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One Piece: Tropes A-B
Tropes A-B | Tropes C-D | Tropes E-F | Tropes G-J | Tropes K-M | Tropes N-P | Tropes Q-S | Tropes T-Z

Tropes for One Piece

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Zombie Lola towards Absalom. Subverted when she turns out to be a sympathetic character.
    • The real Lola toward any male who crosses her field of vision, though she's not Ax-Crazy about it like Zombie Lola was toward Nami initially.
    • The ugly, friendless psychopath Vander Decken IX to Princess Shirahoshi. He's not her type.
  • The Abridged Series: So many it's practically a meme. The most popular one so far is None Piece.
    • For a long time there were so many absolutely horrible ones that LittleKuriboh made a video parodying the worst trends in abridged series using One Piece, the punchline of which was that it was still the best one so far.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Hancock. Robin has this after the time-skip.
    • Tashigi, but not by choice. In the Punk Hazard Arc, she and Smoker get their bodies switched and since Smoker likes to keep his shirt unbuttoned...
  • Accidental Marriage: Hancock has twice mistaken otherwise innocuous actions on Luffy's part as a sign that they are married. Nyon sets the record straight.
    • Luffy himself seems to finally get it post-timeskip, enough to tell her he isn't marrying her (not that it has any effect).
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Monkey D. Luffy lives on this trope. Quite possibly the best example of this is when he dived right into the Big Bad God Eneru's ultimate attack: Raigou, which Eneru was going to use to annihilate the whole of Skypeia. Because Eneru forged a massive golden orb onto his arm, and Luffy was throwing his punches around him, the golden orb discharged the electrical currents and destabilized the ultimate attack, saving all of Skypeia. Word of God claims Luffy had no idea exactly what he was doing.
    • A talking starfish that the Straw Hats meet named Pappug learned to speak human tongue because when he was a kid he believed himself to be a human. Why? "Hitode" is Japanese for starfish, and "hito desu" is Japanese for "I'm a human." A pun convinced him that he was human, and by the time he realized he was not, he had already learned to speak. Even Luffy questions how exactly that works.
    • Zoro, who can and most likely will get lost under any circumstances, including running down a straight hallway with no exits. He also once got lost on the beginning of a narrow cliff. A trait shared with Ryouga from Ranma ˝, who can get lost trying to go from one room in a house to another room. By going outside, and not noticing this is a problem.
    • After the Skypeia arc, one of the side-stories shown on the title page is Gedatsu falling to the surface, where he ends up helping someone dig a hot spring, all while being his usual ditzy self and forgetting such basic human functions as breathing, blinking, eating food with your mouth instead of your ear, and not defying gravity and standing on the wall.
  • Achilles in His Tent: This was Usopp's whole deal during the CP9 saga.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: We find out in Fishman Island that ever since Luffy recovered from Magellan's various toxins, he is now immune to ALL THE POISONS IN THE WORLD. This is proven useful when Luffy is fighting Caesar Clown, Luffy is practically invincible.
  • Action Bomb: Averted, as the same power that gives Mr. 5 his explosive abilities keeps them from harming him.
  • Action Girl: Hancock, Robin, Nami, Tashigi... and Iva and Inazuma when they're in a "feminine mood".
  • Action Survivor: Usopp's been this for almost the entire series.
  • Actor Allusion: When Sabo is introduced in the anime, the character is voiced by Junko Takeuchi, famous for her role as Naruto. What do they do in their third episode together? Eat ramen, obviously.
    • A later episode shows him using a fishing rod in battle, referencing Takeuchi's role as Gon.
      Franky: Pirates Docking Six! Super Combination! YATTE YARUZE!
  • Actual Pacifist: The royal Riku family has not brought a single war upon its country for eight hundred years. Even a threat of invasion did not get them to take up arms - they had to be taken over in order to force them to do so. The former king strikes with the flat of his blade when forced to fight, and his granddaughter has a reputation as undefeated despite never hitting her opponent at all.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Movie 9 is an alternate version of Drum Island, seemingly placed after the CP9 arc, and it manages to perfectly retain everything that made the original arc good, while also making some changes to keep things interesting for old fans.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Yasopp's hair goes from being black in the manga to a dirty blonde in the anime.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Instead of relying on filler arcs to provide padding, the anime eventually took to following a 1:1 chapter/episode pacing, expanding on and lengthening the already-present material. It also fully covered the fates of the other eight Straw Hats following their defeat by Kuma presented while Luffy was traveling to Impel Down.
    • Oda has admitted that despite the manga being so long and stuffed with ideas and happenings, if he had his way there would be even MORE. His editors tend to make him throw out a lot of ideas which aren't essential to keeping the story moving. These concepts often make it into the anime.
    • They also show Rob Lucci's backstory in frightening detail.
    • The anime also adapts the cover illustrations for chapters 35-37, 39, 42-43, 46-48, and 50-51, which chronicle Buggy after his defeat at the hand of Luffy, from the time he is nearly eaten by a giant bird, to when he meets Gaimon, and the first time he joins forces with Alvida into two/three full-length episodes.
    • Many of the major fights Post-Time Skip have been expanded, most likely for two reasons: 1. padding, and 2. so that the villains don't suffer under The Worf Effect so badly like they do in the manga.
  • Adaptation Induced Plot Hole: Plenty of these.
    • Zoro gets two in the Warship Island Arc. The first has him remark that he can cut through anything, conflicting with an important plot point where Zoro can't cut steel. The other has the crew meeting a dragon, making Zoro's claim of "not believing in dragons" during Thriller Bark seem silly.
      • Zoro's claim about dragons is made even funnier, when in One Piece: Unlimited Cruise, Zoro's animal themed costume is one of a dragon.
      • Made even worse now since the crew has run into an actual dragon.
      • And they ATE IT
      • This is surprising? These are the Straw Hats we're talking about here. Just about anything outlandish encountered will most likely be eaten later, the only exception being crew members.
    • During the Davy Back Fight filler, Chopper is seen eating two Rumble Balls in a short period of time without consequences. It was revealed in Enies Lobby that eating two Rumble Balls within six hours causes him to lose control of his transformations.
    • During Fishman Island, Hody Jones' entire reason for hating humans is nothing but racism, as humans never actually did anything to him. This loses meaning in the anime due to a filler scene where Arlong saves a young Hody from a bunch of humans.
  • Addiction Powered: Franky's case is a bit different: He's a cyborg who uses cola as an energy source, mostly because he loves cola. (He can use other carbonated drinks, juices or even tea, with...mixed results)
  • Adipose Rex: Wapol, who is able to eat absolutely anything and is appropriately obese as a result. He can subvert it at will if he needs to, though.
  • Adult Fear: Brook is a rare case where he was an adult in his flashback. Instead of the usual childhood traumas the other Straw Hats had, Brook's past dealt with a parent/authority figure losing friends and loved ones to tragedy and fighting and Brook ending up old and alone.
    • Shanks, while one of the most easygoing and laidback characters, freaks out when Luffy was kidnapped by a bandit.
    • Nami's mother Bellemere facing the decision to either save herself and deny her children's existence or save her children and be killed by Arlong. She chooses the latter.
    • Boa Hancock and her sisters were the youngest members of their crew and the second their older crewmates took their eyes off of them, they were kidnapped and sold as slaves. It took them years to get home.
  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis: It's implied that there is (or was) one of these prior to the formation of the World Government, complete with superweapons powerful enough to destroy entire islands, during a period known as the "Void Century". Any and all knowledge of it has been suppressed, and anyone attempting to regain that knowledge will be hunted down and annihilated, along with any surrounding territory. Nico Robin's dream is to learn what happened.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: Chief Warden Magellan becomes a rare non-videogame example in the latter part of the Impel Down Arc, once it becomes clear just how overpowered he is.
  • Adventure Series: Pretty self-explanatory, really.
  • Adventure Towns: Though usually these are destinations for story arcs, short or long, rather than Place of the Week.
  • Aerith and Bob: All over the place. Most of the groups tend to have members whose names have diverse linguistic origins. The nine enemy Supernovas actually stand out because the eight captains have a consistent naming theme.
  • Affably Evil: Admiral Kizaru casually makes small talk with pirates before kicking them through buildings.
    • Nico Robin was first portrayed this way, but actually undermined the Big Bad at every turn, then joined the Straw Hats at the end.
    • Big Bad Blackbeard is this to everyone, no matter the circumstance. Yeah, he tried to capture Luffy that one time, and he handed Ace over to be executed, but he doesn't mind if Luffy goes and saves him. Hell, he even praises Luffy for finding Skypeia and growing stronger. He genuinely seems to carry no grudges against people he slaughters/maims.
    • Foxy, despite being a Dirty Coward and amassing his crew by winning them from Davy Back Fights he more than likely cheated in, genuinely does care about his crew as much as they care about him.
  • Afro Asskicker: Sengoku and Brook. Luffy also wore a fake afro during his fight with Foxy. It actually helped him win.
  • Agent Peacock: Emporio Ivankov.
  • Air Jousting: Taken to its literal trope between Gan Fall and Shura.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The loss of his crew turned Omatsuri to the most movie evil character so far, yet you consider how much he missed his crew and tried to revive them even as hollow shells and how his voice started cracking at the end as he regretted the loss of his comrades, it's very sad.
  • The Alcatraz: Welcome to Impel Down, the most secure prison on the planet and home to its deadliest criminals. Modeled after the Buddhist hell, with multiple levels of torture and imprisonment, each more horrible than the last. Don't even think of escape, convicts, as this prison is built in the Calm Belt, entirely underwater, and surrounded by sea monsters. There's also a secret sixth level, made especially for criminals too dangerous to exist, but its existence remains unknown to the public. Until Blackbeard springs a good chunk of the population of Level Six and adds several of the worst criminals ever to his crew. So secure is Impel Down, one character went through the lengthy process of joining the Seven Warlords of the Sea just to get in, while the other had to practically crawl up a Warlord's ass.
  • The Alcoholic: We have Zoro, who loves drinking beer. We also have Nami, who can outdrink pretty much anyone.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: More specifically, they want your balls.
    • Made more apparent in Ch. 594, where you can see them doing this to Jinbe and Rayleigh!
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Chopper is a send-up of Rudolph, so...
    • Less literally, Robin received this treatment as well.
  • All There in the Manual: Oda often clarifies minor plot details in his letter column which appears in the collected editions of the manga. Sometimes these ideas inspire parts of the story later on.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Paulie of the Galley-La company apparently believes this very strongly, and accuses any woman wearing clothing that shows off her figure (of which there are many) of being perverted. He even tries to protect his boss Iceberg from seeing Nami in a bikini while at the pool. Making it even funnier, he not only appears to be the only person in the world with this attitude, but he's a Mr. Vice Guy who was introduced while running from creditors over his gambling debts.
  • The Aloner: Brook.
  • Aloof Older Brother: Flashbacks reveal that Ace was, shockingly, one in the past.
  • Alpha Strike: The Buster Call is a villainous version of this. When a situation is so threatening to the World Government that even the slightest leak would cause irreparable damage, the Buster Call is summoned. Ten massive warships headed by five Vice-Admirals essentially glass the target island, wiping out any trace of whatever threat they were called to deal with, and make no distinction between innocents and their targets. They can't be called off, either.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: One of the most infamous examples to date! When 4Kids dubbed One Piece they replaced the adventurous "We Are" opening with a rap about the plot, characters, and basically being a pirate. Many fans of the original were not pleased. Although some admit it's catchy.
    • The German version of One Piece also has a theme song different from the Japanese version. It can be found here.
  • Always a Bigger Sea King: Seen Here.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: 99% of the Pirates are really, really monsters. It's Luffy and crew whom are some of the very few exceptions, which makes Luffy's liberation of prisoners in Impel Down a very horrible thing to do. It's on the other side of the Great Line where things get better, mainly thanks to the 4 Emperors and their crews.
    • The World Nobles, the ruling power of the World Government. Not one of them is portrayed sympathetically. If anything, they're even worse than pirates.
  • Always Someone Better: Mihawk is this to every other swordsman in the world, as he's the greatest, but especially to Zoro, whose goal is to defeat Mihawk and become the greatest himself.
  • A Million is a Statistic: Robin explains that the reason the Marines can so easily use a Buster Call to wipe an island off the map is because "You can't see people on a map."
  • Amusing Injuries: Whenever Nami beats someone up.
    • Zoro fought a sword-wielding ape who tried to fix a slash across the chest with spit. It was an injury, and it was very amusing.
  • And I Must Scream: What happens to those who are transformed into toys and forced to obey any command from the Doflamingo family in the Dressrosa arc.
    • Also from the same arc, King Riku and his army who were controlled by Doflamingo into attacking and killing innocent people.
  • Angrish: Sanji's reaction (anime version) to his bounty poster.
  • Animal Motifs: Oda loves these. Every CP9 member, the three admirals, and the original Seven Warlords of the Sea all have animal themes. The Straw Hats have them too, though theirs are a bit vaguer. However, Oda has stated he's sure of at least one. He thinks.... that Chopper is a reindeer.
  • Animal Talk: Chopper can talk to humans and animals and act as a translator, which has come in handy before.
  • Animate Dead: Moria's modus operandi.
  • Animation Bump: Comes in several flavors. A handful of episodes are done in a style that is much brighter and more colorful and almost identical to the manga's art. Another handful of episodes are done in a more stylized manner that sacrifices detail for fluidity. The animation in general has over time been employing more detail and fluidity across the board, and the 10th Opening and especially the 15th Opening are exemplary of this.
    • The highly-regarded G8 filler arc (Episodes 195-205) has significantly more detailed, on-model animation than anything in the series beforehand. The show jumps to HD immediately afterwards, which also bumps the animation standard up a bit.
    • Episode 235 has very detailed lighting and shading, giving the episode a fittingly moody feel.
    • Episode 474 brings us the best animation quality yet seen, though a few moments, such as facial expressions, look rather awkward as a result.
    • The animation quality bumps up whenever Whitebeard does something awesome.
  • Animesque: Inverted, as evident by the show's cartoonish aesthetic.
  • Anime Theme Song: 16 of 'em, all equally optimistic and catchy! Starting with "We Are!" by Hiroshi Kitadani, which is nearly classic among fans, and which has been recovered multiple times, such as for the 10th Opening, for some of the movies, and even by the Straw Hats themselves! The sixteenth theme, "Hands Up!", is currently airing.
    • Note, however, that the 13th theme is probably the saddest of all the themes.
      • The themes seem to generally follow the mood of the story. Once the crew reunites again, the new song is even more upbeat.
    • Ending Theme: Many of these, too. Curiously enough, the first of these ("Memories") is probably the most non-action-y anime ending theme ever; all it features is the first five Straw Hats appearing one-by-one, and standing completely still.
  • Animorphism: The Zoan-type Devil Fruits allow the user to become a fully different species of animal, as well as a hybrid of that animal and their original form.
  • Annoying Arrows: The Rumbar Pirates were able to spend their last minutes merrily partying and singing away with quivers of poisoned arrows protruding from them, the poison being what brought them down. In the anime, this goes on for nearly five minutes.
    • And then, of course, there's Luffy's bedwetting "human pincushion" scene from Movie 6, although those were plant-controlled arrows.
    • Completely inverted in Amazon Lily with stone-splitting archery.
    • Whitebeard does this with swords, cannonballs, and anything else the Marines throw at him.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Luffy, whose crew includes a talking reindeer, a singing skeleton, and a cyborg, is shocked that Law has a bear in his crew.
    • To be fair, we're never given an explanation for why the bear can talk. However, the existence of a talking starfish was properl... eh, somehow explained in-story.
    • Also the people from the Grand Line believe Skypiea to be merely a myth. This coming from a sea where islands have lightning rain and a good amount of people have strange abilities.
  • Arc Number: Whenever someone's past is mentioned, terrible events always occur on some multiple of 3 or 10 years ago. Compared to the number of people this does not apply to, it's almost like there's a triennial apocalypse... at least for any named characters.
    • For some reason, Oda seems very fond of 16-year-old princesses (no, not in that kind of way). Every time a new princess is properly introduced, she is always 16 years old: Vivi, Shirahoshi, Rebecca, and Scarlet (appears as a 22-year-old in Rebecca's flashback, but first gets an introduction box and becomes fleshed out as a 16-year-old in a later flashback).
  • Arc Villain: Many, but most notably Arlong, Jones, Decken, Eneru, Foxy and Morgan.
  • Arc Words: The Will of D.
    • The One Piece itself could count. It's rarely mentioned in the series (even Luffy talks about his goal being becoming King of the Pirates far more than finding the One Piece,) but just the mention of it sparked two ages of piracy.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The World Nobles, who take this to downright absurd levels (rape, slavery, and genocide are the mildest of their misdeeds), the nobility of the Goa Kingdom, and King Wapol. The ruling family of Alabasta averts this.
    • The ruling family of Fishmen Island also averts this.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Nami; at times Vivi.
  • Armored Villains Unarmored Heroes: One of the most memorable examples would be Luffy versus the weapon-loving Don Krieg. A good part of the fight revolved around Luffy trying a way to break his armor.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Eneru and Rob Lucci. Both somewhat justified, since the former was literally invincible until Luffy came along, and the latter was a government Tyke Bomb.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: This lovely quote: “Thanks to you I’ve dealt with humiliation incarceration and being called condoriano”.
  • Artificial Human: The Pacifistas.
  • Art Attacker: Mr. 3, who uses wax sculptures, and Miss Goldenweek, who uses color to paint on Standard Status Effects or other powers. They are paired together due to their art theme.
  • Art Evolution: Oda's style has changed a lot over the years, becoming less round and cartoony, but also more variable. His panels are also much busier and full of activity, while in early chapters they were sometimes a bit barren.
    • This has carried over to the anime, which has tweaked its character designs every now and then. The style has gotten more clean, with fewer superfluous lines and details, in order to make the animation more fluid. Watch any later episode which contains a flashback to an earlier one; the difference can be surprising.
      • Most noticeable with Chopper, who kept getting cuter little by little in the manga. In the anime, he remained the same for several years, then had his design changed to the cuter version all at once. Adorable, but jarring.
    • Lest we forget Nami's ever-expanding breasts.
      • Or Usopp's lengthening nose.
      • In all fairness, the original crew are all teenagers (at least until the time skip — now it's just Luffy, Chopper and Usopp), so there was still some room for... growth.
      • Except Franky, Robin and Brook, of course. Franky and Brook's appearances can easily be explained (radical mechanical additions and an non-aging skeleton) but Robin has had a massive chest expansion, and she's far past puberty.
  • Art Shift: Three times in the anime: once in Movie 6 and in a later episode, the art (already done in a radically different style than the rest of the show) shifts to a black-and-white sketchy style. Then a minor shift appears in one of the Impel Down episodes: in the imagination of Hancock, whose fantasy version of Luffy is drawn to look Bishonen in a completely non-Oda style, complete with sparkles.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: Even with the zany, cartoony art style, the series can get pretty dark at times. Case in point, Ace and Whitebeard's deaths.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Hodi Jones from the Fishman Island arc started out as a fan of earlier Big Bad Arlong before becoming one himself.
    • Oda counts somewhat, seeing as he started out as a fan of Akira Toriyama (and Dragon Ball in particular). Eventually, he impresses the latter enough that they end up doing a one shot crossover between both franchises.
  • Asleep for Days: Luffy sleeps for three days after defeating Crocodile. After he's told this, he calculates that he missed 15 meals.
  • As Lethal as It Needs to Be: It's stated that the best swordsmen can do this: Strike a sheet of paper or a tree branch harmlessly, yet cut rocks or even steel the next second. Zoro reaches this level during his battle against Mr 1 in the Alabasta arc.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In one SBS, Oda lampshades the fact that Robin's attack names regularly mix and match English, Spanish, and French. "It's a bit jumbled up, but it sounds nice, so no worries."
  • As Long As There Is One Man: After Boa Hancock petrifies Vice Captain Momonga's crew, she mockingly states that his crew is down to one. He replies that "one" is not the same as none.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: A common part of Oda's design style:
    • Usopp is designed to look like Pinocchio. His long nose recalls Pinocchio instantly, while his large boots, knobby body, and dark skin are specifically designed to look like wooden marionette. Fittingly, he's a constant liar, who desperately wishes to become a real man.
    • Most of the male Baroque Works agents have their number integrated into their appearance. On the extreme end, Mr. 7 has a face consisting entirely of 7s.
    • Chief Warden Magellan, who runs a Dante's Inferno-esque prison, looks like Satan wearing an SS uniform.
    • Hilariously inverted with Commander T-Bone, who is one of the most peace-loving and compassionate human beings in the series, let alone the Marines. Despite this, he looks like a hideous ghoul.
    • Prof. Clover's hair looks like an upside-down three leaf clover.
    • Let's not forget that Dr. Crocus' head resembles the flower he was named for.
  • Attack Reflector: Impact Dials can absorb the energy of a blow and store them to be released later. The more powerful Reject Dials return it with ten times the power, but can also hurt or even kill the user.
    • Kuma's Paw-Paw Fruit allows him to repel all attacks with his palms, regardless of how powerful they are.
    • Luffy can also do this due to being rubber, but after the timeskip, he's learned to return attacks with twice the power.
  • Author Appeal:
    • It has become increasingly clear over the past few years that Eiichiro Oda really, really, really likes afros.
    • Apparently, the reason that Nami was redesigned after the Time Skip is because Oda married a model who portrayed her in cosplay.
  • Author Avatar:
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Every high-ranking Marine officer. Every one of them. Subverted in Smoker's case; he started as a mere captain and reluctantly rose to commodore. It's been said that he'd have a much higher rank if he were more obedient and wouldn't be played straight for him until the Time Skip, where it was revealed he was promoted to Vice-Admiral.
    • Also subverted by Vice-Admiral Garp, who we later find out had actually turned down a promotion to Admiral multiple times. The one time he's shown fighting that isn't against Luffy (and thus likely wasn't his best effort), he was fighting alongside Fleet Admiral Sengoku himself, indicating that the two are very likely on the same level.
      • In fact, Garp's the marine who was chasing after Gold Roger, and it is repeatedly stated that the two nearly killed each other multiple times, so he's likely close to Whitebeard's level.
    • Averted by Spandam, who's weaker than your average Mook and yet is the undisputed leader of CP9, even though Lucci disdains him and could snap him in half with one finger.
      • Thoroughly averted on the other side by Iceberg as well. All of the Galley-la foremen in his employ are certifiably Badass, even those who aren't CP9. Iceberg himself... is just really good at making and repairing ships.
    • Also subverted by the World Nobles, who seem to have virtually-absolute authority over all the people of Sabaody Archipelago, as well as the Holy Land of Mariejois, have the authority to call an admiral and battle fleet if someone ticks them off, and yet they have no fighting ability whatsoever, aside from being allowed to carry guns.
    • Played straight with other pirate crews, where the captain is always the most battle-capable member of his or her crew.
  • Author Appeal: Crossdressers (Rurouni Kenshin author Nobuhiro Watsuki confirmed that then-assistant Oda was responsible for the creation of crossdressing villain Kamatari) and Funny Afroes.
  • Autocannibalism:
    • In a plot point exclusive to the manga, Zeff cut off and ate his own leg while stranded on a deserted island with Sanji, who he had secretly given all the stockpiled food to.
    • Later, a villain gifted with Munch-Munch Fruit eats himself to make himself thinner when he gets stuck in an entryway.
  • Award Bait Song: Some of the songs used in the anime and movies could qualify. "Asu wa Kuru Kara", "One Day", "Compass" and "Mata ne" come to mind.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Like the basic naming requirement.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force:
    • The mere presence of very powerful people is sufficent to knock out weaker ones.
    • Essentially, Haki (the superpower that lets characters like Raleigh, Hancock, Luffy, and Sentomaru pull their more outrageous stunts, including the knocking people out and hitting Logia users) is powered by a person's force of character. So yes, in One Piece, the most impressive superpower is really fueled by awesomeness
  • Ax-Crazy: Most of the Warlords have specific goals (Crocodile, Moria, Blackbeard), and some of them have codes of honor (Jinbe, Mihawk). By contrast, Slasher Smiling Donquixote Doflamingo appears to be absolutely batshit insane and just enjoys causing havoc and killing people.
    • And Magellan locked co-warden Shiliew up in the deepest level of the prison when Shiliew started killing prisoners for fun. The first thing Shiliew does upon being released to help with the prison break? Attack the guards who opened his cell.
    • Admiral Akainu responds to almost anything he perceives as a threat with absolutely ridiculous amounts of force... and, considering how many things he sees as threats, he goes from being ruthlessly pragmatic to a complete psychopath.
    • "Wet Hair" Caribou, one of the new infamous rookies that arrives on Sabaody around the end of the timeskip, may very well take the cake on this one. To drive the point home, his shirt even looks like an undone straitjacket.
  • An Axe to Grind:
    • Dr. Vegapunk's bodyguard, Sentomaru, wields a giant battle-axe, though he boasts that he doesn't even need it to take Luffy down. He does need it for Monster Chopper, though.
    • Very much earlier, the less formidable Captain Morgan had an axe in place of a hand.
  • Back Story: Everyone. If a character is fighting one of the Straw Hats for more than two chapters, expect them to have some sort of Back Story.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: For some — or perhaps many — Luffy and Ace at Marineford... unfortunately, not for long enough... and never to be seen again.
    • And to one up that, we've got none other than Whitebeard and Roger on the cover page of Chapter 597.
    • Usopp, Nami, and Brook pull a three way version of this trope when they're fighting off the palace guards on Fishman Island.
  • Badass: Read the next ten or so entries.
    • The entire fight against Shiki in One Piece Film: Strong World is badass. There are badass outfits, a badass entrance, a badass royal palace, and a badass final boss fight. The entire last quarter of the movie is made of pure badass.
  • Badass Adorable: Chopper, Nami, Luffy, Vivi and Tashigi, among others.
    • Robin and Hancock also count, to a lesser extent (They're definitely badass and cute, but they're not as cute as the aforementioned examples).
  • Badass Boast: Luffy's declaration of war on the World Government.
    Spandam: You really think you can survive now that the entire world's your enemy?!
    Luffy: Bring it on!!
    • After taking out 50,000 New Fishman Pirate warriors after hearing Hody declare his intentions to be the Pirate King.
      You can play at being a regular king all you want. But there's only room in this world for one... Pirate King!! I don't care how many of you there are! Come on!
    • I AM WHITEBEARD.
    • Luffy at Enies Lobby.
      Marines: "We have ten thousand men guarding this island! This is the greatest fortress of justice in the world!"
      Luffy: "Yeah and I'm alone so GET OUT OF MY WAY!"
    • Trafalgar Law, to Virgo
      Law: "Payback... is gonna be a bitch."
  • Badass Bookworm: Nico Robin.
    • And Chopper shows signs of this, once he gets over his initial freak-out.
      • According to anime filler, he already was. Part of that whole doctor training thing.
    • And a flashback during the Skypiea arc reveals that Montblanc Norland was an awesome example in his day as well.
  • Badass Crew: The Straw Hats, natch, although Whitebeard's Pirates have cemented themselves as one of the best examples of this trope. Blackbeard's crew are a delightfully evil example, recruiting not only four global terrorists but also the insane swordsman who once guarded them. Shanks and his men qualify for stopping a feckin' war.
    • On that last one, note that they stopped the war just by showing up and giving everybody involved a stern talking-to.
  • Badass Family: The Monkey D. clan; this might extend to other Ds like Saul and Teach as well.
  • Badass Grandpa: Luffy's actual grandpa, Vice-Admiral Garp "The Fist". He will get you punks off his lawn, by pitching cannonballs with his bare hands.
    • And Whitebeard, obviously. Badass indeed.
    • Silvers Rayleigh definitely counts. Aside from fending off a dude packing light-speed reflexes and a lightsaber, he also swam the freaking Calm Belt, which is infested with colossal sea monsters. Also, he punched out an elephant with his mind.
    • Gan Fall.
    • Don Chin Jao Even after Garp punched his head in, he could still match Luffy's Haki
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: CP9. Carrying out assassinations and government conspiracies while looking absolutely sharp.
    • But it's also important to note that several members of CP9 look really ridiculous wearing suits like that, especially the fat Fukurou and the hyperactive Kabuki actor Kumadori.
    • This seems to be spread to the Marines as well. Just look at Admiral Kizaru.
    • The entire Straw Hat crew get into the art in the tenth movie. Probably the only time in the series outside of colorspreads that you are going to see Luffy wearing a dress shirt, suit, and tie. And they all look damn sexy to boot.
    • How has Sanji not been mentioned? That's basically all he wears!
  • Badass in Distress: Every main crew member (and Vivi) goes through this during their focus arcs in some respectnote . Additionally, and despite (or due to) being the two more powerful members of the crew, Luffy and Zoro get captured/restrained/incapacitated a lot, usually it gives other characters the chance to shine.
    • Luffy was thrown to a pool by Arlong (rescued by Nojiko, Genzo, and Sanji), nearly executed by Buggy twice (saved by Nami and Zoro, and then by a lucky flash of lightning), thrown to a seastone cell with the rest of the crew by Crocodile (saved by Vivi and Sanji), buried alive by, again, Crocodile (rescued by one of his subordinates) and he was also rescued by Law after he lost the will to fight or live after Ace's death.
    • Zoro was about to be executed when Luffy met him (although to be fair, he could have probably escaped anytime, and was there to spare a young girl from the literally Ax-Crazy Morgan's wrath), and Mr. 3 almost made him, Nami, and Vivi wax figures (in this case, they were saved not solely by Luffy, but by Usopp and Carue).
    • The Monster Trio was captured by Moria and all of them got their shadows stolen.
    • Aside from the above, though, Sanji is almost never captured, thus averting this trope.
    • Luffy and Ace also go through this badly in Impel Down and Marineford, respectively. Luffy gets better with help from Bon Clay, Mr. 3, Buggy, Crocodile, Mr. 1, Ivankov, Jinbei, and numerous others. Ace doesn't.
  • Badass Longcoat: Most high-ranking Marine officers and upper tier pirate captains sport these, as does Mr. 5 of Baroque Works and, of all people, Alvida.
    • Should be stated that 97% of all the Badass Longcoat wearing characters' arms are NEVER within their coat's sleeves and just have them hang from their shoulders while they fight (or many cases Curb Stomp) as per Rule of Cool.
    • Gold Roger seems to have been the only character badass enough to actually wear his badass longcoat with his arms in the sleeves.
      • So did John Giant.
    • Eustass Kid wears a coat sleeve on his right arm, but not his left.
    • Luffy wears one in the tenth movie, as do Z and Ain in the 12th.
  • Badass Mustache: WHITEBEARD. The misleading name (which is because that part of his name in Japanese means any kind of facial hair) detracts nothing from its awesome manliness.
  • Badass Normal: Usopp, hands down. Sanji and Zoro would also qualify, were it not for their superhuman strength.
    • Nami has very little physical power or fighting skill to speak of, and no Devil Fruit powers, but still manages to take down fairly tough opponents (and cuts large swathes through the Marines' Red Shirt Army) with her Clima Tact, a Weather Control Machine that her navigational skills allow her to do things with that not even Usopp, its original creator, could think of.
    • Mihawk is kinda this compared to the other Seven Warlords of the Sea, being the only one to so far possess neither Devil Fruit powers or Fishman abilities.
    • Surrounded by guys who shoot lasers, freeze oceans, and turn into Buddha, Garp stands out as a Marine capable of extreme badassery (he was the Pirate King's nemesis) despite having no apparent Devil Fruit power.
    • Roger himself also counts. To the best of our knowledge so far, he had no Devil Fruit powers. He appears to have had the ability to understand any language, but that isn't what made him the greatest pirate to ever live.
      • It helps that his crew also seems to have been this. Out of the former members of Gold Roger's crew that we've seen so far, only Buggy has been shown to have a Devil Fruit power, and he ate his entirely by accident. In Buggy's flashback, the crew express the opinion that losing the ability to swim isn't worth the power, and when Buggy, probably one of the lowest-ranked people on the ship, declares that he's going to eat it, no one really seems to care. In fact, the rest of the crew comment on how stupid he's being.
    • Red-Hair Shanks. Full stop. The man parried a fist of lava with a sword. (Note that Shanks only has one arm.)
  • Baddie Flattery: Foxy complimented Luffy on his new look before their fight.
    • Rob Lucci in the anime commended Luffy during their battle for standing up to the World Government, but was too haughty to admit that a rebel pirate could actually be a Worthy Opponent for him.
    • Blackbeard does this constantly.
  • Bad Liar: Usopp, Luffy, and Sanji at one point during Thriller Bark.
  • Bait the Dog: Blackbeard is first introduced as a rather jolly Boisterous Bruiser and Affably Evil type. Fast forward to the Marineford battle where he gleefully and brutally murders Whitebeard who he once called "father" for twenty years and steals Whitebeard's Devil Fruit abilities, revealing himself to be always a power-hungry megalomaniac.
    • Eustass Kidd is first seen disgusted with the World Government slave auctions and setting himself as a Worthy Opponent to Luffy and Law. A hundred chapters later, he's seen crucifying pirates attempting to flee the most dangerous sea of the New World.
    • Law himself isn't as mellow as he was once thought to be. In chapter 659, it's revealed he sent 100 hearts of pirates to the World Government to become one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.
    • Completely inverted with Jinbe. When he was first mentioned by Yosaku as Arlong's former captain and the one who set Arlong into East Blue, everyone assumed that Jinbe would be set up as a major villain later on. Who would have thought that he was in fact a honorable and decent person, became one of the Straw Hats' biggest allies and be invited by Luffy to join the crew?
  • Balance of Power: Marine Headquarters + the Seven Warlords of the Sea vs. the Four Emperors.
    • However, the Four Emperors aren't allied with each other, so that makes the balance even more precarious, to the point where the World Government was shitting itself at the prospect of Shanks and Whitebeard simply talking.
    • Essentially, the Whitebeard war arc shows that Marine Headquarters + the Seven Warlords of the Sea are about equal to one of the Emperors and their allies. Luckily, the Four Emperors contend with each other too. Also, smaller pirate crews and groups (kept in check by all of these factions) are always trying to upset the balance. When Whitebeard died, smaller crews and the other Emperors rushed to fill the void, at the expense of civilians.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Kinemon's son Momonosuke, who ate an experimental Devil Fruit that transformed him into an eastern dragon.
  • Balloon Belly: Three words: "Gum, Gum, '''BALLOON!!!'''".
  • Bare Your Midriff: Almost every female main character at one point or another. The Movie 10 tie-in episodes also give us Largo, the male mariachi-themed aspirant for a position amongst Gold Lion Shiki's armada.
    • Kaku's half-giraffe form also pulls this off, managing to show that Zoan's clothing deformation has limits.
  • The Baroness: Kalifa. The sexpot kind.
  • Base on Wheels: Capone "Gang" Bege is a base on legs. His insides appear to be more like a fortress, where an army of tiny people, cannons, and horses reside. And while they may look puny from inside his body, they grow to normal size instantly after moving a foot or two away from him.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: Hancock, of course. She can kick a kitten, she can insult pretty much anyone she wants and she can turn people into stone without anyone caring. Why? Because she is beautiful.
  • Batman Gambit: Blackbeard is the man with a plan. Check the page entry for details.
  • Battle Interrupting Shout: Happens not one, but many times. First, it is subverted by Princess Vivi as per Rule of Drama when she tried to stop the revolutionary army from attacking the royal palace. Played remarkably straight by Luffy later on: when he screams for a crowd to stop, he can actually cause an entire battlefield to faint and froth at the mouth.
  • Battle Tops: Captain Buggy's First Mate uses spinning tops in one of his attacks.
  • Battle Trophy: Impressed by Shuusui, Zoro stated that he will claim it as his own. When the battle was over, Ryuuma acknowledged his loss by giving the sword voluntarily to Zoro.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When the Toy Soldier/Kyros was human and no one let him forget he was murderer, he wished that people would simply forget his existence. After building a happy life for himself, his wish came true where everyone including his loved ones forgot they existed.
  • Beam Spam: When he feels up to it, Kizaru can unleash an absolute hail of laser blasts.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Bartholomew Kuma. Also a subversion, as he's spared the Straw Hats twice, even though he had orders to kill them the first time, and he's supposedly the Warlord who's most loyal to the World Government.
    • Played straight as of the arrival of the World Government's Pacifista Army.
    • Played straight with Kumacy, Perona's pet Zombie Teddy Bear.
    • Also played straight with Bear King, Big Bad of the second movie.
    • Bepo, of the Heart Pirates, is a Kung-Fu Bear. Subverted, as he's a pretty nice guy... er, bear.
  • Beard of Evil: A new character, Brownbeard, manages to take this trope Up to Eleven. He has a evil beard which splits into three additional beards.
  • Beast Man: Anyone who eats the Zoan class of Devil Fruit applies to this trope.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: In chapter 662, Law literally pokes out Smoker's heart. Law then is seen holding Smoker's heart as Smoker himself slumps down.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: The Davy Back Fight, where one pirate crew challenges another to a series of games with crew members as the prize. Naturally, the Straw Hats win.
    • Also with CP9 who, confident in their skills, make a game out of rescuing Robin by dividing five keys between themselves, one of which unlocks Robin's handcuffs. Of course, we all know what happened there. And even earlier in the Arlong arc, when the titular fishman throws Luffy into the water and proclaims to Zoro, Sanji, and Usopp that it's a game to save him by beating the Quirky Miniboss Squad. Three fishmen beatdowns later (as well as some CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable) on the part of Nojiko and Genzo; the crew didn't quite get to their captain in time), and Luffy is freed to deliver some much overdue pain onto Arlong.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Double subverted in Nami's case. Her skin sometimes shows pretty serious damage during her more intense fights, but in the long run, it is still practically flawless, despite the fact that she's been slashed or stabbed more than any character besides Luffy or Zoro. Hell, this trope might count for everyone besides Zoro, who's the only one in the entire crew series to retain the scars from his battles. It should be mentioned, though, that in the illustrations from an old light novel set in Loguetown, Nami does have a rather noticeable scar on her shoulder where she stabbed out her Arlong tattoo.
    • An especially egregious case is Rebecca, a gladiator forced to fight repeatedly in the Corrida Colosseum. Whereas her male colleagues have all sorts of terrible scars and disconfigurations, her body is totally devoid of them. Justified, as it is mentioned that she has never been hit in a fight.
    • The anthropomorphic personification of this is the Slip-Slip Fruit, which makes the eater so slippery that attacks slide right off them.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: During the Baratie arc, Gin of Don Krieg's crew ends up fighting Sanji and having the chance to kill him. Gin can't bring himself to, though, since Sanji was the one who gave him the food he asked for. Apparently, it was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for him up to that point.
  • The Bechdel Test: Despite being heavy on The Smurfette Principle, the series actually manages to pass the test. Mostly happens when Robin and Nami talk to each other or when Nami fights a female opponent.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: God Eneru was aware that "God" was merely a title, but was so powerful he convinced himself he was the real thing.
  • Bequeathed Power: Whenever a Devil Fruit user dies, their powers are reborn into a new Devil Fruit, which is the case of Ace's Flame Flame fruit.
  • Berserk Button: Has its own page.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Alvida is infatuated with Luffy because of this trope, though she's apparently okay with killing him. Luffy doesn't really care.
    • She explains this. If he's able to be killed, then he wasn't the man she was looking for. She has faith in his ability to survive.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Dr. Hiriluk
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Luffy is a pretty nice guy. There are just some things he won't tolerate.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • Sanji's "Diable Jambe" works underwater.
    • Blackbeard has two devil fruit powers and hasn't exploded.
    • There's a Big Bad who has a sword THAT ATE A DEVIL FRUIT!
  • BFS: Mihawk's sword, the Kokutou Yoru, is nearly as tall as he is, and about five times as wide, due to the cross-like hilt.
    • Justified in Squad's case, since he only used it to stab the shit out of Whitebeard.
  • Big Bad: Every arc has one, but the saga villains are the ones that stand out the most.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: It's taken quite a while, but it's finally official. At present, the series' top villains are Marshall D. "Blackbeard" Teach and Fleet Admiral "Akainu" Sakazuki. Also arguably Big Mom, and Buggy the Clown. Although the last one is probably more of a Big Bad Wannabe.
  • Big Ball of Violence: Played straight. Mr. 2 sacrifices his freedom for Luffy and the Impel Down escapees. Luffy cries, Buggy mocks him, Luffy punches Buggy on the nose, Buggy retaliates.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Ace, the older brother, is rather protective of his younger brother, Luffy. On a not-literally-siblings note, Zoro tends to be most protective of the crew's youngest member, Chopper.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Thanks to his extremely advanced Mantra power, Eneru is able to sense the movements and thoughts of EVERYONE on Skypeia. And thanks to his Devil Fruit power, he's able to punish anyone he wants with a giant frickin' lightning bolt (That move is essentially a human version of the Kill Sat). It seems like the only reason he doesn't just single-handedly wipe out all resistance completely is that he would get bored.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Ace and Zoro to Luffy, as well as Marco to Ace.
  • Big Bulky Bomb: The bomb at the end of the Alabasta arc.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The forests of Jaya are swarming with 'em. Shiki's also got a number of giant insects among his beasts.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Straw Hat Pirates, more often than not.
    • If one of the weaker Straw Hats are in jeopardy, you can expect Sanji to materialize from nothing to deliver a kick to a villain's face.
    • Right in the middle of the war between Whitebeard's Pirates and the World Government, Luffy and the Impel Down escapees fall in from the sky.
    • At the Enies Lobby Merry saves the crew when they get trapped between Marine battleships. That's right, in One Piece a Boat can be this trope.
    • In chapter 578, Trafalgar Law pops up at Marineford to save Luffy's life.
      • Moments later, Shanks steals Law's thunder by ENDING THE WHOLE DAMN WAR WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT.
      • Holy Crap Possibly the biggest damn heroes moment of the series.
    • A particularly strong example was in Strong World when the whole crew, minus Nami, marched into Shiki’s HQ carrying cannons, which never appeared anywhere else in canon yet, and then proceeded to use them against the rather large force of Pirate Captains and mooks gathered there as a way of saying “hello” before the action really started.
    • The Straw Hats showing up to save Robin and Franky.
    • All together now: OUR SHARPSHOOTER RULES!
    • All together again: Chapter 633!
    • The entire crew seems to constantly be doing this on the large scale as well. They arrive at an island JUST in time to be around as the various events come to a head.
  • Big Eater: Luffy; Ace; Garp; Jewelry Bonney
    • And Lucky Roux, one of Shanks's crewmates, who is notably the only big eater in the series who is actually fat (or indeed, in anything but amazing shape).
    • Crappy king Wapol, whose Devil Fruit allows him to eat everything, from planks of wood to cannonballs, and take on their proprieties. And yet his powers enable him to become as slim as the aforementioned examples.
    • Luffy took this Up to Eleven at the end of the Arabasta arc. He was given an entire cartful of fruit to snack on while he waits for dinner to be prepared. He eats ALL the fruit, WITHIN A NANOSECOND, literally if you blink you'll miss it. Also added that he didn't even bother to peel said fruit or that he ate two cardboard boxes along with it. Zoro and Sanji shout out of what Luffy just did was some kind of trick.
  • Big Entrance: Invoked by Monkey D. Garp. How does he make his entrance? Busting straight through a wall when There Was a Door. Why? Because it's cooler that way. He then goes on to have his men fix the wall.
  • Bigger Bad: Three examples.
    • Kong is the commander in chief of the Marines, but he's not nearly as involved in the story as the Fleet Admiral.
    • The Five Elder Stars are the leaders of the World Government, but they leave most of the anti-piracy policies to the Marines.
    • Kaido is one of the Four Emperors, but he hasn't made an official appearance just yet.
  • Big Good: Shared and switched amongst various contenders throughout the story. Chronologically speaking, Gold Roger kickstarted the Golden Age of the Pirates, but he's a Posthumous Character, while Dragon remains the most powerful opponent to the World Government, as head of the Revolutionaries. An old rival to Roger, Garp, Sengoku, and Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate had this role thrown upon his shoulders during the Marineford arc, while "Red-Haired" Shanks (a former crewmate of Roger) operates as something of a Bigger Good. After the Whitebeard War, Silvers Rayleigh (Roger's first mate) briefly worked as Luffy's mentor and trainer prior to the Time Skip, but there's a chance he'll return once again.
  • Big "NEVER!": Uttered by pretty much everyone aside from Luffy in Thriller Bark, when Kuma offered to let them live if they handed Luffy over.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Many and numerous.
  • Billing Displacement: In universe example:
    • After escaping from Impel Down, the marine holds Luffy and Buggy responsible — completely ignoring the two former Warlords that were involved.
      • To be fair, both the warlords were firmly locked in the most secure portion of Impel Down, and had it not been for Luffy and Buggy, who actually was instrumental in getting Luffy down the first few floors without too much damage and later causing enough chaos by freeing other prisoners on different levels while Luffy's group began moving from the bottom level, the entire escape probably would have failed.
  • Bishōnen: Parodied with Sanji's Parage Shot, which is capable of literally beating people pretty. Iron Mask Duval was grateful, Wanze of CP7 was not.
    • In the anime, we get to see Luffy from Hancock's point of view, where he is very, very Bishounen, complete with sparkles.
    • And as of the Dressrosa arc , we got the nobelman pirate Cavendish .
  • Bishonen Line: Rob Lucci uses Seimei Kikan to make his half-leopard form smaller and more maneuverable, but he has to change back to normal to use his strongest attack.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The ending of Marineford. Ace and Whitebeard have been killed, Luffy stays without his nakama for about two years (though it was his choice), and the world is now under a new age of even more piracy. Despite this, Luffy and his crew resolve to continue their adventure with high spirits and never give up on their dreams.
  • Blank White Eyes: Happens to every villain who has been deafeated by Luffy and won't be getting back up again (For the moment). Also happens to Luffy when he realizes that Ace died right in front of him.
  • Blessed with Suck: A highly uncommon trait in this series, since important characters tend to be very good at exploiting their strengths, no matter how weak they may seem (see What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?).
    • Perhaps the most notable case is Brook, whose Revive-Revive Fruit allows nothing more than coming back from the dead. His soul took so long finding his body that it had rotted to only bones by the time Brook fully revived. Plus, it's implied this power only works once, so Brook is now left with the negative effects of a Devil Fruit. Regardless, even Brook has found ways to put his light, bones-only body to good use.
      • The Revive-Revive fruit also keeps you in whatever state you were in when it kicked in permanently, essentially bestowing semi-immortality; the user can't age or die of natural causes, but they can be killed by other means. This turned out to be more of a curse for Brook since it led to him spending fifty years all alone on a deserted ship.
      • And the most horrific side-effect of all: if someone cuts off Brook's afro, it will never grow back. Though it does mean a lot in Brook's case, as his afro is the only thing that will allow Laboon to ever recognize him. Hence why he's so protective of it.
      • Possibly averted post-timeskip as he can separate his soul from his body (bones?) to relay messages or put himself back together again, and use the cold embrace of death itself to deliver a freezing sword slice.
    • Another example is Coby, who spontaneously ends up developing Haki. Mantra, to be specific, meaning he can hear voices of people from far away and know exactly what they're doing. Cool, right?.... except he develops it right in the middle of the Whitebeard War, meaning his first experience with it is masses of people dying. And he hears every single one. Oh.... and he can't control it yet, meaning he'll keep hearing people's voices and pain until he learns to turn it off.
    • Pierre is a giant bird that ate the Horse-Horse Fruit, which gave him the power to transform into a horse or into a hybrid form that (supposedly) resembles a pegasus. Since he can already fly and is big enough to carry his owner, the Horse-Horse Fruit only made him unable to swim. On the other hand, since Pierre doesn't have flippers, he probably could never swim anyways.
  • Blinding Bangs: Carrot of the now disbanded Usopp Pirates. Also Sadi-Chan from Impel Down, and Killer when he was a child.
  • Blood Brothers: When Luffy, Ace and Sabo were kids, they shared a drink together. Because of some tradition, this meant that they were all now brothers. This explains why Luffy always called Ace his older brother.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: All of Zoro's fights compared to his last ones.
    • The Paramount War contains the most graphic injuries in the series thus far.
  • Blood Knight: Whenever Zoro gets in a swordfight, he's pretty much always seen smiling. Really makes you wonder how much he's enjoying it while it lasts.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Rather odd example from one of the filler arcs when an amnesiatic Luffy and Zoro get into a fight. Luffy gets hit with Zoro's Oni Giri attack, which tears his vest and leaves visible cut marks that remain for the rest of the episode, but there's no blood, despite the fact that he was previously shown bleeding from a cut on his cheek.
    • All fights are this way in the 4Kids version, replacing any blood with dirt and bruising, or nothing at all.
    • Even the main series, which doesn't shy away from showing blood, has suprisingly little of the stuff when the dragon on Punk Hazard, and later Donquixote Doflamingo, are beheaded.
  • Blood Upgrade: Pearl from Don Krieg's crew, who becomes more unpredictable when he realizes he's bleeding.
  • Bloody Hilarious: In an early Fishman Island chapter, Sanji ended up having his face squeezed into a mermaid's breasts whilst hiding from the three mermaid princes. The result is that Sanji has a nosebleed so powerful that it erupts into the air in the shape of a mermaid. This proves disastrous because just moments ago, Chopper told everyone that Sanji has a rare blood type and he had just run out. So if Sanji had another high-pressure nosebleed, he would be in big trouble.
  • Bloody Murder: Crocodile's only weakness is liquid, as getting wet prevents him from using his sand powers. What does Luffy use when he has no water? His own blood.
  • Blush Sticker: Hancock of all people gets some.
    • And she's the only one.
      • Well, not if you account for Bon Clay's natural blush.
      • Miss Goldenweek also has these.
      • So does the mermaid princess Shirahoshi.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: The giants of Elbaf are a Proud Warrior Race in this vein from what we've seen so far. Blackbeard fits the trope to a T despite being a villain. If anything, his cheerful big guy attitude is what makes his evil actions unsettling. His crewmate Burgess is one with a little bit of Blood Knight mixed in.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Hilariously enough, Big Bad Gold Lion Shiki from the tenth movie and his assistant doctor Indigo have this going on. The OAV of "Chapter 0" shows they were going at it over 20 years back as well.
    • Often happens between Nami, Usopp, and Luffy.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The CP 9 agents, attempting to eliminate people who know of their existence, tie up Paulie and Iceburg and leave them in a burning building. This is after they've fully explained how they can kill a man with no more than their index finger.
  • Boobs of Steel: More often than not, if there's a female in the series who's a deadly fighter, they're bound to have large breasts as well. The only exceptions are those who are too young or too old (or too ugly).
    • If a female character starts getting stronger, expect their bust size to increase as well, just look at Nami and Tashigi.
    • At first, Princess Shirahoshi looks to be an exception, then you realize that she's the modern incarnation of the Ancient Weapon Poseidon and possesses to control Sea Kings and possibly use them to tear islands apart - fitting considering she has the largest pair in the series.
  • Book Ends: Many individual story arcs have a consistent theme, and begin and end with a similar event.
    • In the Arlong Arc, the first flashback we see of Nami's childhood has her stealing from the villagers. At the end of the arc, as she's leaving with the Straw Hats, she pickpockets a number of them on the way to the ship.
  • Boom, Headshot: In Luffy's flashback to his time with Shanks, Shanks is held at gunpoint by a mountain bandit. Shanks calmly tells the man that guns are for killing, not threatening, at which point the big guy in Shanks's crew headshots the bandit point blank.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Franky's theme music.
  • Bouncing Battler: Bellamy fights by bouncing around until he's fast enough to hit enemies hard.
  • Bowdlerise: 4Kids North American dub.
    • The Japanese anime also did this occasionally, with respect to the manga. When Luffy gets hit by Jango's chakram, it originally goes straight into the back of his head; the anime changes this into a mouth catch that slightly cuts the corners of his lips. Bellemere is shot between the eyes in the manga, while the anime has her shot in the chest. There are various other incidences as well, though they're relatively minor.
      • ... Except for one: According to the anime guide One Piece RAINBOW, Sanji is 20. Word of God in the manga states unequivocally that he's 19, and none of the characters are getting any older. This may have to do with Japanese broadcast TV standards, which allow adults to be shown smoking ("adults" being defined as anyone age 20 or over), but not minors.
    • Another instance in the anime. During Sanji's fight with Absalom, Absalom stabs him in the back with a knife, and Sanji manages to locate him thanks to him stepping in a pool of his blood. However, thanks to the Akihabara Massacre about a week prior, the knife and blood was hastily edited out in the anime, resulting in Sanji apparently getting hit with a normal blow and locating Absalom without help. Foreign broadcasts, and presumably the DVDs, remain unedited.
    • There were two major bowdlerizations done in the Marineford Arc: when Ace was given the killing blow from Akainu, the carnage done to his torso was heavily reduced to a blank hole and much less blood. Also, most importantly, while Whitebeard got half of his face blown off from one of Akainu's attacks in the manga, the anime changed it to losing half of his moustache. Understandably, if the anime kept this gorey detail in, it would definitely change the rating closer to those of more darker anime.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Fruits don't change, the users just get more creative in how to apply them.
  • Braids of Action: Rebecca.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Zoro in the anime filler episode 223.
    • Also Luffy in the Syrup Island arc briefly, though in this case it didn't work so well for the villains.
  • Break the Cutie: Nami, Robin, Zoro, Chopper, and Franky's backstories all have at least elements of this.
    • The Impel Down and Marineford arcs are all one long and painful line of Break the Cutie for Luffy.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: As of Chapter 513, the Straw Hats are scattered by Kuma. After two years, they are finally beginning to reunite.
  • Break Up Make Up Scenario:
    • Nami left with the Going Merry to try and pay off her debt to Arlong.
    • When Robin leaves the crew and they go after her in the CP9 arc. She was coerced into leaving in exchange for keeping the Straw Hats safe.
    • Earlier in the CP9 arc, Usopp leaves the crew when he fights Luffy over what should be done with the crippled Going Merry. It was a brutal fight with Usopp losing. Later at the end of the arc, after spending much of the time fighting with the crew under a pseudonym, he hopes to be Easily Forgiven with him saying nothing about his actions, but Zoro puts his foot down to stop it as unlike what Robin went through, it was his choice. Until he apologizes, he shouldn't be allowed back in the crew.
  • Breast Expansion: As mentioned before, breasts just seem to get bigger and bigger. Nami's have morphed into small and perky into literally larger than her head and probably several watermelons.
  • Breath Weapon: Several, including Franky's ability to literally breathe fire and Kuma's ability to shoot lasers from out of his mouth.
  • Brick Joke: There's one every now and then. One that isn't entirely a joke but becomes funny through the effect: Luffy lunges at Wapol, saying "Gum Gum Bul—" right before a three-chapter flashback. Once the flashback is over, it cuts right back to Luffy finishing the "—let!" as he punches Wapol. Even funnier is that it lands on the last page of the volume and comes out of nowhere after all that flashback.
    • There's a Running Gag about Sanji's wanted poster not resembling him in the least. Then, they encounter Duval, a poor sap who perfectly resembles the poster, and has been pursued by bounty hunters due to mistaken identity.
      • And in chapter 495, it's revealed he was born that way.
    • At the start of the Fishman Island arc, Luffy complains to Jinbe that he is not a hero, because heroes have to share their meat. At the near end, Zoro says the same thing, but with booze.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Usopp tends to balance out Luffy's red shirt moments nicely, to the point it just gets funnier when you notice they wear the garments in question. Though currently, Buggy had almost done this when Whitebeard called him out on wanting to take his head.
  • Broken Bird: Robin's detached nature is due to years of being a fugitive from the World Government and persecution due to her ability to read Poneglyphs. It wasn't until the Straw Hats actually declared war on the World Government to prove how they considered her one of their own that she realized that she had found her place.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: This happens to Wyper, who is exhausted from "killing" Eneru, who restarted his own heart, and eliminated the former.
    • Subverted in the case of Luffy (naturally), who should've been completely exhausted from taking in 100 shadows to pulverize Oars, but when the former rises up to fight again, Luffy prepares to get up, ready for action, merely stating "Damn, I'm too tired for this!", then leading the Straw Hats to defeat him anyway, with him giving the finishing blow.
    • In the same battle, the Big Bad Gekko Moriah took in a thousand shadows and Luffy simply went into Gear Second, made Moria spit some of the shadows out, before using Gear Third on top of it and knocking him into the mast, defeating him. Using either one of the Gears puts great strain on him, so you can imagine how stacking them worked out.
    • Played painfully straight one arc later. When confronted with Impel Down's Chief Warden Magellan, whose entire body is covered in paralyzing, flesh-melting poison, Luffy decides to strike him down with one Gear Second-enhanced attack, hoping that poisoning can be resisted with sheer willpower. Magellan takes the attack head-on, seems knocked out for a brief second, then swiftly recovers and curbstomps Luffy, who is nearly disabled by poison.
    • And let's not forget Luffy's battles with Crocodile, the first two fights go without saying. During the third fight, Luffy had been bleeding profusely, only when covered in his own blood was he able to hit Crocodile. Coupled with that Crocodile's poison hook had infected Luffy with a lethal poison multiple times throughout the fight. By the time Crocodile had finally been knocked unconscious, Luffy was laying there dying of poison.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Over the course of the series, Luffy, Nami, Sanji, and some others can be seen with shirts that have numbers on them. Not surprisingly, Luffy's number is 1. Also, Nami's number is 57.
  • Built with LEGO:Cover 622 has the Straw hats building a lego structure.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The author, Odacchi. Seriously, the fans wouldn't put up with all the unexplained nonsense he comes up with if he wasn't so darn good at it!
    • Luffy is quite a bit of this too. Considering Trafalgar Law's willingness to team up with Luffy, even with knowledge of Luffy's immaturity.
    • CP 9 is a double example. Despite being a group of wacky and quirky individuals, they are a frighteningly effective group of assassins. Despite being a frighteningly effective group of assassins, they are capable of being legitimately talented shipwrights too, shipwrights who themselves have a number of bizarre characteristics.
  • Buried Alive: "Wet Hair" Caribou and "Blood Splatterer" Coribou have a reputation for doing this to Marines.
  • Burning with Anger: Sanji.
  • Butt Monkey: Usopp and Sanji at times.
    • When they were learning about dials, Luffy is told to speak into a tone dial to record his voice. What does Luffy say? "Usopp's an idiot!"
    • Sanji also tends to get the worst of things. His wanted poster picture is a hand drawn piece of crap, someone who looks JUST LIKE THE PICTURE tries to kill him because of it, not to mention getting blasted to an island of TRANSVESTITES — oh, and later he gets turned into one.
      • One Word, and a letter: Pirate A.
    • Mohmoo. Every appearance he's made on this show has resulted in some new trauma for him.
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