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Tropes for One Piece

  • Gag Boobs:
    • When Sanji's body-swapped in Nami's body he introduces "herself" by removing the coat, pushing both her breasts up with her hands and shouting "WE ARE NAMI SAAAAN!" at the top of her lungs.
    • Also with the giant-sized Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi, as Luffy actually steps and bounces on her gargantuan boobs mistaking them for some sort of pudding.
  • Gag Nose: Usopp. Also, Kaku, who has a long square nose.
    • And Buggy, who is so sensitive about his big red nose that if you say anything that sounds like "red" or "nose" is guaranteed to hit his Berserk Button.
  • Gambit Roulette: Sir Crocodile, Sengoku, and Blackbeard
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Tons of examples.
  • Game Changer: One Piece has a huge shake up to the Status Quo, right around the time-skip:
    • Whitebeard, World's Strongest Man and head of the most powerful pirate alliance, is dead, along with his 2nd division commander.
    • Blackbeard, in defiance of what is known about Devil's Fruit abilities, takes on a second one (Whitebeard's)!
    • Gecko Moria follows on the heels of Jimbei and Crocodile as newly-former Warlords of the Sea, let loose on the sea.
    • Sengoku retires as Fleet Admiral of the Marines, along with Garp.
    • Aokiji leaves the Marines, following a nasty spat with Akainu, who'd been appointed Fleet Admiral against Sengoku's advice.
    • Trafalgar Law and Buggy the Clown are now ranked among the Seven Warlords of the Sea.
    • "Lucy" grabbed the flame flame fruit, ate it, and revealed he was Luffy's older, thought-dead brother, Sabo. Who happens to be the revolutionary's second in command.
  • Gasshole: Franky's "Coup de Boo."
  • Gate Guardian: Oimo and Kashii initially start off as this during the Enies Lobby Arc against the protagonists before making a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Gayborhood: A whole island is this! The Kamabakka Kingdom, ruled by Emporio Ivankov.
  • Gender Bender: Emporio Ivankov can transform even the most manly of men into shapely women, and vice-versa, as well as himself.
    • And thanks to the wonders of the SBS, we now have ones for the Straw Hat crew, featuring cheery and mellowed out former men and absolutely psychotic and Ax-Crazy former women.
  • Gender Misdirection: Dadan was speculated to be a man, but eventually proved to be a woman. An ugly woman, but still a woman.
  • General Ripper: Akainu (when he was still known as Sakazuki) actually ordered his Buster Call warship to fire at an evacuee ship to remove the threat of any archaeologist escaping. Even Spandine, the man who ordered the Buster Call in the first place, was horrified by this. And he is Spandam's FATHER! Recent evidence shows he hasn't mellowed out one bit.
  • Generic Cuteness: Most of the attractive women look similar to each other. It wouldn't be a problem if one of them wasn't supposed to be the most beautiful of the world. It's hard to believe she earned her title when Nami is as cute as her but can't pull the "You'll forgive me because I'm cute" act.
    [Right after Nami crashed a boat in a moat] Nami: It was 100% my fault, but I'm cute so you'll forgive me, right?
    Usopp: I'll smack you!
  • Genocide from the Inside: Enel destroyed his homeland after getting his powers.
  • Genre Savvy: Pretty much everyone except Vivi when they start their trek across the desert, due to the fact that she constantly ignores telling the rest of the group about the dangers that lurk around.
    • Sentomaru in chapter 599. Upon hearing that the Straw Hat Pirates are at Sabaody (Technically, the report was of the impostors, but eh), he immediately plans to head there with two Pacifista, pointing out that they have obviously gotten much stronger since two years prior. Not that it helps.
    • Zoro and Nami in Whiskey Peak, where they were suspicious why the townspeople were so friendly and accommodating to pirates. They faked being drunk to see what the townspeople were really up to and their suspicions were right as every inhabitant of Whiskey Peak turned out to be bounty hunters for Baroque Works.
    • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Akainu marks Luffy of all people as the most dangerous individual at the battle of Marineford specifically due to his main character type characteristics.
  • Gentle Giant: Dory and Broggy from the Little Garden island. Really tall, but are actually really nice guys. Even though they fight to the death every so often with the result being a draw almost every time.
    • Perhaps even more so with Saul, who thought that the giants of Elbaf were all completely Ax-Crazy. Although, he was a marine.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Jimbe does this to Luffy when he's HeroicBSODing over Ace's death.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Several.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Completely averted. All being huge in this series means is that you're that much more obvious a target. Just ask Oars Jr. and pretty much the world's entire population of Sea Kings.
    • Conversely, Dorry and Broggy prove that a Badass is a Badass no matter what size they are.
    • Also, former Vice-Admiral Jaguar D. Saul earns some cred for taking an ungodly number of cannonballs to the face while barely flinching. It takes Aokiji (then known as Vice-Admiral Kuzan), a man who can create glaciers just by thinking about it, to finally take him down.
    • Somewhat less averted with the very largest Sea Kings, who are so large that most attacks would be like flea bites to them; this is why even after several hundred chapters of Sea Kings mostly being Worf Effect Fodder, Shirahoshi's ability to call Sea Kings to her aid still makes her a Person of Mass Destruction.
  • Giant Feet Of Stomping: In Chapter 635, Robin sprouts a pair of giant legs from the ground and proceeds to stomp all over anyone unlucky enough to be nearby.
  • Giant Mook: Done literally with the Marines, who have giants as enlisted officers and use them as mooks. Not that it helps.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Franky was rather pleased when Nami was searching Kalifa for the key.
  • Give Me a Sword: Happens during Zoro's fight with Hatchan.
  • A God Am I: Eneru pretty much invokes this.
  • God-Created Canon Foreigner: Eiichiro Oda himself is behind the story and character design of Movie 10 and has officially stated in the movie artbook that it is Canon for both the anime and the manga.
  • Godiva Hair: Boa Hancock had this kind of hair for plot related reasons.
  • Godly Sidestep: When the crew meet an old man who was on the one ship in recorded history to make it to the end of the Grand Line, Usopp asks him about One Piece. However, Luffy very angrily calls spoilers on him, saying he wouldn't like an adventure where he knew the outcome.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • This occurs in the Impel Down arc. By the time the arc is in full swing, two groups of people are on the attack while trying to break out of the prison and another group is trying to break in. With two of those groups containing people only Magellan himself is capable of stopping and one being a Zerg Rush, Magellan gambles and releases Shiryu, a former Warden that was put on death row due to being severely Ax-Crazy, thinking that Shiryu might stop some of the prisoners. This severely bites Magellan in the ass later, as Shiryu later saves Blackbeard from being poisoned and joins Blackbeard's crew, which leads to Magellan receiving a massive beating at their hands offscreen. It didn't even do anything to help stop the jailbreaks.
    • In the Fishman Island Arc, when Hordy Jones reveals more and more of who he is and what he plans to do, the citizens eventually turn to calling on Luffy to stop him. What makes this a Godzilla Threshold is that their resident soothsayer, who is never, ever wrong, predicted that Luffy would destroy all of Fishman Island, not to mention Luffy being an extremely notorious pirate. They still decided that they would be better off with him than Hordy.
    • Goes both ways for the Ancient Weapons. The World Government had originally banned their use for being too dangerous. By the time of the series, however, they've decided that the Age of Pirates is so bad that they need the weapons to end it. On the other side of the issue, Iceburg strongly believes that the weapons should never again be built, but hangs onto his copy of the Pluton blueprints so that if they ever are, the blueprints can be used to create a counter-force.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Twice during the Marineford arc, all manner of pirate captains from the New World come out to support Whitebeard and Ace. Then later, after Luffy unwittingly unleashes his Haki and stuns the heck out of even the most badasses there. All the pirates (including Whitebeard and even Crocodile of all people) focus on helping him get to the gallows to rescue Ace.
    • And yet again in chapter 602, when people from almost all the places the Straw Hats were training in for the past two years show up to keep the Marines from stopping their departure.
  • Gonk: Expect at least one in each major story arc after Skypiea. Thanks to this being frequently applied to background characters, Only Six Faces can be averted.
    • The Straw Hats get themselves an entire crew of imposters after the timeskip, and each and every one of them is a gonk.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Zoro, while firmly a protagonist, can be terrifying due to his reputation as a Pirate Hunter, occasionally sporting a Slasher Smile and delighting in the bloodlust of a good fight, frightening friend and foe alike. But he has a soft spot for his crewmates and is known to go out of his way to help strangers, including a little girl and an injured man.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Luffy generally appears as an oblivious but kind-hearted person. But he is quite capable of taking on enemies and even friends if he feels they are wrong.
    • Shanks and his crew are rather laid back but when Higuma and his bandits beat and threaten to kill Luffy, Lucky Rox quickly appears to shot a bandit on the head. Shanks even says he will tolerate being spit on, insulted and having drinks poured on him but he won't stand for anyone hurting his friends.
  • The Good King: King Nefertari Cobra and King Neptune.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Almost every character has at least one. An interesting case is Psycho for Hire Rob Lucci: his back bears a massive scar shaped like the emblem of the World Government (who are supposed to be the "good guys"), yet his story arc demonstrated that the opposite was true.
    • Gekko Moriah and Crocodile have scars bisecting their faces. Zoro's got a big honkin' scar right across his chest from his encounter with Mihawk, Shanks has a facial scar from fighting Blackbeard, and Luffy has a scar where he stabbed himself in the face to impress Shanks (Shanks was not amused).
    • Not quite a scar, but similar in nature and meaning is Chopper's broken antler. His right antler is broken off at the base and reattached with a strip of metal. He lost his horn fighting All of the Other Reindeer to get what he thought was a miracle cure to heal his mentor/father figure.
    • Zoro's accumulated several scars over his career. Along with the chest scar above, he has scars on each of his ankles from attempting to cut off his own feet, and also post-Time Skip has a scar over his left eye from an unknown source.
      • These are somewhat justified; they're pirates, after all.
  • Go Out with a Smile: All who carry the middle initial of D. Except for Blackbeard, who gets hysterical and begs for his life if it ever seems like his life is in any kind of danger.
    • Outside of the D's we also have Dr. Hiriluk.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Done various times for random pirates and marines dying and or being mortally wounded during anime adaptation of Marineford as Coby's haki started to manifest.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Viz's English translation heavily uses this. There's something jarring about Luffy screaming "DARN YOU!" after seeing Zoro get sliced by Mihawk.
    • Inverted with Funimation's English dub where the cursing ranges from occasionally to frequently (Even "shit" is used, albeit once in a blue moon).
    • Viz's manga is slowly beginning to avert this, as more recent releases of the anthology magazines have seen (as of the November 2010 issue) three uses of the word "damn" (by Luffy, Ivankov, and an unnamed prison mook) and one precise use of the word "bastard" by Crocodile, directed at Whitebeard.
  • Gosh Hornet: In the Jaya arc, the South Bird that Luffy and Chopper are chasing drops a beehive and a wasp's nest on them, one after the other.
  • The Government: In business for nearly eight hundred years, and behind at least two conspiracies, one involving the Blank Century, a period of 100 years of which no historical records exist, save in the form of Poneglyphs. Can you read Poneglyphs? Better hope not, because if they find out, they'll send an entire armada against you and bomb the shit out of you, the island you're on, and everyone who has ever existed within fifty yards of you at any point in your entire life.
  • Government Conspiracy: All information on the century preceding the World Government's rise to power has been erased, save for the ancient Poneglyphs. Any knowledge of these stones is forbidden under penalty of death. Past measures include levelling an entire island and placing a massive bounty on an eight-year-old girl. The Water 7 and Enies Lobby story arcs revolve around this conspiracy.
    • Lesser cover-ups include crediting Smoker for Crocodile's defeat, and ordering Kuma to eliminate all witnesses in Moria's case.
    • As of the current chapter, covering up the escapes of the most horrendous and brutal criminals held in Impel Down just to save face.
    • What about that secret giant bridge they're building by using criminals to connect islands?
      • The bridge builders are not really so much criminals as the produce of a slave farm that migrates down the bridge.
  • Grail in the Garbage: How Zoro acquired one of his swords, having found it in a bin of cheap swords. Of course, it sort of belonged there, considering it's cursed to cause horrible death for the wielder. Zoro gets it for free after proving that his mojo is stronger than the sword's.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Shakky, maybe Dr. Kureha, less than gorgeous but makes up for it by being 140 years old, or rather 140 years young. If you call her old bad things happen to you, because she isn't old.
    • 139! -kicks previous poster through a wall-
    • ...she's literally got the body of a 20-year-old, and certainly the vitality of one too, based on her capacity for violence, so I'd say she's definitely an example. Heck, even though her face DOES show her age somewhat, she still doesn't look a DAY over 90...
  • Gratuitous English: When Trafalgar Law activates his powers, he says "Room" followed by "Shambles". Justified in that his ability puts the 'room' in 'shambles'.
    • Zoro also happens to call Luffy "Captain" several times. But then again, he's voiced by Kazuya Nakai. Viewers are probably half expecting him to scream PUT YA GUNS ON!! any time.
    • Franky is also more likely to use English, particularly his "SUPER!" Catch Phrase.
    • Luffy and Usopp use English when calling their attacks after they've transformed into Gear Second or Sogeking. In fact, Luffy has nearly all of his special move names in English starting with Gomu Gomu No, Pistol, Machine Gun, Bazooka, etc. To the point that non-English names are actually notable exceptions, such as Fuusen (Japanese name for balloon).
    • More recently, Ivankov.
    • Though it should be noted that everyone is apparently speaking English anyway.
    • Several of the opening songs employ this trope.
    • The Baroques Works agents' codenames are in English (For example, Mr 3 is pronounced Mr Three as opposed to "san," the Japanese word for three)
      • Just realized that if Mr. Three had been rendered in japanese, he would have been called San-san. More on topic, the numbers incorporated into their outfits and character designs are the arabic numbers used in the west as opposed to Kanji. Similarly, MARINES is always written in romanji, but justice is always written in Kanji for some reason.
  • Gratuitous French: Sanji and Robin's attacks. Sanji's voice actor actually pulls off the French pretty well, with only some L/R issues.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Crocodile's technique, such us Desert Spada, Desert Girasole, and Ground Secco. He also uses Gratuitous Spanish and Gratuitous French.
  • Grave Robbing: That's how Dr. Hogback gets materials for crafting his marionettes.
  • Gravity Sucks: One of Blackbeard's abilities.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Lots All of the Devil Fruits seem to have no real upward limit on how they can be used, save for the user's imagination. It's specifically stated that Devil Fruit abilities never grow stronger with use; their users grow more creative.
    • A prime example is Luffy's Gear Second; who expected that being made out of rubber would let you manually pump your own bloodstream to speed up your body's systems? Or inflate your bones in order to make your punches more powerful?
    • Kuma's also a great example: He has the ability to push stuff. Big froopin doop, right? WRONG. Kuma's power lets him push damn near anything. Up to and including the abstract concept of pain. And he can control the speed of the push as well, meaning you might find you're being pushed across the room, or being pushed TO AN ISLAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD.
    • Haki seems to be going this way, too. The concept existed some time before the Amazon Lily arc, but it wasn't until then that most of its effects were explored: Cancelling Devil Fruit defenses, movement prediction, jacking the power of your weapons Up to Eleven, and good old fashioned knocking people out.
  • Groin Attack: Buggy is a victim in episode 8, Kalifa gives one to Sanji while his leg is raised to head level (chivalrously stopped short of her face of course), and when Franky's turn comes in the anime they do a quintuple take of it.
    • In episode 183, Luffy gets a giant gold staff to the nuts.
    • In the anime version of Thriller Bark, when Absalom assaulted Nami while she was bathing, she retaliated with a kick to Absalom's nuts.
  • Guns Akimbo: Used somewhat often, notable examples being Daddy Masterson and Braham. Doubled by Robin, who wields four pistols during the Water 7 arc.
  • Guns Are Worthless: Averted for firearms in and of themselves, as when their bullets connect they do cause damage. However most characters who get shot at can either withstand the injury, Dodge the Bullet, or are simply Immune to Bullets by virtue of their particular Devil Fruit power.
    • Played with in the case of Fisher Tiger, a massively powerful fishman who died after getting shot repeatedly. He withstands the bullet wounds themselves just fine, but eventually succumbs to blood loss.
  • Gut Punch: A literal and real life version happens when Akainu punches Ace with a fist full of magma and Ace dies in Luffy's arms.
  • Hailfire Peaks: The island of Punk Hazard in the New World. One half is boiling hot because it is inhabited by a dragon, the other half is apparently freezing cold. Justified because this was the island Akainu and Aokiji fought on to decide who would lead the Marines. Even two years after the battle, the island's weather is forever changed.
  • Hammered into the Ground: Happens to anyone who gets at the wrong end of Luffy's Gum-Gum Gavel attack.
    • Happened to Demalo Black after trying to intimidate Sentomaru by claiming he was Straw Hat Luffy. Sentomaru showed him the broad side of his axe.
  • Hammerspace: Done literally with a Whitebeard Pirate Division commander, who keeps one in his stomach.
    • Also done with Capone Bege, Captain of the Firetank Pirates and one of the 11 supernovas. He keeps most of his crew, as well as cannons, horses, and other weapons inside of his stomach, and after they reach a certain distance from his body, they grow to normal size.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Pretty much always happens, considering the series takes place in a World of Ham.
  • Hand Blast: This is the signature weapon of The Pacifista.
  • Handicapped Badass: Shanks, full stop.
    • Also Isshou/Fujitora. Despite being blind, the man is an Admiral, so you know he has some serious pwnage in him even if we haven't seen much of it yet.
  • Handsome Lech: Sanji, and probably Absalom before he became a Mix-and-Match Critter.
  • Hanging Judge: The judge of Enies Lobby's Kangaroo Court is Baskerville, who appears to be a three-headed man. The right head favors convictions, while the left head suggests declaring the defendant innocent. The center head prefers the 'compromise' of death sentences.
  • Hannyabal Lecture: "These prisoners belong in prison!"
  • Happy Dance: Chopper's got one he breaks into whenever someone compliments him (while trying to act angry about it).
  • Happy Rain: Once Crocodile is defeated, it starts to rain seemingly across the entire island. Pretty much everyone is happy about this.
  • Harmless Freezing: Semi-averted. After being frozen by Aokiji, great care is taken during the thawing processes of Luffy and Robin to avoid shattering through thermal expansion, and they are out of commission for a while after being defrosted. Not completely realistic, but better than most cases.
    • Played straight with the Impel Down escapees who were frozen and then instantly thawed via magma.
  • He's Back: Luffy regains his confidence when Jinbe reminds him that even though he lost his foster brother, he still has his crew.
    • After two years since the Whitebeard War, the Straw Hat Pirates have made a triumphant return and are on their way to the New World.
  • He Knows Too Much: As a child, Ace and his friend Sabo try to pull this on Luffy. They drop the idea when they realize neither of them has actually killed before.
    • Played frighteningly straight, when during the phone-call between Professor Clover and the Five Elder Stars, he reveals the knowledge from the research the World Government tried to suppress on the Void Century, and is ordered to be shot before he finishes, and the island of Ohara where he and his fellow researchers reside to be a target for the Buster Call, and wiped out.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Given some of the strange Devil Fruit powers, this comes up often.
    • Special mention goes to Wanze, a bucktoothed Gonk who isn't a Devil Fruit Eater. He fights using uncooked ramen, and remains the only antagonist in the entire series that has forced Sanji to use his hands in combat.
    • Say what you want, but Kaku LIKES Giraffes!
  • Heavy Sleeper: Luffy; Ace; Zoro; Garp
  • Heavy Voice: Usopp after he gains weight on the Bowin Islands
  • Heel-Face Turn: TONS. Not all of them go so far as to join the winning team, but they do reform to some degree (Buggy) or at least stop being being evil (CP9). Robin, Franky, Hatchan, Duval, Boa Hancock and her sisters, Mr. 2, Helmeppo, Paulie, Brownbeard, Perona are among the more notable examples, but there's still many more, major or minor. Hell, even Nami and Vivi (The latter even being an Arc Villain) were briefly antagonists, until it was revealed they were actually Good All Along.
  • Hero Antagonist: Well, the protagonists are pirates, so at some least some of the people after them aren't just in it for the hyper-corrupt government. Good examples at this point are Smoker, Tashigi, Aokiji, T-Bone, Garp, Coby, Helmeppo, and some others. Though it is occasionally a point of contention, the staff of Impel Down have a strong case going for them as well, Hannyabal in particular.
    • Magellan may be in charge of LITERAL hell on earth Impel Down, but he's not sadistic, he doesn't enjoy fighting, and he doesn't actively try to mess with the prisoners. He also tends to go easy on people who (foolishly) oppose him, and he could destroy Impel Down and everyone in it by himself if he wanted to.
  • Heroic BSOD: Luffy when Ace dies, he has to be carried catatonic from the battlefield.
  • Heroic RROD: Gear Second puts much strain on Luffy, though he has been using it in short bursts without much trouble recently.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pell.
    • Zoro in Thriller Bark, when he agrees to die instead of Luffy and Kuma transfers all of Luffy's pain and fatigue to his body.
    • The jailbreak of Impel Down succeeded only because Mr. 2 stayed behind.
    • Ace saving Luffy.
    • Mocha from Punk Hazard, keeping her crazed friends from the so-called "candy" in a way that nearly kills her.
  • Heroic Spirit: Luffy has shown moments of this time and again, most recently when he was badly poisoned by Magellan.
  • Hero of Another Story: The Eleven Supernovas are portrayed like this. They are made up eleven people, from nine different pirate crews, whose bounties exceed 100,000,000 - including Luffy and Zoro - who all reached the halfway point of the Grand Line at roughly the same time. All of the other crews can be assumed to have had just as crazy adventures as the Straw Hats to get that far through the Grand Line. For example, Luffy finds it weird that a member of Trafalgar Law's crew is a man-sized talking koala, seemingly without realizing that his own doctor is a transforming reindeer, the only difference is that we were given context for Chopper's existance.
    • Of course, "hero" is a bit of a stretch for most of the supernovas, but then again, Luffy denies being a hero himself...
  • Hero Killer: "Wet Hair" Caribou and "Blood Splatterer" Coribou got their high bounties by murdering Marines.
    • Akainu is the first villain to kill a major character within the timeline, which is Ace.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Zoro and Luffy; Jango and Fullbody; Johnny and Yosaku; Coby and Helmeppo.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: A lot of the Marines (Especially Akainu), and even the World Government in general, claim to wish to uphold peace, but they go so fucking far that it actually makes them as bad as the pirates they're trying to kill, if not worse (See the second aversion of Infant Immortality below).
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The mysterious Dadan went for nearly 600 chapters before being revealed in full. Dr. Vegapunk still falls under this trope, though it's probably just a matter of time.
  • High Fantasy
  • High-Pressure Blood: Mainly centered around Zoro. It got especially ridiculous during his fight with Mr. 1.
    • After the timeskip, Sanji gained this for comedic effects.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Among other things, Luffy's grandpa Garp, threw him into the wild woods and once tied him to so many balloons that Luffy floated up into the sky. Upon hearing this, the rest of the crew suddenly understand where Luffy gets his will to live from.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Usopp uses these tactics as standard procedure.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: It's a minor example, but during the Enies Lobby arc, Franky hits Spandam with his own elephant.
    • More traditionally, Dr. Hogback was flattened by zombie! Oars, who was his creation.
  • Holding Hands: Robin does this after meeting her mother for the first time, despite Ohara going up in flames.
    Robin: I've wanted to do this for a long time.
    • Also, Fisher Tiger and the human girl Koala, despite his attempts to swat her hand away. It spokes volumes that he let her hold his hand when he had been enslaved by humans and also, how relations between fishmen and humans are terrible (putting it lightly).
  • Hollywood Evolution: The crux of Shiki's plan to take over the world.
  • Hollywood Healing: Bandaids heal everything... sort of.
    • Subverted when Zoro's bandages were taken off after it was believed he healed from the time when he took in all Luffy's pain and fatigue from fighting Oars and Moria into himself. However, when the Straw Hats were fighting a Bartholomew Kuma copy, the pain returned with a vengeance, and took even more punishment from Admiral Kizaru.
    • Averted horrifically when Arlong rips off Zoro's torso bandages to reveal the gaping, bleeding, very poorly stitched wound inflicted by Mihawk. Also in several other cases where band-aids only hide a wound that requires proper medical attention, such as the anime-only Puzzle.
      Chopper: This is going to be your new rectum.
    • Lampshaded in the aftermath of the Alabasta Arc. Zoro removes his casts and bandages in order to train. When Chopper scolds him, Zoro complains that they prevent him from moving around.
  • Hollywood Magnetism: It may have an aversion in the person of Eustace Kidd, who has magnetism powers; the main way he uses them is magnetizing multiple objects together in chains (like you can do at home with paper clips) to give himself Combat Tentacles. It's played straight when he uses his power to wrest guns from peoples hands.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Basil Hawkins
  • Home Field Advantage: Crocodile puts his sand powers to best use in the desert of Alabasta. The desert is also where he is least likely to encounter his Kryptonite Factor, water.
  • Honor Before Reason: Sanji is completely unwilling to hit a female for any reason whatsoever. While originally, this may have counted as a mere personality quirk, it became a serious issue at Enies Lobby where Kalifa nearly killed him because he was unwilling to fight back.
    • Sanji and Zeff also have a soft spot for the hungry. In their introductory arc, they fed Don Krieg and his crew despite the fact that they knew he would stab them in the back the moment he was full.
    • At one point, when one of Shanks' crew wants to take revenge on Whitebeard for insulting him, Shanks tells him that his life is more important than honor.
      • Played with Whitebeard. When Shanks tells him that Ace isn't ready to fight Blackbeard, he laughs at him and tells him that Blackbeard's crimes are unforgivable, and that he has to be shown that you can't live on the sea without morals. However it's later revealed that Whitebeard had a bad feeling about Teach, and discouraged Ace from going after him, even if his code dictates it. He was just covering for Ace. When Ace is captured, Whitebeard is perfectly willing to go against the entire World Government to bring him back, but he's very strategical, and scolds his sons whenever they rush in without thinking it through.
    • Also Luffy himself. No matter how much he needs to beat an opponent or how little he respects them, he'll never hit them while they're down. Another instance is against Lucci; he refuses Franky's help to fight Lucci on the grounds that he's his opponent and refuses to leave the fight even when his friends might drown. Justified since Lucci would've killed his friends if he left the fight.
  • Homage: Van Auger is way too similar to Adolphus from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
  • Hook Hand: Crocodile.
  • Hope Spot: Cruelly, cruelly used in the Marineford arc. Luffy finally reaches Ace, after nearly a hundred chapters of getting dragged through hell and back. Mr. 3 conveniently appears to help him free his brother and the two briefly fight alongside each other in one of the most awesome scenes yet. And then, not ten chapters later, Oda manages to break the fandom's heart.
  • Horned Humanoid: Chopper.
  • Hostile Weather: Becomes a plot point in Water Seven, where upcoming Agua Laguna interferes with a rescue operation.
    • Pretty much all of the Grandline, not to speak of the New World, feature weather phenomena that sink entire fleets if the navigator isn't skilled enough to evade them.
  • Hot-Blooded: During Luffy's "Gear Second" transformation, due to the fact that he's using his powers to pump his blood at an accelerated rate, he's literally running on hot blood.
  • Hot Fishman On Giant Action: Played straight, subverted, then played straight again. There are people called "Wotans", a hybrid race of Fishmen and Giants. While Fishmen are generally taller then humans, Giants are dozens of feet tall, which brings up a interesting question of how that works, playing this straight. Until later with the discovery of a 'giant smelt-whiting mermaid' which is, as the name suggests, possibly as big as a whale herself, giving the option that Fishman/Mermaids/Merman are not all the same size. It is then played straight again with her admirer, a human sized Fishman, who wants to marry her.
    • And then, of course, we have Queen Otohime, human sized, and her husband, the giant King Neptune. At least only one of the children is a giant, right?
  • How Do I Shot Web?: When Kaku first uses his Devil Fruit, [he accidentally changes into a full giraffe instead of a half-giraffe as intended. After that, however, he gets the hang of the applications of his new power surprisingly quickly.
    • Nami's first fight with the Clima Tact was this trope non-stop. It doesn't help that she was trying to read the instruction manual while under fire... and that about two thirds of the functions of the weapon were party gags. Dammit Usopp.
    • This applies often to most of the Devil Fruits. The average person who has absolutely no idea what their fruit even does unless they've either read a restricted access catalogue or been outright told. Even then, you'd have no idea how to activate it until you experiment. Brook's power only activated after he died, meaning he could've started off simply knowing he couldn't swim (although a pre-death discussion clarified that he did know exactly what his power was). Whitebeard's recently revealed power to make earthquakes involves punching the air as if it were a glass window. Can you honestly say you'd figure that one out without being told?
  • Huge Girl Tiny Guy: The chapter cover of 632 shows that Miss Monday and Mister Nine somehow got together after Baroque was disbanded. They even have a kid!
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Taken to extremes with Fishman Island's king and late queen. The king, Neptune, is a colossal merman, only dwarfed by Giants. Meanwhile, his queen, Otohime, was a goldfish mermaid about the same size as a human woman, or a bit smaller. Oh, and their daughter took after her father, being at least 5 times Otohime's size at age four. Try not to think about it too much, for your own good.
    • In the case of Fish/Mermen though, it's justified as all sorts of different species can come from a couple, Mermen or Fishmen. And example would be that having an octopus Mermaid give birth to a shark Fishman wouldn't cause anyone to bat an eye.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Pretty much the view of a lot of Fishmen and probably some Merfolk. But given what they used to do them, and in some areas still do, it's not hard to see why they would see them that way. In a show of Fantastic Racism, Fisher Tiger climbed the Red Line and set fire to the city of Marejois in the name of all Fishmen, after freeing all the slaves, including the human ones, even though he hated humans. On the flip side, there are Fishmen like Arlong, who let their hatred of humans who have oppressed them warp them into monsters on an equal level.
    • Tony Tony Chopper also initially distrusted humans, and he subconsciously makes up for his growing trust for them when they compliment him by dancing and insulting them.
      • Although not quite humans (I think), the same went for Skypeians, removing the Shandians from their own land. This inspired Wiper to conclude All Skypeians Are Bastards.
  • Human Doorstop: In the fight against Mihawk, Luffy grabs a conveniently standing around Buggy and uses him as a shield... Buggy subsequently gets cut up into several little pieces. Good thing that's Buggy's power.
  • Human Popsicle: Little Garden arc, when Mr. 3 tried to lock Vivi, Nami, and Zoro in wax.
  • Human Resources: Gekko Moriah cuts off your shadow, and powers his zombies with them.
  • Humongous Mecha: The new Soldier Dock weapons 4 and 5 combine to form "IRON PIRATES... GENERAL FRANKY!!!"
  • Hurricane of Puns: Many of the attack techniques are based on puns. One good example is Violet's Mekujira, which takes the form of giant whales made of tears. "Mekujira" is Japanese for the corner of the eye, though the specific kanji reads as "Tear Whale", hence the pun and the form of the attack.
  • The Hyena: Hamburg; Miss Valentine
    • Also Bellamy, whose Red Baron title was "The Hyena".
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Franky and Don Krieg. With the former, Heaven knows where he finds the space for all that weaponry...
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Usopp uses one twice. The first time was against Mr. 4, where it was revealed that the four ton mallet was actually made of papaer. The second time was against Perona where he used his power of suggestion to make it seem like it was heavier than it really was.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • When Buggy reveals his splitting power, Luffy calls him a freak.
      • Cheerfully lampshaded by the show momentarily pausing while a stamp is struck on the screen that reads: "Rubber Man —>"
    • Also in chapter 438, Zoro lectures the crew about respecting Luffy while he was yanking on Luffy's mouth.
    • Absalom calling Sanji a pervert. Immediately lampshaded by both Sanji and two zombie henchmen.
    • In chapter 655 upon entering Punk Hazard Usopp yells at Luffy, Zoro, and Robin for picking a fight with the World Government. Who was that again who shot down the WG's flag in Enies Lobby?
    • Later on in the same arc, Smoker gets on Trafalgar Law's case about trespassing on an island barred even the Marines. As Law points, out, Smoker is himself doing that right now.
  • Hypno Fool: Jango.
    • Luffy, too. He managed to get hypnotised when Jango was miles away from him and had his back to him.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Being pirates, the Straw Hats do this several times.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: When Luffy and Blueno duke it out, Luffy reveals that he has come up with a new way of using his gomu-gomu ability. He proceeds to kick Blueno's ass with it.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Tony Tony Chopper is occasionally mistaken for a tanuki, or in his Heavy Point, a yeti or gorilla.
  • I Am Your Opponent: This is a shonen series, so this is obviously used a lot. Notably, it's one of the only 'rules' of fighting that Luffy really gives a shit about.
  • I Can Rebuild Myself: This is basically what happened to Franky. After a nearly fatal accident when he tried to stop a train, he transformed himself into a cyborg that runs on cola.
    • Most recently, he did it again after he was caught in an explosion that blew off most of his skin. Utilizing the technology he found in Dr. Vegapunk's lab, he upgraded himself into a bigger, stronger form.
  • I Can Still Fight: Has increased in frequency as the enemies get stronger and more capable of doing permanent damage. The first notable example might be Aokiji, who Luffy continued to fight despite his limbs being frozen solid. Most of these cases has been justifiable thanks to the urgency of the situation — either they beat the enemy, or the enemy kills them.
    • Deconstructed in Zoro's case. In the beginning, his miraculous ability to recover from the most hideous injuries seemed to be a case of Hollywood Healing. Not until he'd essentially been brought back from the brink of death does he show any signs of pain, and still keeps on fighting as if nothing had happened. Finally, he keels over at the worst possible moment, defenseless. He's so injured that he has to be carried from the battle, and still insists that he can fight. It's painful to watch.
  • I Can't Do This by Myself: Monkey D. Luffy gets an entire speech dedicated to the fact he can't survive without his True Companions. A recent arc also had Luffy alone making several off-hand comments wishing his crew was present to do what he could not.
    Luffy: I don't know how to use a sword, Shark Face!!! I don't know how to navigate either!!! I can't cook!! And I can't tell lies!!
    Usopp: Hey.
    Luffy: I know I can't live without help from a lot of people!!!
    Arlong: Shah ha ha ha ha ha ha... what a clever boy you are to admit your own helplessness!!! What a burden it must be for your crew to have such an idiot for a captain. I don't know why they fought so desperately to save you. You lack the slightest shred of dignity or ability! What gives you the right to be the captain of a ship!!? Just what can you do!!?
    Luffy: I can beat you.
  • Icarus Allusion: Parodied when the giant squid Daidalos flew too close to the sun and turned into surume (dried squid), traumatizing his friend Ikaros.
  • An Ice Person: Aokiji turns into living ice. Freezes stuff. And makes Incredibly Lame Puns about it.
  • Identical Stranger: Tashigi apparently looks like how Kuina would have looked like if she hadn't died. When Zoro first sees her, he doesn't take it well.
  • Identity Concealment Disposal: Garp, Franky and Sakazuki's faces were hidden by a dog mask, a festival mask and a cap respectively. Franky's mask is somewhat justifiable, but Garp's mask has no in-universe explanation besides his regular randomness and he never uses it again after he reveals his face.
  • Idiot Hair: Lulu, one of the Galley-la foremen, generally has a straight "spike" of hair sticking out of his head at a random direction. When he tries to push it down, it just pops back up again somewhere else, and can get extra-ridiculous when it sticks out of his mustache or the back of his hand, and it eventually spreads to other people.
    • Marguerite is a more typical example, with a few stray unruly strands of hair.
    • After his upgrade, Franky can grow his hair in any style he wants.
  • Idiot Hero: Luffy
  • Ignored Enemy:
    • Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine got this in the duel between Luffy and Zoro.
    • This becomes comic when Monster Chopper was rampaging through the Tower Of Justice, as Nami tries to talk some sense into him, completely ignoring CP9 agent Kalifa, which annoyed her, and eventually prompted her to attack Chopper, and later Nami.
    • In the Corrida Coliseum round 1c, Luffy and Don Chinjao ignore Don Chinjao's grandson Sai and the boxer Ideo as they charge at each other. Luffy and his foe even, respectively, knock them out of the of the tournament for simply being in Luffy and his foe's way as move to attack each other.
  • I Have No Son: Inverted with Ace and Roger.
    • And played straight with Whitebeard towards Blackbeard.
  • I Knew It: It was speculated among the fandom for many years that Ace and Luffy were not blood related, despite a remarkable physical resemblance and matching personality traits. Eventually, this was confirmed, but then the Wham Episode came when Oda revealed who Ace's actual blood family was.
  • I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Ivankov vs. Kuma. Subverted, because he isn't.
  • I Let You Win: Garp's "fight" against Luffy can be seen as this.
  • I Like Those Odds:
    Marines: Hey, Straw Hat Luffy... how many dozens of your cohorts did you bring? Ha ha ha. There are 10,000 soldiers on Enies Lobby!
    Luffy: Yeah... I'm by myself. Get out of my way!
  • Ill Girl: Kaya.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Subverted with Wapol, as he used his eating ability to fuse his subordinates, Chess and Marimo, together by eating them, but they came out of a door on his stomach in their fused form, Chessmarimo. Still didn't stop Luffy from shouting "CANNIBAL!!!" though.
    • Played horrifyingly straight with Big Mam, who ate one of her own subordinates as he screamed in agony, for no reason either.
  • Imagine Spotting: Done in the Thriller Bark Arc by Robin, after Franky's second proposal to use Tactics 15. She swore she would never do such a thing, and Sanji agreed with her, until he imagined what her helping Tactics 15 would entail (namely being held upside down with the miniskirt she was wearing at the time). Robin saw into his fantasy and gave him a truly frightful glare in response.
    • In Punk Hazard, it was Robin's Imagine Spot and Usopp doing the spotting. She, Usopp, Luffy, and Zoro were trying to get across the island's middle lake, and Robin imagined Usopp and Zoro serving as living boats for the two Devil Fruit users, which Usopp called her out on.
  • Impact Silhouette: Done by Sanji to Kuroobi during their fight.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Both Luffy and Robin get this from Crocodile in the Alabasta Arc.
    • Whitebeard gets this from one of his captain allies, with a BFS, no less.
    • Now ACE has been impaled by Admiral Akainu. With his fist.
  • Implacable Man: Magellan, the prison warden of Impel Down.
    • Don't ever let Admiral Akainu think you are a threat to justice.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: While most of the women have always been shapely, the progressing art style is letting this get out of hand. Almost all pubescent or post-pubescent women have massive breasts and hips, but no waistlines or visible musculature. Nami alone should be toppling over with her odd proportions.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: The duds the Straw Hats wear in the Unlimited video games. They're pretty insane.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Wapol got kicked out of his kingdom by an old woman doctor. He comes back and all he had to his name was two servants and a hippo that he rides on.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Usopp, Yasopp and Van Auger.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Sanji — cue jokes about the "burning sensation" in his feet.
    Sanji: I'm so pissed off I could explode!
    Random Zombie: (incredulous) He already did!
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Of a sort. When it comes to women crying, Sanji will believe the woman no matter what else has happened. When dealing with Assassin Violet on Dressrossa, he continues to believe in her even after she led him into a trap, beat the crud out of him, and could see through his lies with a Devil Fruit power. And all she saw was his honest and true concern for her well being.
  • Incredibly Conspicuous Drag: All the crossdressers are incredibly ugly and clearly don't shave, though they still behave much like women. The only exception so far is Izou: The only thing that gives away his sex is his lack of a cleavage.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Brook with what he calls "skull jokes". For instance: "I can't believe my eyes, but then... I DON'T HAVE EYES!!!"
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: There have been a few over the course of the series, but Foxy the Silver Fox is probably the best example, especially in the anime.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Oda has this down to a fine art. The perfect visualization of this trope is one of his signatures.
  • Infant Immortality:
    • Averted with Sabo. Later confirmed by Word of God.
    • Another aversion taken to frightening levels was orchestrated by the World Government. They ordered every infant, including yet unborn ones, that could in any way be related to Roger, to be killed upon sight — along with the mother and anyone related to her.
  • Info Drop: It thrives on this. Often tidbits mentioned in passing are revealed to have enormous significance. Eiichiro Oda's usual ploy is to have something relevant to the current arc, only to expand upon it at a later time. Continuity Porn contains one of the most major examples of this.
  • Inner Monologue Conversation: During the Arlong Park battles, Nojiko and Genzou have such a conversation while underwater and trying to rescue Luffy.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The otherwise standalone Skypeia arc sets us up for the Straw Hats getting the Thousand Sunny and features the first undeniable on-screen use of Haki.
  • Insane Troll Logic: CP9's justification for the amount of collateral damage they were willing to inflict to capture Robin. Okay, Robin knows how to read Poneglyphs, indestructible records of the time before the World Government, information they are willing to destroy entire nations with the feared "Buster Call" to suppress, supposedly because the Precursors left behind plans on how to build superweapons, but the government kills people just for trying to name that civilization. Because they are willing to use a Buster Call on her, she's a threat to everyone around her, so it's perfectly okay to murder innocent people to capture her, because otherwise they'd have to use a Buster Call... Umm... it's like saying Agent Mulder "might" learn Things Man Was Not Meant to Know, so we have to Nuke 'em if we find him but can't catch him, so it's okay to fire wildly into a crowd of people to kill him, because we'd have to nuke the city anyway. The point where the reader figures out that the World Government is evil.
    • They launched the Buster Call because the agents handling the Ohara-Robin situation were either idiots or assholes . The World Government know that she didn't present a danger to the public at large (at least until she started joining dodgy organizations and pirates), but could possibly threaten the legitimacy of their authority. They couldn't tolerate that, so they spread propaganda about her and the island she originated from to justify their actions (like wiping out the island). If it helped, their tactics usually were to have Men In Black tail her, or wait for the Gullible Lemmings to tip them off of seeing her.
    • Later, at some point during the Paramount War, a massive breakout occurred other than one caused by Luffy, as a result of Blackbeard's actions, and several Level 6 prisoners escaped: Just one of them can present a national threat, so Sengoku orders that the information about who escaped be retrieved to issue out bounties, only to be told that the World Government have decided to keep this a secret, so that the citizens of the world don't lose faith in them in such a delicate time...except that there are dangerous criminals running around in the open as Sengoku hears this, and could literally be anywhere, meaning no-one in the world is safe. We don't even know the number of prisoners who broke out. So the authorities are told not to handle a serious situation by the government because then they look inept, until one of them does something (and it'll be something big from the sounds of it)...after then they already look inept. Sengoku after hearing this absurd decision almost immediately quits.
  • Inspirational Insult: In the first chapter of One Piece, Shanks gives a young Luffy a good-natured jab about how Luffy will never succeed as a pirate, which prompts Luffy to declare that we will succeed and be a better pirate than Shanks. Shanks gives his hat to Luffy in encouragement after that.
  • Instant Armor: Mr. 3 can create a giant suit of armor using his Wax-Wax powers that he calls Candle Champion.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: Made out of wax rather than metal, but it's the thought that counts.
    • Or, in one case, out of noodles.
    • There's an actual mecha made of metal, the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun. No prizes for guessing who made it.
  • Instant Dogend: Chain-smoking Sanji.
  • Instant Flight, Just Add Spinning: Miss Valentine's Kilo Kilo Fruit power allows her to make her body lighter. While being light, she can spin her umbrella to fly.
    • Buffalo of Donquixote Pirates uses Spin Spin Fruit power to spin things on his body, allowing him to fly. He notably spins his odd dreadlock hair and the juttings on his shoes to make himself a biplane.
  • Instant Ice, Just Add Cold: (former) Admiral Aokiji is a big offender. Though somewhat justified in-story, since his ability is not freezing but creating limitless amount of ice from Hammer Space.
  • Instant Knots: Pauli from Water 7.
  • Instant Waking Skills: Zoro seems to possess this.
  • Instrument of Murder: The chancellor of Alabasta's saxophone.
    • The pirate Scratchmen Apoo is an instrument of murder. No, he doesn't use an instrument of murder, he is one.
  • Intangible Man: With the exception of Blackbeard, any Logia Fruit user can become this to avoid attack. You can't physically attack them without either exploiting a specific weakness, possessing Seastone, or being able to use Color of Armaments Haki.
  • Interacting with Shadow: Gekko Moria ate the Shadow Shadow Fruit (Kage Kage no mi), allowing him to manipulate shadows. Amongst various tricks he can remove the shadows of people, make pacts with them and put them in another body (dead or living). Though shadows can't talk, they're shown understanding Moria's words.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: The Straw Hats all have a variety of ages. The original five (Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp and Sanji) are between 17-19 pre-timeskip. Then Chopper (15), Robin (28), Franky (34) and Brook (88) joined.
  • Internal Reveal: When the Straw Hats were brought to the Sabaody Archipelago, they were in search of a man who could prep their ship for Fishman island. Then the readers were told that this person was the Pirate King's Number Two, which made fans eagerly await his inevitable meeting with Luffy.
  • In the Blood: The World Government is a major believer in this. Whitebeard ignores it completely.
  • Intrinsic Vow: Subverted with Luffy, who can’t overcome any sort of hypnosis even when his precious True Companions are in life-threatening danger.
  • Inverse Law of Complexity to Power: The Devil Fruits.
  • Invisibility: Absalom
  • Invisible Jerkass: Absalom again.
  • Involuntary Group Split: The party was forcibly split twice during the Skypeia arc - once by a giant crab, then, a few chapters after reuniting, again by a giant snake. It arguably happened again in Thriller Bark (though the party split on its own, the metaphorical falling rocks prevented the two teams from reuniting), and the grand-daddy of all party splits happened at the start of the next arc, courtesy of Bartholomew Kuma, and lasted a grand total of two years in-universe. Of course, the very day the party got back together, they were split (into larger groups, at least) by powerful ocean currents.
  • Ironic Echo: When Blackbeard reveals the Power Nullifier aspect of his Devil Fruit powers, he states that all of the overconfident fruit users of the world will be powerless against him. He later tries this against Whitebeard, and promptly gets a chunk gouged out his shoulder for his trouble. Whitebeard then notes that Teach is too reliant on his Devil Fruit Power.
    • In the anime at least, when Marco blocked Kizaru's first attack, he claimed it hurt, to which Kizaru responded, "Don't lie." After that when Kizaru blocked Marco's attack, Kizaru remarked that it was painful, causing Marco to respond, "Don't lie."
  • Irrational Hatred : The leaders of the New Fish-Man Pirates hate humans for years of Fantastic Racism, but apparently never experienced any of it for themselves. Their hatred stems from the negative environment they grew up in, and have no personal grudge against mankind. It's described as a 'grudge without substance.
  • Ironic Hell: Sanji in Kamabakka Kingdom, the "kingdom of transvestites".
  • Irrevocable Order: Spandam is given the normally admiral-only privilege of initiating a Buster Call, where ten large battleships led by five vice-admirals arrive at a location and bombard the place with explosive cannonballs until the place has been leveled and no survivors remain. Spandam accidentally signals the Buster Call to the island where he lives and works, and no command exists to rescind it. From then on, the Straw Hat Pirates' main objective shifts from defeating Spandam to holding up against the Marines and getting off the island.
  • Is It Always Like This?: After Robin joined the crew, this is the first thing she asked Nami after seeing how lively everyone usually is.
  • Island Of Mystery: Features several such islands as settings. There is the dinosaur inhabited Little Garden, the horror themed Thriller Bark with all its zombies, the sky island Skypiea which has xenophobic Native American inspired warriors and corrupt religious zealots, and many other such islands.
  • It Amused Me: In the One Piece world, the more powerful you are, the more liable you are to do impossible (and sometimes downright immoral) and/or pointless things for kicks. Take Mihawk for example, who hunted down the last ship of an entire fleet that he decimated for disturbing his nap, just to kill time.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Oda usually gives ridiculous answers to questions about how things work, usually as a joke and an added reason of avoiding the question.
    • Like Zoro being able to talk with a sword in his mouth because his heart allows him to...
    • Or Sanji's Diable Jambe not burning his leg because his heart is burning even hotter...
    • Brook's afro survived after his death because it has deep roots...
    • Nami's punches hurt Luffy's spirit...
    • Franky's body is powered by cola...
    • How did T-Bone survive his encounter with Zoro? It just happened. It just happened in a manly way.
    • The coats that the marines wear — the ones bear the word "Justice" on their backs — are worn only on the shoulders as capes, not tied down or anything. They always stay in place because in the marines' minds, justice never falls.
  • It's Personal: "White Horse" Cavendish has a deep personal grudge against Luffy and those who fought in Whitebeard's Summit War for taking the newspaper's attention away from him. Even Luffy realizes this isn't the best reason to hate someone.
    Luffy: That's called unjustified resentment.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Flashbacks apply this to Whitebeard, before, you know, it was replaced by sheer badassery.
    • The OAV of Chapter 0 shows that Rayleigh was also quite handsome.
    • You would have never guessed, but Kokoro used to be HOT (WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS) when she was younger. Yes, this Kokoro.
  • I Will Wait for You: Laboon to the Rumbar pirates when they left him.
  • I Would Say If I Could Say: A lot of Brook's jokes revolve around him doing or saying he'll do stuff, then note that he can't because he's a skeleton (even though he still can but...)
  • Invented Invalid: Whenever Vice Admiral Vergo is going away, he claims it as "visiting his sick little sister". What he actually does is meeting his boss Doflamingo and/or his associates.
  • The Jailbait Wait: Subverted when Van Der Decken decides he wants to marry Princess Shirahoshi because she can control sea monsters. He has no interest in marrying a six-year-old, but decides that after marrying her, he can use a magical artifact her family supposedly possesses to age her up to his preferred level, in a weird high-speed sort of Wife Husbandry.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Some hinted at, others outright stated, some of the Straw Hats' enemies (Crocodile and Moria for example) were once just as optimistic and ernest in their goals just like Luffy, but a great deal of hardship through the Grand Line and New World turned them bitterly cynical.
    • In fact, Luffy himself could have been sporting his own specs after Ace's death had it not been for Jinbei.
  • Japanese Spirit: One Piece has this in spades. Despite the complicated Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors the series mechanic sports, all that it manages to do is better highlight the spirit of the protagonists when they win. In fact, Luffy's Conqueror Haki specifically allows him to defeat anyone whose spirit is not as high as his own.
  • Jaw Drop: Constantly.
  • Jerkass Façade: A lot of women in One Piece, including Nami, Nico Robin, Doctor Kureha, and Boa Hancock.
    • "Red Leg" Zeff does this to his cooks, including Sanji.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Oda seems to love this trope.
    • Zoro often acts distant and somewhat insensitive, even towards his crew sometimes. But he has plenty of Pet the Dog moments with Luffy and particularly with Chopper who he harbours a Big Brother Instinct towards. Despite distrusting Robin when she first joined, he immediately caught her after Eneru attacked her. He was also willing to give up his life to save Luffy. And knocked out Sanji when the cook tried to sacrifice himself instead.
    • Nami has moments where she is greedy and manipulative when it comes to money, even after being freed from her debt with Arlong. However thanks to Character Development, she was willing to give part of her wealth to Rolling Lola who had helped her out earlier, forgave a former member of the gang who had terrorized her village and tried to help said member buy back a kidnapped mermaid friend with the money the crew had earlier collected.
    • Curly Dadan, Ace and Luffy's foster mother. She constantly complains how her wards were a nuisance and can treat them quite harshly, but she is very protective of them. And she bursts out into tears both times when Ace and Luffy set out to become pirates and they tell her that they owe her and like her. While cursing and calling them bastards. This is proven further when she attacks Garp with extreme rage for letting Ace get killed and Luffy traumatized, then calls him out that he apparently thinks his duty is more important to him than his own family.
    • Sanji isn't shy about being rude and insulting towards the other male members of the crew, especially Zoro, but on many occasions, he is willing to go far for them despite claiming he only cares about women. One particular scene was him telling Usopp who had then left the crew out of fear the crew will leave him because he was so weak that "There are certain things I can do that you can't. Just like there are certain things YOU can do that I can't!" and after Usopp successfully snipes a group of Marines targeting Robin, it was Sanji that yelled out "LOOK! OUR SHARPSHOOTER RULES!"
  • Jesus Taboo:
    • Eneru ran into this problem. In the televised Funimation dub, he was called King instead of God, while Viz went the Dragon Ball route and simply used the untranslated equivalent Kami instead, though they also still occasionally refer to him in a more neutral sense as a god.
    • Played straight with Jesus Burgess being changed to G. Zass Burgess in the FUNimation dub.
    • Averted in both cases by the FUNimation DVD dub, however.
  • Joker Jury: The Eleven Just Jurymen, made up of condemned criminals who vote guilty to take as many others down with them as they can.
  • Justice Will Prevail: The Marines are firm believers. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them are either of the Knight Templar mindset or just terribly misguided. In one memorable moment towards the end of the Battle of Marineford, the marines undergo a mass Heroic BSOD when faced with the Blackbeard Pirates' immense power. They are snapped out of it by the fleet admiral's Rousing Speech about how they must win because justice must never fall — inspiring a number of troops to pursue the retreating survivors of a separate band of pirates that had already been defeated.
  • Just Following Orders: While the Marines have their fair share of psychos, monsters, and bastards, there are plenty who are just good guys doing their duty and following their orders (with a rare few willing to simply ignore their orders if they believe that they are too excessive/extreme). Sengoku, T-Bone, and Kaku fit best into this trope.
  • Just Friends: Luffy, in his own pure-hearted way, does love Hancock back; the same way he would love and lay down his life for any of his precious friends. Hancock, although aware of this, personally wished it were something more.
  • Just One Man: Luffy was able to knock out five hundred marines at Enies Lobby by himself. Unfortunately, when one of them was trying to report it, he got knocked out just as he said five. This made Spandam underestimate Luffy more than he did already.
    • Luffy knocked out 50,000 fishmen in one go by glaring at them. The rest of the crew got annoyed because that only left the other 50,000 for the rest to split between them.
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