garden.
    • Cross has a similar thought process as he leaves the safety of his room to stall Wapol from being able to eat the royal armory or the giant cannon until Luffy arrives.
    • In order to get out of Kureha's extortionate medical bills, Cross makes a deal with her that if he can get the armory open, without using the key that Luffy destroyed in his fight with Wapol, without leaving his bed, within five minutes, she'll cancel all of the payments, let them go, and give them free access to the castle's food storage, and if he can't, he'll be her indentured servant for life. Kureha accepts the deal, and she visibly loses all hope as soon as Cross says two words:
      Cross: Hey Luffy!
    He then proceeds to tell Luffy that he can get a lot of food if he can break open those doors. One minute later, the armory doors have been obliterated. Two minutes later, Kureha reluctantly gives them directions to the pantry.
    • In Chapter 16, this happens to Cross…
      • When Smoker and Ace meet up with Luffy.
      • When Luffy begins fleeing from Smoker, and his rubber arm grabs Cross's shoulder.
      • When Luffy recommences fleeing from Smoker, grabbing Cross's ankle.
      • When Cross is about to tell Ace and Luffy that Sabo is alive, knowing that Ace won't believe him.
      • When Luffy decides to use Cross as a human flail to take out the Baroque Works Billions.
    • In Chapter 17, this is Cross's mental state as the crew approaches Yuba, knowing who Vivi is looking for there, knowing she'll not find them there, and knowing that he had lied to her face about it.
      Cross: Pray for me.
    • In Chapter 18, right before, yet again, Luffy grabs ahold of him and begins dragging him as he runs.
    • In Chapter 25, the vast majority of the crew has this reaction once they find out that Luffy has to win a surfing contest against an octopus to save their lives.
    • In Chapter 27, this happens...
      • When Leo realizes that Zoro, who hasn't had a proper swordsmen spar in ages, is about to spar with him.
      • When Vivi and Carue begin to regret their decision of sparring with the Kung-Fu Dugongs.
      • When Donny, who is sparring with Nami, realizes what could happen if Sanji catches him.
      Leo/Donny/Carue: I'm/We're gonna diiiie...
    • In Chapter 35, this is quoted...
    • In Chapter 39, Jabra deliberately stomps on Luffy's Berserk Button and has just long enough to think "I just fucked up." before Luffy gives him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
    • In Chapter 40, Tsuru thinks this when she decides to throw in her lot with the clandestine Marine coalition she was looking into to clean up the Marines' act, only to find out what kind of insanity she's stepping into.
    Tsuru: ...bother.
    • In Chapter 41, Carue states this verbatim when he realizes that Funkfreed isn't a Mighty Glacier but a Lightning Bruiser.
    • In Chapter 48, the Marine taskforce created to deal with the Straw Hats adjourns their meeting as soon as the SBS starts with Rear Admiral Brannew outright saying they were giving the eulogy of another island.
    • Quoted by Cross and Conis when Chopper details his plan for neutralizing Oars.
  • This Means War!: Listening to the horror happening on the secret island, has virtually every superpower in the world, from Whitebeard, to Ace, to Dragon, gunning to sink the island into the sea, with the Marines planning on sending every Buster Call they have to make sure. And even that pales in the face of Garp's rage.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Cross has a notable aversion to actually killing anyone. He panics initially taking down a Baroque Works Mook in Whiskey Peak, and a Marine Mook in Alabasta, until he confirms that they're alive. It's solidified, however, when he has Mr. 13 at his mercy, the assassin having just tried to kill him. Even considering the fact that he's just an otter ultimately isn't enough, and he settles for simply knocking him out...albeit brutally. Chapter 37 reveals that he's well aware of the fact that he'll need to kill one day, but he refuses to let the Unluckies be the ones that drive him to it.
  • Timed Mission: Enies Lobby, even more so than canon. Not only has Lucci used Shave to get Robin much closer to the Gates of Justice, but Sengoku is on his way there as well.
  • Tired of Running:
    • After having his country yanked around through the machinations of a Warlord and the negligence of the World Government, Vivi's persecution and bounty is the last straw for Cobra, and through a Rousing Speech, declares Alabasta's secession from the World Government.
    • Watching her mistress be oppressed by a cruel God for several long years, as well as watching her be forced to send innocent people off to be smited, once she gets the chance to talk without any chance of Enel hearing her, Conis's pet fox Su lets out everything she wants to say, declares Enel a tyrant, and begs the Straw Hats to defeat him.
  • To the Pain: Before carving into Cross, mad scientist Chopper explains exactly what he's going to do.
  • Together in Death: Luffy has Brief and Papa Tearoom bury Baron Omatsuri with his crew, stating that he was alone in life but shouldn't have to be alone in death.
  • Toilet Humor: Even discounting Cross's biscuit problem, there was the incident of him getting Primal Cholera that was the reason for going to Drum in this timeline, and an incident involving his face, the camel Eyelashes, and Luffy mistaking it for chocolate.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Cross's thoughts on why one of the Baroque Works moles in the Royal Army tattooed the company's emblem on his shoulder. The defeated soldier says it was a combination of a lot of alcohol, a lot of boredom, and the fact that nobody is supposed to know about Baroque Works in the first place.
    • Spandam. The man kept a black book for CP9's operations just to stroke his own ego. The fact that he hid it in a safe doesn't detract from this — the book shouldn't even exist, seeing as CP9 is a covert black ops unit whose own existence isn't even officially recognized as far the World Government is concerned. All reports should have been summarily destroyed once confirmed. Once Cross finds it, it becomes the whistleblowing equivalent of a Golden Transponder Snail.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In Chapter 19, when Tashigi asks Cross if there's any way to break Mr. 3's wax, he informs her that the only swordsmen capable of cutting anything are those capable of cutting nothing. A short while later, after Mr. 3 impales her, she manages to figure out what that means, cutting through Mr. 3 and his wax to defeat him.
    • Vivi and Carue, after joining the Straw Hats full-time, have new weapons made for them by Usopp, a pair of crescent chain-scythes named Lion Cutters for Vivi, armor, wing and talon-blades for Carue.
    • Luffy unlocks a prototype Gear Second (Gear 1.5) as far back as Skypiea.
      • And a prototype Gear Third (Gear 2.5) as far back as Navarone.
      • And Armament Haki at the climax of Enies Lobby.
    • Leo learns how to cut steel when Donny suggests that Mikey be the new leader of the TDWS.
    • Nami gets her hands on Ohm's Eisen Whip full of Iron Clouds.
    • All over during the Enies Lobby Arc:
      • Boss learns and develops his Full-Shell Style, his version of the Six Powers. Even the Six King Gun.
      • Usopp and Carue both learn how to Shave.
      • Soundbite Awakens the Noise-Noise Fruit.
      • Vivi awakens a Compelling Voice that is shortly thereafter confirmed to be a variation of Conqueror's Haki.
    • Villainous example: after waking up and finding his zombie army annihilated, Moria's Devil Fruit does some Awakening of its own.
    • Near the end of the Grand Line, Cross has grown into this, when he takes down the entirety of the Amigo Pirates on his own with minimal assistance from his Devil Fruit partners.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Due to the conveniently timed SBS broadcast, Boa Hancock spares Marguerite after the latter reasons that she has Devil Fruit powers and that it was due to a Dark and Troubled Past. Thinking about the whole thing more, she realizes just how many of the World Nobles' habits she and her sisters had adopted, and decides she should listen to Elder Nyon and seek therapy.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • While they aren't actually his, Robin wore cowboy hats to remember Jaguar D. Saul and used them as a source of strength.
    • Nami reveals she kept the old shirt she got as a hand-me-down from Nojiko as it was the last gift Bellemare gave her.
  • Training from Hell: As soon as Cross has it hammered home exactly how dangerous being an ordinary human in a World of Badass is, he begins training under Zoro, who proves to be a Drill Sergeant Nasty. Not long after that, he ropes Usopp (and Carue) into joining him, and persuades Sanji to train Nami and Vivi.
  • Training Montage: This is shown while Luffy, Usopp and Chopper are looking for the South Bird and Masira is busy upgrading the Merry: Zoro and Leo spar to both see how Leo can improve and give Zoro a good fight, Sanji and Boss spar to break in Boss's new weapon, Vivi and Carue spar with Raphey and Mikey to help get the former used to their new weapons, Donny helps Nami with her staff-fighting, Robin "weight-lifts" using her extra arms, Shoujou helps Soundbite hone his Gastro-Blast technique, and Cross goes running with Lassoo in his bazooka form to get used to the weight.
    • In Chapter 35, after gaining knowledge on future techniques and other info that they can use to get stronger from Cross, they enter another one: Zoro perfects the Nine Sword Style: Asura technique and works on Iron Body; Sanji works on Diable Jambe, Tempest Kick, Moonwalk, and Shave; Conis figures out just how much of a Walking Arsenal she can become while Su makes sure she doesn't overload herself; Lassoo joins them; Usopp and Nami work out how to integrate the Eisen Whip into the now Perfect Clima-Tact; Cross tests his new armor and general fighting style with Mikey and Donny's help, the remaining dugongs train in their own way, and Vivi and Carue are...running laps while presumably working with the necklace they gained in Alabasta. Luffy, notably, is absent for the first half of this regime because he's rendered unconscious by Chopper, who worked to lessen, if not outright prevent, the lasting effects that Gear Second or its prototype will have on Luffy.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • In Chapter 2, Cross displays this to Luffy shortly after joining his crew, his face expressionless as he issues a very cold speech threatening to maim him if he steals his meat. To everyone's awe, it works.
    • In Chapter 17, let's just say Vivi's not happy when she finds out that Cross lied to her about where the Rebel Army was in Alabasta.
    • In Chapter 30, Captain T-Bone displays this when talking about the person who sold out his men to Akainu. It's Vergo.
    • In Chapter 32, Jessica finding out that her husband has been throwing out the food she's made leaves her speaking in a tone described as the eye of a hurricane.
    • Three, very notable examples in Chapter 39, all from the SBS broadcasting the Ohara incident, and Spandam taunting Robin afterwards:
    • In Chapter 44, Sengoku makes very clear to Akainu that the only reason he's not in the middle of an Unstoppable Rage is because he's too old to do so without heart problems. Nonetheless, he is furious and all but begging Akainu to give him a reason to lock the admiral away.
  • Trust Password: After the initial encounter with Mr. 2, Cross forms one of these with the rest of the crew, and makes it twofold for extra security. It's utilized in Chapter 21:
    Nami: Who is the second greatest traveler in the world?
    Cross: That would be Pandaman, ranking right below Gol D. Roger!
    Nami: Wrong answer! Pandaman doesn't exist.
    Cross: That's a lie! Pandaman is real, just like the great Goda!
  • TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary: The Straw Hats are starting to use the language from TV Tropes, thanks to Cross.
  • Twisted Echo Cut: Immediately after Trafalgar Law states that Luffy's fight with Lily Carnation isn't over, the story cuts to Basil Hawkins wondering how could it possibly not be over despite being many miles away. Law was using Awesome by Analysis while Hawkins was using Tarot Troubles to reach the same conclusion.

    Tropes U - Z 
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Even in One Piece, this is Serious Business. Cross's lie that he and Mr. 13 were fighting over who is the strongest of the Four Emperors (and Mr. 13 said Kaido) leads to a street brawl among the onlookers that ends up setting half of Mock Town on fire.
  • Unfolding Plan Montage: Used twice for Cross's big plans, once when escaping from Navarone, and once when invading Thriller Bark.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Soundbite has no respect for the News Coos and the difficulty and bravery in their jobs. It's later revealed that it's because Coos, and birds in general, eat snails.
  • Unwanted Assistance: The trope's older, pre-split title is quoted by Nami when Robin bribes her with Crocodile's jewels to get her on her side, much to Vivi's ire.
    Nami: N-n-no, it isn't! I'm, ah, I'm... (Grabs the bag of jewels) See, I'm stealing from her, I stole this! I-It was all just a ruse to get close to her! Cat Thief Nami strikes again! Hahaha...
  • Up to Eleven: Cross's "explanation" behind Awakened Devil Fruits can be summed up this way.
    Cross: Um... Devil Fruits are bullshit, Awakened Devil Fruits make mere bullshit their bitch?
    Boss: (nods) Your logic is sound.
    • Cross says as much when Garp proves himself dumber than Luffy.
    • An anonymous caller asks if it was Tempting Fate to say his parents would never figure out that he switched his father's hair gel and mother's hair dye. Cross's reaction sums it up perfectly.
    Cross: There's a difference between Tempting Fate and running up to fate, punching him in the nose, and yelling 'Come have a go if you think you're hard enough!' You get three guesses which category that falls into, and the first two don't count.
  • Ventriloquism: The basis of the Noise-Noise Fruit; it enables the user to emit any sound that they've ever heard, forward or reversed, at any volume, anywhere within range of the user's senses. Soundbite had a naturally extended range of a quarter mile already due to being a Transponder Snail, but once he's fitted with a standard rig for a Transponder Snail, that already impressive range at least quadruples.
  • Verbal Backspace: When talking about how incredibly large and well armored Oars is, Cross is about to say even Mihawk would have trouble before admitting that Mihawk would cut him in half without even looking up from his newspaper.
  • Vibroweapon: A combo made by placing Soundbite on Funkfreed's sword form. It helps Cross battle against the Draugrs.
  • Villain Has a Point: Cross may disagree on the World Government's policies on many levels, but the one thing he's in full agreement with is the presence of Impel Down's Level 6; that there are some people in this world bad enough to lock up for the rest of eternity.
  • Villain Respect: Luffy manages to get this a lot:
    • Lucci and Jabra admire Luffy's Determinator status and fighting ability.
    • Crocodile respects Luffy's ability, mostly since it proves he didn't lose to some pathetic rookie but rather the next rising star.
    • Sengoku respects Luffy enough to offer him a Warlord position after Luffy defeats Lily Carnation and has Baron Omatsuri buried with his crew.
      • This goes the other way in that Cross actually respects Sengoku. Though he loses a good amount of it in Enies Lobby.
    • To say nothing of virtually all of the other Supernovas, including characters like Kidd and Bege.
    • The Straw Hats cause so much chaos that Doflamingo openly declares that he can't wait to see the sheer madness the Era of the Straw Hats will bring.
    • Cross's To the Pain speech to Spandam impresses Sadi-chan enough to have her copy down his ideas and state that if he weren't a pirate, he'd make executive at Impel Down within six months.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Bellamy has one when he hears Luffy's proclamation (amped by Soundbite), that the City of Gold did exist in the sky all along.
    • The entirety of the Enies Lobby incident is this for Sengoku, who is increasingly stressed out and enraged by the ongoing actions of the Straw Hats and the other Super Rookies (even suffering a heart attack over it). By the time Spandam spills the beans on his plans to overthrow the Five Elder Stars, live on the SBS, he has a Slasher Smile on his face when he informs Spandam of his eventual fate once he returns to HQ.
    • Moria has a big one, on account of the Straw Hat Crew sedating him and completely annihilating his zombie army before he woke up. So big, in fact, that his Shadow-Shadow Fruit AWAKENS.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Cross and Soundbite. While not as bad as Zoro and Sanji, they're both snarky, and Soundbite's pranking tendencies often get on the human's nerves, as do Cross's insults. Point of reference for how much they really care: Cross was ready to tear Miss All Sunday apart when she stole him (who, as a point of reference, is not only a future crewmate but also a powerful assassin who he had pretty much no chance of surviving a fight with in a haze of rage), and Soundbite's concern for Cross when he fell ill was as clear as day.
  • Voice Changeling: Soundbite can mimic any sound he's ever heard, backwards, forwards, or any other way you can think of. This is, however, the only way that he can speak, which results in him using an amalgamation of different voices for his sentences. Chapter 17 reveals that he's fully capable of picking one voice and sticking with it, and he explains his reasoning for doing otherwise: when he gives animals the ability to speak with his powers, he determines their voices based on what/who they are. The voices he gives them suit them, but his own voice is all of the voices.
  • Waxing Lyrical: When the Straw Hat crew enters the Florian Triangle, Cross starts singing Bink's Brew to stave off the unnaturalness of the dark fog. Pretty soon his whole crew is singing along, and when Brook finds them and joins in, Cross makes it a worldwide sing-along affair through the SBS. And it is beautiful.
  • We Can Rule Together: A non-villainous example: Dragon offers Cross a partnership in the Revolutionary Army after Enies Lobby. He's turned down though.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Cross and Soundbite. Cross has a good tactical mind and knowledge from another dimension, but even with Zoro's Training From Hell to increase his stamina, Kureha's miracle vitamins to increase his durability, and Usopp's custom-made armor to increase his strength, his physical capabilities remain at the point where the only enemies he can reliably fight on his own are Mooks. Soundbite's Noise-Noise Fruit powers make him masterful in bluffing out and disabling his opponents, as well as mustering reinforcements in seconds, and he's developed a few genuine attacks. But without his powers, he's only a snail. With their wits combined, however, and Lassoo as the main source of firepower, they're easily formidable enough to have a place with the Straw Hat Pirates.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Completely justified with Soundbite's weakness to salt; he is, after all, a snail. Also to a lesser degree, flour, as it completely clogs up his throat and renders him temporarily mute.
  • Wham Episode: Three in a row.
    • Chapter 22. Small wham: Lassoo joins the crew. Bigger wham: B.R.O.B. pays back Cross's Rage Against the Heavens with a Snail Transceiver, a device enabling him to connect to every other snail in the world at once. He uses it to start up a radio program. Then ending with a massive wham: Vivi joins the Straw Hats permanently...because the World Government has falsely accused her of treason.
    • Chapter 23. Notable occurrences in chronological order: in retribution for Vivi, Cobra declares Alabasta's secession from the World Government; the newly formed Dugong Pirates help the Straw Hats escape the Black Cage Corps, and then five Dugongs join the Straw Hats; and last but not least, the second infuriating cliffhanger in as many chapters as the final scene shows Cross bound and gagged and Chopper playing Mad Doctor and about to dissect him.
    • Chapter 24. Chopper officially becomes an Adaptational Badass thanks to developing a formula that essentially turns him into Mr. Hyde, and Smoker, Tashigi, and Hina enlist Cross's help as an informant for their new goal: forming a coup to take down the World Government and restore the integrity to the Navy.
    • Chapter 31, Skypiea Arc wrap-up. Soundbite's Devil Fruit is revealed to enable him to hear the Voice of All Things, Conis and Su, inspired by Cross's defiance to Enel and his description of the world, decide to join the Straw Hats as their gunner, just like her mother did with the Roger Pirates, and a lot of the crew is outfitted with Dial Weaponry, including Nami getting Ohm's Eisen Whip.
    • Baron Omatsuri And The Secret Island. Witnessing Luffy get impaled by the Baron's Rain of Arrows elicts enough anguish in Sabo to restore his memory, Luffy's relation to Garp is revealed to the world, and he gains the respect of Sengoku after he kills the monsters that are Lily Carnation and Baron Omatsuri, yet allows the latter to be buried with his crew.
    • Chapter 42 has a wham worthy of Garp's Fist: Thanks to another model of the Human-Human Fruit, Merry lives.
    • More whams from Chapter 43, the post-Enies Lobby wrap-up: Cross replaces his baton with Funkfreed and, in spite of all of Cross's efforts, Ace, Whitey and Squardo still lose to Blackbeard and are captured by the Marines... thanks to Aokiji's unprecedented interference. And due to Ace not being "injured", Cross has no clue and thinks his efforts have worked.
    • Chapter 50's ending: Moria Awakens his Devil Fruit and uses a technique called "Niflheim".
    • Chapter 52 is one wham after another: Nami absorbs Cross' pain, Lola joins the Masons and turns Thriller Bark into a pirate's haven, the Florian Triangle is revealed to be alive and becomes harmonious, Su has Coo use his resources to track down a legend called the Children of Inari, and Perona ends up traveling with the Straw Hats!
  • Wham Line:
    • This line at the end of Chapter 22:
      Vivi: Because the World Government has unjustly and erroneously accused me of treason.
    • And this line in Chapter 23. Like daughter, like father:
      Cobra: Today, I declare Alabasta's formal secession from the ranks of the nations of the World Government!
    • This line in Chapter 31:
      Cross: Soundbite… YOU CAN—! *lowers his voice* You can hear the Voice of All motherfucking Things?!
    • The voice in Chapter 39 that encourages Robin to live:
      Saul: The sea's a vast place. So I guarantee... someday you'll find friends who won't ever leave you. No matter who you are, ain't nobody born into this world to be alone! Your friends are right there waiting for you, Robin. All you gotta do is get back to them! Share your life with them... and never let them go!
    • A mysterious voice encourages Luffy in Chapter 42:
      A D-shaped smile flashed through Luffy's head.
      Roger: You wear my old hat damn well.
    • Chapter 50:
      Soundbite: (about Moria)) HE FIGURED IT OUT...
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: A Devil Fruit that allows you to turn into a human child would be pretty much useless for anyone. Unless they happen to be an inanimate object, like a ship.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Everyone is all but shouting at the SBS during the events of Baron Omatsuri And The Secret Island, as they listen to the Straw Hats slowly turn on each other. Through no fault of their own though.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Cross relies first and foremost on his wits and his partners' wits and powers, having neither weapon skills nor the time and discipline to develop them (at least until he gets Funkfreed). To that end, he had Usopp build arm and leg armor for him, and while the upgrades to it after the Skypiea arc don't quite put him in the One-Man Army category, they definitely make him formidable enough that he's no pushover without his partners.
  • Who's on First?: Cross and Soundbite weaponize the dialogue to get the drop on a Government Agent who got the drop on them.
    • Followed by Soundbite broadcasting the original sketch to the entire world. Busted guts abound.
  • Worth It:
    • Cross's opinion of the scary story prank he pulled on the rest of the crew and their guests, even if it got him mobbed and beaten up afterward. Just like he wanted.
    • Cross and Soundbite say this as they hang out of Rocketman's window, in response to Nami's criticism that they'll die.
  • Worthy Opponent: Lucci, of all people, decides that the moment he can, he's cashing in all his vacation time so he can find Luffy and have the fight of his life. Jabra agrees with this assessment. Several chapters later, when his fight with Luffy concludes, Lucci smiles and states "It was a hell of a fight" before losing consciousness.
    • Though later, the leopard-man finds another worthy of the title: Captain T-Bone, when he manages to outlast the Zoan in a bloody battle lasting two full days and nights.
    • Zoro admits after defeating Kaku that he was the best fight he'd had in a long time.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Cross has no qualms about giving Vivi a conk on the head if she gets too generous with the Groin Attacks.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • One of Hody's thugs tries to make a couple kids eat a Transponder Snail for listening to the SBS, or else he'll kill them. Fortunately, Jinbe steps in and says anyone who tries similar will answer to him.
    • Absalom has no qualms in hitting Merry in her child form.
  • Wrecked Weapon:
    • Cross's tactical baton gets cut up on the Bridge of Hesitation.
    • Shu still manages to rust Yubashiri, and although it can be repaired, Zoro leaves it behind on Water 7.
    • Leo's katanas break when he manages to pull of a Razor Wind attack on Long John Silverteeth. After his defeat, John offers his swords in replacement.
  • Written Roar: The way Xomniac writes Soundbite's Cluster F-Bomb is taken directly from Berserker of Fate/stay night.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • You'd think that Cross would know about one of the darkest films in One Piece, ever...
      • Future conversations show that Cross's foreknowledge doesn't include the One Piece movies, which could prove problematic down the line.
    • Captain Sharinguru thinks himself a comicbook hero and that the Straw Hats are the villains. Conis reminds him that everyone is the hero of their own story right before blasting him.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • Cross does his level best to hammer this into Robin's head in an attempt to avoid the events of Enies Lobby.
      • He later uses it to snap her out of a Heroic B.S.O.D. when the Buster Call begins leveling the island around them.
    • Cross says as much to Marigold when they meet via the SBS, that Amazon Lily can count on his support.
  • You Are Fat: Several times in Chapter 54: Be it Cross commenting on Lassoo's increased weight that the dog-gun takes offense to, or Cross taunting his opponent Corto with fat-insults.
  • You Can Talk?: Everyone's reaction to Soundbite first translating Animal Talk in real time. Including Carue.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Cross's reaction when he first meets Soundbite, realizing that a Transponder Snail ate a Devil Fruit. Shortly afterwards, he has this reaction again when he draws the conclusion that eating his iPhone gave said snail access to the Internet.
    • Nami and sometimes Usopp's reactions to Cross's adrenaline junkie tendencies.
    • Everyone’s reaction to the Inevitable Waterfall.
    • Nami and Vivi's reactions to finding out what the importance of their dancer outfits is: making it so that Scissors can get across the Sandora by dancing for him.
    • Jabra's reaction right before Luffy delivers the coup de grâce.
  • You Just Had to Say It: In Chapter 39, after Spandam tempts fate one time too many, with an apoplectic Sengoku on the Transponder Snail that Kaku is holding.
    Kaku: A-Ah, Fleet Admiral? Before you proceed to rip my superior a new one… executive permission to speak freely?
    Sengoku: Make it fast.
    Kaku: Thank you, sir. (gives Spandam a flat look) You had to say it, you absolute fucking idiot.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Soundbite parodies this trope in his response to Su's punishment for him teasing the human Merry.
    Soundbite: "PUT ME DOWN! You wouldn't like me when I'm revengening!"
  • Zorro Mark: Rather appropriately, Zoro's Three-Sword Style Burst: Five-Sense Ravager technique does this by etching the Straw Hat's Jolly Roger into a target.