Recap / One Piece Alabasta Arc

Short Summary

With Tony Tony Chopper now in the crew, the Straw Hats welcome their sixth member. But his introduction comes at a tense time as the crew reaches Vivi's home island, Alabasta, and race to reach the kingdom before Sir Crocodile, leader of the Baroque Works, puts his plan into motion to take over the island with the aid of a civil war he has engineered.

Main Summary


Alabasta Arc has the following tropes

  • Action Dress Rip: Nami after she decides to get serious and fight Miss Doublefinger, tears her skirt and unrobes herself.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Zoro saved Smoker (a "hammer") from drowning in Crocodile's lair at Luffy's command, despite misgivings from several crewmembers (himself included). Initially, Smoker seems to be planning on capturing the Straw Hats anyway, but ends up letting them go just this one time. While all the crew members are totally stunned by this (including Luffy, who was clearly expecting to end up having to fight him), Zoro can't help but laugh at the pleasant surprise.
    • Robin, despite still needing to keep up the facade at the time of being loyal to Crocodile, chuckles when Luffy responds to Crocodile's words before their first fight with "Guess that makes you pretty stupid, huh?"
    • And again during their second fight: when Luffy gives himself a Balloon Belly (with water leaking out of his belly button) as "Mizu Luffy" and contemplates rather comically that he may have drunk too much water, Robin straight-up laughs out loud.
  • Adaptation Expansion: There are a few fillers in the anime of the crew making their way across the desert with Ace tagging along as he tries to find info on Blackbeard's whereabouts.
  • Agent Peacock: Mr. 2 Bon Clay. The guy wears swan shoes, and can punch holes in walls with them!
  • All According to Plan: During Sanji's "Mr. Prince" plan, Crocodile gets a call from a mystery man who starts taunting him, only to then hear a gunshot in the background and one of the BW agents saying that they caught him (to the horror of the rest of the crew). Vivi then escapes the basement to get help (and try to help Sanji), only for the bridge outside the building to blow up. Sanji then appears and assures her that the plan is running smoothly, even saying the trope name word-for-word.
  • Always Someone Better: Ace is this to Luffy, having easily matched Captain Smoker in their first confrontation (compared to Luffy, who was easily curb-stomped). Luffy doesn't really mind, though, and even joked he could probably take him on now...just as Ace hopped on the Going Merry beside him.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: According to the code of honor of the animals known as Kung-Fu Dugongs, the creature who defeats one of them becomes its master. Luffy defeats about 100.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Mr. Zero aka Crocodile fights as expected of his position in Baroque Works, utterly handing Luffy his ass twice, more times than anyone else in the series so far. Subverted with Cobra Nefertari, King of Alabasta. His Minister of War and Chief of Royal Guards do all the fighting for him. Though, he did personally kick the ass of his daughter's kidnapper.
  • Badass Boast: At first Played for Laughs with Luffy declaring "If you're [Crocodile] are one of the Seven Warlords, then I'll be the Eighth Warlord!" No-one takes it seriously (especially when he gets owned later in the battle). It's later played straight when Luffy responds to Crocodile's mocking of his desire to be Pirate King:
    Luffy: I'm the man who'll surpass you!
    • Miss All Sunday gives one using her powers to totally curb-stomping of Pell:
      Miss All Sunday: I don't think you understand yet. Power...speed...they mean nothing against me.
    • Zoro finds he can't cut Mr. 1, whose very composition is literally made of steel. Faced with a troubling predicament, he persists anyway:
      Zoro: I'm in a dangerous situation, and danger can force a swordsman to be stronger...When I've defeated you, I will be a man who can cut steel!
  • Bash Brothers: The episode after Ace's debut feature Luffy and him taking on a group of Billions together.
  • Batter Up: Mr. 4.
  • The Beastmaster: Played for Laughs when Vivi casually mentions the desert is home to Kung-Fu Dugongs who take pride in fighting, and follow whoever manages to defeat them as "master". Luffy manages to defeat a hundred of them, and is shown giving them tips on fighting. Crocodile also owns Bananagators — alligators with bananas on their heads.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Not a good idea to tell Vivi that trying to stop the civil war is pointless...
    • Crocodile really hates it if he feels he's being made fun of, or taken for an idiot.
    • Do not call Miss All Sunday by her real name (though, she becomes fine with it later on). Also, not a good idea to talk about her Back Story and her other nickname "Demon Child" (largely because the story is embellished).
    • Smoker hates being rewarded for things he didn't do (even if it's a promotion), especially if it's just so that The Government can save face. Fortunately it led to him giving one of the badass verbal middle fingers one can give to your bosses (and he got away with it, too):
      Smoker:(Over the Den-Den Mushi) You give those old geezers [The Five Elder Stars] this message...Tell them to eat shit! That is real justice!
    • Most importantly, if you make one of Luffy's dear friends (Vivi) very upset, you're in for a world of hurt. This also extends to the rest of the crew and the Royal Guards.
  • Big Bad: Sir Crocodile aka Mr. 0.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Sanji, with some help from Vivi and Chopper, as Mr. Prince, rescuing the rest of his crew and Smoker from Crocodile's Drowning Pit while outsmarting him in the process.
    • After Crocodile drops Vivi off the balcony in the Royal Palace (right after giving one hell of a Breaking Speech) Luffy unexpectedly arrives with Pell flying him just in time to rescue Vivi.
    • Earlier, Zoro saves Nami from being cleaved into pieces by Mr. 1, and battles him.
  • Big Bulky Bomb: Crocodile installed a bomb with a kill radius of 5 kilometers in the Clock Tower in the town center set to detonate on 4:30pm (giving the heroes 30 minutes to disable it). Even after the shooters are defeated and the cannon is disarmed, the bomb is still set to detonate. Pell sacrifices himself to make fly the bomb into the stratosphere to save everyone in Alaburna. He's shown to have survived.
  • Blatant Lies/Refuge in Audacity: At the end of the arc, the guards at the palace tell the Marines that the Straw Hat Pirates are not at the palace, just as Usopp and Sanji are entering the palace while this is taking place. The Marines are helpless against the audacity of the act.
  • Bloody Murder: How Luffy beat Crocodile. Crocodile's power made it so he was susceptible to liquids, so Luffy used the only liquid he had handy: blood from the wounds he was receiving.
  • Blown Across the Room: More like several buildings which is how Nami manages to defeat Ms. Doublefinger.
  • Bowdlerise: Luffy's final battle with Crocodile in the 4Kids dub doesn't feature him using blood, but his sweat instead.
  • Book Ends: The arc starts and ends with Mr. 2 Bon Kurei meeting the Straw Hats in the coast of Alabasta; meeting the pirates acting as a pleasant guy who hides his villainy, and leaving them making Heel–Face Turn to make a Heroic Sacrifice to steer the Marines' attention away.
    • Even more heartwarmingly, a safeguard they used to protect themselves from the aforementioned Mr. 2 Bon Kurei, the X-shaped mark is raised in response to Vivi's tearful farewell, signifying that even though she can't travel with them, they remain True Companions.
    • Many of Alabasta's wildlife the Straw Hats encountered, are seen again in the anime, in particular the Kung-Fu Dugongs are seen training, as Vivi returns to her palace.
  • Break the Cutie: This arc really is tough on Vivi as she watches her homeland be torn apart by war and openly mocked by Crocodile for her futility in trying to stop it. It got to the point that she completely snapped when Pell seemingly died, and her people still trying to kill each other. Tashigi likewise has her sense of justice shaken after the end of the war.
  • Breaking Speech: Crocodile delivers a scathing one to Vivi, while choking the life out of her over a balcony, just to twist the knife in in with another failed attempt to stop the war, and the revelation of a bomb large enough to destroy the town center, before he decides to kill her:
    Crocodile: "You can stop the war this way, You can stop the war that way..." Wake up, Princess! Your aim is not realistic, and this is reality! Dreams can only be brought into reality by the strong...15 minutes left until the cannon fires, and the reinforcements for the rebellion will arrive soon. Your fate is sealed, along the rest within the blast area. If you told the loyalists about the bomb, you could have saved thousands of lives, even if they're was chaos. You thought you could save everyone? How naive. So in the end, you have lead thousands to their deaths. From now on, no-one will know the truth...You have worked for us for 2 years...I thank you for that. So, in the end you have the choice: Saving the country, or rebelling, whichever the foolish ideals...either one will result in more deaths. Listen, Princess, and listen well: You cannot save this country!
  • Broken Heel: A variation: due to all her running, Vivi's sandals break into pieces while she's searching for the Time Bomb that was about to level Alubarna.
  • Carnival of Killers: The remaining Baroque Works Officer Agents.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The X marks.
    • Dance Powder is also another one, as it's responsible for the civil war, and the uncovering of the Baroque Works label reveals the truth about it.
    • That paper that Ace gives Luffy telling him to hold on to it, so that he'll know were he is. It becomes a plot point much later in the series.
    • Sanji's lack of involvement in the action of two previous arcs (Whiskey Peak and Little Garden)—and Baroque Works' consequent lack of knowledge about his existence—pays off in a big, big way in this arc.
  • The Chessmaster: Crocodile. Arguably the premier one of the series, as his plan was virtually flawless and had no major setbacks. He had to be personally defeated to ensure that he didn't win.
    • Miss All Sunday / Nico Robin is another example, acting even more subtly; through sparing her assigned targets, and arranging for Crocodile's downfall.
    • Sanji proves that he counts too in this arc, during Operation "Mr. Prince".
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Vivi. Luffy calls her out on it too, saying in a situation this serious, it's as good as throwing your life away.
  • Civil War: Finally comes to a head in the middle of this arc, though its cause is more explicitly revealed here: Much of the country is suffering a drought, and King Cobra was blamed for blamed for it by using Dance Powder, an illegal substance that creates rainfall artificially at the risk of affecting the rainfall of the surrounding areas. Baroque Works are using it as a cover for their agenda.
  • Cool Old Guy: Toto.
  • Combat Breakdown: By the time their third fight rolls around, Luffy and Crocodile resort to a pure brawl to finally decide a winner. Crocodile was on the verge of having a Villainous Breakdown at that point, which prevented him from thinking straight and using his devil fruit powers for most of the fight, therefore giving Luffy an advantage, and arguably allowing him to win.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The 8th movie, which is an abridged retelling of this arc.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Frighteningly, every battle Miss All Sunday had ended up this way. To Pell, and to Tashigi.
    • Sanji does this to Mr. 3 (offscreen) when he acted like a douche, and threw the key to the cage the Straw Hats (and Smoker) were locked in in the Drowning Pit. When he complied, he finsihed him off as "thanks".
  • Crazy-Prepared: Crocodile shows off a lot of foresight here. He suspects the crew to have a safeguard upon meeting Mr. 2 (though Zoro out-thinks him on that one), is thorough enough that the Straw Hats can't escape his Drowning Pit, plants moles within the Alabasta and Rebel Armies to ensure the war goes on regardless, and (even if the fuse on his bomb is extinguished, ensures that it's a time bomb (and a big one, just in case).
    • This is even reflected in his final fight with Luffy. When he realized that Luffy would keep coming after him no matter what, he decided to stop holding back, removing the gold covering of his hook to reveal the poison hook beneath. And if that hook is broken, he can eject a knife in its place.
  • Death's Hourglass: During the first round of their fight, Crocodile contemptuously throws an hourglass with three minutes' worth of sand in it at Luffy. Sure enough, he's impaling Luffy through the gut just as the last grains are running out.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Nami against Ms. Doublefinger.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Subverted with Portgas D. Ace, Luffy's older brother, who is stronger than him, briefly shows up reunites with Luffy and meets his crew, then heads off to handle his own business, while they deal with stopping Crocodile. He's strong, but his fire-powers wouldn't have helped much against a guy who can turn into sand. Heck, he barely went very far against Smoker.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Crocodile. He even has an Elaborate Underground Base.
  • Didn't See That Coming/Unexpected Character: No one, upon no one saw Robin joining the crew coming. Granted her helping Luffy and betraying Crocodile was something, but at the most that just made her a wild card and there was nothing more to her than that. Then the crew leave Alabasta and she just appeared out of nowhere and, BAM, sudden crew member. It was a massive curve ball to the readers, but one full of intrigue as no one knew much about Robin yet, but she seemed to fit in pretty well with the Straw Hats. It helped that she was also The Comically Serious.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Crocodile's power, the Sand-Sand Fruit.
  • Disney Death: Pell, Igaram and Kappa.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Miss All Sunday does not like being called by her real name (Nico Robin), and Crocodile only did so when he was in a very bad mood and he felt she's close to crossing a line. The Marines also find this out the hard way.
  • The Dreaded: One of the Marine grunts makes it a point to give Tashigi some handy exposition about Miss All Sunday when they're confronted by her, revealing her real name as Nico Robin and a bounty of 79 million belli, on par with Crocodile, at age eight, for the alleged crime of destroying six Marine battleships single-handedly. Miss All Sunday's cool deameanor is soon dropped and replaced with rage, and begins ranting about how much she hates the World Government and all in their service, and decided not to give any mercy to her Marine opponents.
  • Drowning Pit: Crocodile traps Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Vivi, and Smoker in one, adding Bananagators to the mix as well.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: After coming from Yuba, Luffy tells Vivi that even if they reach the kingdom and stop the war, Crocodile will still find a way to keep it going and she's naive to think people won't die regardless of her efforts. After a brief scuffle, he manages to convince Vivi she doesn't have to take everything upon herself and that he and the crew are willing to risk their lives to help her. The Straw Hats are actually astonished by his insight.
    • While Zoro is not stupid by any means, he often makes reckless decisions on a whim. He was the one to come up with a two-layered identifying system where the Straw Hats would wear a white band around their wrist. To prove they weren't the shape-shifting Mr 2, they could tell each other apart by being able to uncover the white band to reveal a "X" written on their wrist.
  • Dumb Muscle: Mr. 4.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the movie adaption we see a brief glimpse of Jaguar D Saul in a flashback. The full flashback doesn't appear until much long after Alabasta in the manga and TV series.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Ace (pyrokinesis) and Smoker's (smoke) Devil Fruit powers cancel each other out. Ace was pretty much aware of this, and used the resulting explosion to make a getaway.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The audience is introduced to Portgas D. Ace when he falls asleep after stuffing himself at an all-you-can-eat buffet, prompting the customers to wonder if he's dead. He then wakes up and wipes his face on a waitress' skirt, then gives a smug smile once Captain Smoker comes in and recognizes him.
    • The leader of the rebellion chides a child who exclaims that he wants to fight as well and is just as angry as they are, explaining that everyone who joined did so reluctantly and felt they had no choice, harshly concluding that if he understands that he should go home. He then sorrowfully muses that the boy was like him in his youth. That man is Kohza, Vivi's old childhood friend, indicating he has a more nuanced outlook than other rebel leaders.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: The deserts of Alabasta are made of this. With the human monsters of the Strawhat crew around, though, there's a lot of emphasis on the trying part.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Crocodile finds heroism and all it entails disgusting. He is even utterly enraged that Luffy would attempt to fight him again, and cite his friends as a reason to continue to oppose him.
    • This is due to the fact that Crocodile has been heavily implied to be like Luffy when he was younger. His experiences on the Grand Line are what changed him into the man he is today.
  • Fake King: Mr. 2 Bon Clay disguises himself as King Cobra, doing many dickish acts.
  • False Flag Operation: The whole civil war is Crocodile's doing in the hopes of causing a distraction as he tries to find where the ancient weapon, Pluton, lies.
  • Five-Bad Band: Out of the remaining officers of Baroque Works, they are:
  • Foreshadowing: Ace explains to Luffy that he's looking for Blackbeard who killed his crewmate and left the Whitebeard Pirates. We finally see what their confrontation at the end of the Enies Lobby Arc.
    • Before Ace leaves, he tells Luffy that they'll meet again "at the summit". When Luffy does actually meet him again in the Marineford Arc he's facing his execution.
    • During Crocodile's Villainous Breakdown, he rants as he charges towards Luffy that "The more you experience the sea, the more you let go of your dreams!". Much later in the series, something so terrible happens to Luffy that he briefly renounces his dream to become Pirate King.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: The Straw Hats' heroics are made secret both by the kingdom so as to protect the royal family (the Straw Hats have no qualms with this), and the World Government who don't want the world to know that a pirate stopped one of their sponsored privateers. They instead designate Smoker the main hero along with a promotion, much to his chagrin.
  • Good All Along/Heroic Neutral: Miss All Sunday aka Nico Robin rescues Luffy's life, if only out of mere curiosity, and told Pell to aid him in his recovery. Additionally, when she had finally came across the Poneglyph in the Alabastan Royal Tomb, she learned that it had no information on what she wanted to discover: "The True History of the Lost Hundred Years". So she decided she would not help Crocodile locate Pluton, and instead tried to assassinate him. When that failed, she helped save Luffy's life again by giving the antidote to Cobra, which would cure him of the poison Crocodile infected him with.
    • It's easy to miss, and combined with Fridge Brilliance, but this is actually subtly foreshadowed during the "Mr. Prince" debacle. Crocodile was freaking out about a Straw Hat member that Baroque didn't know about (Sanji), but there was one BW member who did know about him: Robin, who met him at the end of the Whiskey Peak arc, but clearly never told Crocodile about him.
  • Government Conspiracy: The World Government decided it was far too embarrassing to make public that the sponsored pirates went rogue and tried to take over a kingdom (one on the World Summit, no less) was stopped by pirates, so they covered it up and gave credit to Smoker and Tashigi instead, and offered them promotions. They grudgingly accept, while Luffy quietly receives a bounty increase of 100,000,000 Beri, along with Zoro's first bounty of 60,000,000 Beri.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: Parodied. Zoro carries Nami, whose most serious injury was to her foot which Miss Doublefinger pierced straight though, and is annoyed to learn that Nami can stand and walk just fine when the Straw Hats assemble in front of the palace. Zoro, in contrast, had a grueling battle where he lost 5 liters of blood, which started right after he saved her life.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Ace in the anime filler.
  • Guile Hero: Sanji reveals his talents as The Strategist in this arc as "Mr. Prince". Figuring out that his entire crew (save for Chopper) was captured and needed his help, Sanji was able to come up with a pretty good plan to outsmart Crocodile: he called Crocodile on the Den Den Mushi and taunted him enough to piss him off, then fired a gun in the air and forced a Mook at gunpoint to claim that he'd captured "Mr. Prince", all to lull Crocodile into a false sense of security and lure him out of the building. Sanji then had Chopper pretend to be Mr. Prince and run away in order to get Crocodile even further from the building, then blew up the bridge to keep him from coming back in easily, allowing Sanji to casually stroll inside and find his crew while Crocodile and the rest of Baroque Works was busy. He even left behind a taunting note just to rub it in.
  • Happy Rain: Rain finally falls on Alabasta once Crocodile is defeated, marking an end to the civil war, and symbolising the confusion being washed away.
  • Heel–Face Turn/Heroic Sacrifice: Bon Clay, after the war, sacrifices himself so the Straw Hats can get away.
  • Hero of Another Story: Smoker's departure from the story after escaping Rain Dinners seems like a Deus Exit Machina, but it actually had a purpose; he dismantled the remaining Baroque Works ships around Alabasta that were using the dance powder, so it began to rain shortly after Luffy beat Crocodile for the last time, quelling the rebellion once and for all.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Even though Luffy is dying from the poison Crocodile gave him, thinking of everything Vivi went through gets him up again, and he starts another onslaught on Crocodile.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Ms. Merry Christmas and Mr. 4, who're defeated by their own techniques and weapons.
  • Hook Hand: Crocodile. It's very golden. It also has something under it, which is yet another hook...which secretes poison. And underneath that is a dagger.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Kohza learns that the whole rebellion was orchestrated by Crocodile, and so goes backs to his forces and tellls them to stand down...only to be shot by a Baroque Works agent, in Royalist disguise, igniting the civil war again.
    • Subverted with the "Mr. Prince" routine. Initially, Sanji, as "Mr. Prince", called Crocodile on the Den Den Mushi and basically said "Hey, you forgot one crew member, catch me if you can", giving his crewmates hope that they could be rescued...only to then hear a gunshot and a guard saying they'd gotten him, much to the crew's horror. Subverted in that this was All According to Plan; if anything, the whole "gunshot-we-caught-him" part was a Hope Spot for Crocodile.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Luffy vs. Crocodile, Round 1. Not only did Crocodile have his Sand-Sand Fruit powers to rely on (which is Logia-type), but he's a fruit-user who knows how to use his abilities to the fullest. And Luffy's fighting him in the desert, where he's nearly invincible.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Miss All Sunday's betrayal sorta worked like this: As soon as they reached the Poneglyph for her to translate it to Crocodile, she knew Crocodile well enough to realise that she'll be disposed of after she tells him where the Pluton is. So she tries to take him out first by using her powers to splash a vial of liquid on him to make him wet and kill him with a dagger. Unfortunately, Crocodile saw it coming, quickly dodged behind her with his ability and impaled her through the back with his hook, explaining that he never trusted her from the beginning.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Zoro eventually learns this (Ittoryu, or "One-Sword Style"); more impressively, he did it mid-fighting, and finishes his opponent with it.
  • I Choose to Stay: Vivi decides to remain in Alabasta when offered to join the Straw Hats.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Both Luffy and Robin end up getting Crocodile's hook through their chest at different times in the arc.
  • Interspecies Romance: Kinda. It's Played for Laughs. Eyelashes the camel only allows Nami and Vivi to ride him. The men are not happy finding this out, and accuse the camel of being a pervert. Scissors the giant moving crab, likewise is aroused by human women, especially when Nami shows her revealing dancing clothing. Even Eyelashes thinks Scissors is a pervert.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Miss All Sunday/Nico Robin resigned herself to her fate as the Royal Tomb crumbled around her and Cobra. However, Luffy unexpectedly finds the strength to move after his battle with Crocodile, and decides to rescue both of them. When Robin protests that she wishes to die, Luffy tells her that he's gonna rescue her, and if she still feels that way, she should do it after he's rescued her. This gave Robin the will to live again, and she formally made a Heel–Face Turn and joined the Straw Hat Pirates.
  • I Shall Taunt You:
    • Crocodile never misses a good opportunity to do this. Whether in a one-sided fight against Luffy (in his favour), messing more with Vivi's head giving her horrible Sadistic Choices, or mocking the Marine who had a bad run in with his partner, by verbally dumping on her ideals.
    • A big part of Sanji's "Mr. Prince" plan is rubbing his Spanner in the Works status in Crocodile's face in order to piss him off and send him running around trying to catch him. It works, and it's both awesome and really hilarious. He even leaves a note and a beaten-up Elite Mook behind for Crocodile to find after their escape, which says, "See you later, shitty croc. Mr. Prince"
  • I'll Kill You!: From Vivi, of all people, to Crocodile. That guy just really piss her off.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: A gun ate a Devil Fruit to become a gun-dog creature that fires baseballs. Poor Usopp has trouble accepting it.
  • Just Following Orders/Think Nothing of It: Zoro gives both of these replies almost word-for-word when Smoker demands to know why the former saved him from Crocodile's Drowning Pit. Zoro himself (and most of the rest of the crew) would have just left him there to keep him from becoming trouble again in the future, but since Luffy asked Zoro to save Smoker, he did so, much to his chagrin. Still, he laughs cheerfully after Smoker lets them go because of it.
  • Kick the Dog: One example of this was four Red Shirts called "The Duck Claw Squad" drinking a deadly drug which enhances their strength greatly, but is also fatal, which they felt gave them a short time to fight Crocodile, and defeat him. Crocodile just evades their attacks and waits for them to die, not even considering them worthy of an honorable death, as they collapse and die from the drug.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A positive example. Despite Captain Smoker having been nothing but grief for the Straw Hats in the past, and despite not even liking Smoker, Luffy still asks Zoro to save him as the group is escaping Crocodile's lair, since Smoker can't swim due to his Devil Fruit powers. As a result, when the Marines are closing in on the crew, Smoker chooses not to capture the crew on the spot once he wakes up, and instead lets them go.
  • Literal-Minded: As part of Zoro's lack of direction sense — He interprets being told to go 'north' to reach the center of Alubarna, as to climb up the Clock Tower. Later works to the Straw Hats' advantage.
  • Made of Iron: Quite literally with Mr. 1 who ate the Dice Dice Fruit, giving him properties of steel.
    • Usopp got dragged at high-speed by Miss Merry Christmas by his legs, and took a 4-ton bat to the face by Mr. 4, easily fracturing his skull. And he still got up and kept fighting.
  • Madness Mantra:
    Vivi: EVERYBODY, PLEASE STOP FIGHTING! EVERYBODY, PLEASE STOP FIGHTING! EVERYBODY, PLEASE STOP FIGHTING!
  • Mole Woman: Ms. Merry Christmas, who ate the Mole-Mole Fruit.
  • Mouth of Sauron: It becomes clear that Miss All Sunday was serving as this for Crocodile when the Baroque Works Agents were brought for the final mission in Alabasta. A lot of them were visibly shocked they were working for a pirate the whole time.
  • Neck Lift: Crocodile does this to Vivi when giving his Breaking Speech, before releasing her and leaving her to collapse to the ground by dissolving his hand.
  • No Sense of Direction: The Marines with Tashigi could not believe how bad Zoro's sense of direction is.
  • Not So Different: Crocodile and Luffy have a case of this during their first encounter, both agreeing that those who are naive to war usually get crushed, and without strength, your ambitions fade away. The latter subtly comes up in the same and the final battle, where Crocodile claims that Luffy hasn't got what it takes to last long in the sea and preserve his dreams.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: The Baroque Works' Officer Agents (particularly Miss Merry Christmas) brags to the Straw Hats (particularly Usopp and Chopper) that Luffy was killed by Crocodile. They then argue amongst themselves over whether it was true. They later find out that reports of their captain's demise were greatly exaggerated.
  • Out-Gambitted:
    • Crocodile by Sanji; see Guile Hero above
    • Mr. 2 and Crocodile by the Straw Hats (specifically, by Zoro's plan): he caught on to the fact that the bandages on each of their left arms was part of an identifying marker (to keep Mr. 2 from successfully impersonating any of them), but didn't realize that there were two layers to it—the second being an X that was written under the bandages.
    • Miss All-Sunday/Nico Robin by Mr. 0/Sir Crocodile—they were both using each other the whole time and planned to kill each other, but when she tries to get him wet so she can kill him, he avoids it and impales her with his hook. Ultimately subverted, as she gets the last laugh by saving Luffy from Crocodile's poison after the former defeats the latter, and Luffy, in turn, saves her life and lets her join his crew.
  • Playing with Fire: Ace, who ate the Flame-Flame Fruit (Mera Mera no Mi) sometime after he left Luffy to become a pirate.
  • Punched Across the Room: Luffy to Crocodile in their final fight, hitting him so rapidly that he knocks him through the solid bedrock ceiling of the tomb they were in and straight into the air.
  • Rousing Speech: Cobra gives one once Crocodile is beaten to finally end the war.
  • Save the Villain: Smoker isn't a villain, but he is very much an antagonist to the Straw Hats who has caused them headaches on several past occasions. As Crocodile's basement starts to flood, Luffy tells Zoro to save Smoker, knowing he can't swim due to his Devil Fruit ability. This ultimately works out for the Straw Hats, since Smoker lets them go in return for them saving his life.
  • Schmuck Bait: The Straw Hats burst in to Rain Dinners with Smoker and Tashigi chasing them, as Luffy declares loudly that he wants to fight Crocodile. Miss All Sunday informs the employees that they're Crocodile's "special guests", so they get in a line and direct them to a passage further inside, leading to a pathway that reads "Pirates. This way—->". Smoker naturally follows them, and all of them ran right into a trap. Luffy felt it was "fiendishly clever".
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Mr. 2 Bon Clay tries to invoke this against Sanji, but no matter which of his crewmates he turns into, Sanji still tries to pummel him, knowing it's really him...at least until he turns into Nami.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Brought to the forefront in this arc. The Straw Hat Pirates, and especially Vivi are idealists. The latter to the point that she believed they can still prevent the civil war, but even Luffy is nuanced enough to understand that it's unavoidable, and should focus on stopping Crocodile. Baroque Works, however, are led by two global-scale criminals whose experiences in the sea have turned them very cynical. Miss All Sunday showed uncharacteristic rage when a Marine told Tashigi who she was, and vocalized her hatred for the WG and its forces, Crocodile during his first battle with Luffy, denounces idealism, and tells him that he is very naive to the true harshness of the sea, and taking the time to mock and stomp on any idealistic view he comes across (Vivi's desire to save the country, Tashigi's sense of justice, Luffy's desire to be Pirate King). To that end, Crocodile forced a rebellion to take over as monarch, and find a way to challenge the World Government, feeling power was all that is important in the world. Eventually, idealism won this battle, as Luffy decided to hold to his dreams by first defeating Crocodile, the latter's conspiracy was exposed and Alabasta was saved as Vivi wanted, and it had found renewed faith in its king, and Robin was given a second chance, both by the Straw Hats and to carry on with her life.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Subverted. Regardless of the fact that Crocodile was defeated this early in the series, he's actually one of the most powerful people in the One Piece world. Luffy really only won their last fight because he couldn't and wouldn't give up, something Crocodile couldn't comprehend, leading to his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • Sanji. Since he was the only Straw Hat that none of the members of Baroque Works met and/or managed to inform Crocodile about, he managed to trick Crocodile and free the others.
    • To a lesser extent, Chopper as well. Crocodile did know about him thanks to Mr. 2, but since he joined the crew after the assassins had stopped pursuing them, Baroque didn't realize that Chopper could actually fight, shapeshift, or pose any kind of threat; Crocodile just assumed that he was their pet and disregarded him. As a result, Chopper was able to assist Sanji with his plan by distracting Crocodile long enough for Sanji to sneak in and save everyone.
  • Spikes of Villainy/Wolverine Claws: Ms. Doublefinger, whose Spike-Spike Fruit allows her grow her nails to this extent and make spikes throughout her body.
  • Spoiler Opening: The third anime opening, which came out about 2/3 of the way through this arc, included Robin (who didn't join until the very end of the arc) among the crew members, spoiling one of the series's biggest plot twists for fans who only watch the anime.
  • Spot the Imposter: After meeting Bon Clay and seeing his powers, Zoro suggests putting a safeguard on themselves so they can tell who's who. This proves wise as when Bon Clay, disguised as Usopp, tries to trick Vivi. He doesn't remove the cloth from his arm and show the X underneath, giving himself away.
  • Supreme Chef: Teracotta, Igaram's wife. She takes it as a personal challenge to satisfy Luffy's appetite. Long story short: she was very impressive, especially since Luffy's been asleep for three days (Which he calculates as worth fifteen meals!)
  • Tag Team: Usopp and Chopper against Mr. 4 and Ms. Merry Christmas.
  • Taking You with Me: Cobra attempts to seal Crocodile and Nico Robin with him within the Royal Tomb after they reached the Poneglyph, but Crocodile gleefully informs him thanks to his powers, it wouldn't work anyway, so he only sped up his chances of taking over the kingdom.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Miss Doublefinger's "Tope Doping" bulks her arms up significantly for greater power and gaining blunt force.
  • Third Time's the Charm: It takes Luffy three attempts to finally beat Crocodile. The first time, Crocodile had a clear advantage by fighting in the desert, making victory nearly impossible, though he learns of Crocodile's weakness at the end of their fight. Round 2 had Luffy taking full advantage of this weakness by rehydrating himself and surrounding his body with water, and even taking it in to fight more effectively. Luffy actually would've won that if Crocodile didn't reveal another part of his power (drying up the landscape) that took Luffy off guard. By the time Round 3 came, Luffy resorted to using the blood from his wounds to take him down and unlike the last two battles, this is just a straight up brawl which Luffy dominates for the most part. Granted he does get poisoned and, in a testament to how badass Crocodile was, was running on sheer willpower to finish the fight. Luffy still had to be treated once he managed to beat him and it took three days to recover from the battle.
  • The Reveal: Miss All Sunday's name is Nico Robin. Crocodile's aim is to find the ancient superweapon Pluton. Igaram was never killed by that blast in Whiskey Peak. An in-universe example also happens when Robin reveals to the rest of the Baroque Works Officer Agents that the leader of their organization is one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.
  • True Companions: Fuels this arc as much, if not more than criminal conspiracies. Hell, Mr. 2 Bon Kurei (who somehow escaped capture by the Marines) is so moved by this that he pulls a Heel–Face Turn, and acts as a decoy for the Straw Hats for the Marines, eventually getting arrested. Vivi doesn't officially join the crew, but the arc ends with Straw Hats making it clear they're friends for life.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Nami and Usopp go out of their way to ensure they're not The Loads of their group. Vivi picked up a few pointers as well.
  • Troperiffic: Absolutely. And that's just one arc!
  • Underestimating Badassery: All of the Baroque Works Agents (apart from Miss All Sunday/Nico Robin) do this to the Straw Hat Pirates. But the biggest one is underestimating Captain Monkey D. Luffy, which even Crocodile did. He first heard news of him defeating the Mr. 5 pair, but ignored it, couldn't believe he reached Alabasta, and underestimated his single-mindedness and determination. And all he was left to do was to bitterly reflect on all of the above during his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Nearly everyone to Crocodile, but he freely gloats personally to Kohza (who led the revolution) about it. To turn the knife in, he's such a Chessmaster that when Kohza finally tells his side to surrender and everyone to drop their arms, he's shot by a Baroque Works Agent in the guise of a Royal Guard soldier before he could fully explain the situation, igniting the battle again.
    • A point could be made for Crocodile himself being an unwitting pawn to Nico Robin; she used him as a means to find the thing she was looking for, but never actually had any intention of helping him. There's also the fact that Luffy was only able to recover and challenge him again (the first time) because she saved his life. Then again, he claims, he never actually trusted her, and was looking to dispose of her anyway, had she given him what he wanted. Ultimately, both of them were using the other as pawns.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Crocodile is known to Alabasta as something of a guardian of the country, on top of being the casino owner of Rain Dinners in Rainbase. When Vivi sent a message to her father that he was the man behind the country's chaos, he and Chaka were very surprised since at this point he was more popular than the Royal Family, especially with the civil unrest. The climax of the war finally exposed him as the criminal who created the chaos, leaving all combatants very surprised.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Crocodile during Round 3 of his fight with Luffy:
    Crocodile: You're just some rookie pirate who came from nowhere! WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM?! (rushes at Luffy)
  • Villainous Rescue: Nico Robin saves Luffy's life after he loses to Crocodile the first time and is left for dead. While it ultimately turns out to be subverted since she wasn't really a villain (falling somewhere between having a Heel–Face Turn and simply being Good All Along), Luffy and co., at the time, had no reason at all to think that she was on their side, and plenty of reasons to believe that she was the enemy.
  • Villainous Valour: This is a guy who had all his subordinates defeated, had the chance of finding Pluton denied to him, and the guy who keeps trying to stop him survived a third attempt on his life kicking his ass after he figured out he's weak to wet substances, and yet Crocodile is still at the top of his game.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Pell's Zoan devil fruit, Bird-Bird Fruit: Model, Falcon, allows him to transform into transform into a giant falcon. Armed with machine-guns.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Crocodile. He was the first of the Seven Warlords that Luffy personally fought, giving a battle on a completely different scale than he ever experienced. Brought home with the chapters "30 Million vs. 81 Millon" and "Level GL"note .
  • War Arc: The second half, at least as the civil war reaches its peak.
  • Wham Line: "There is a question I'd like to ask you, King: Where is the Pluton?"
    • "It's a fight, I should be prepared for anything...Even if the cannon fails at the time shooter's time, 'then the bomb will is already timed to explode a few seconds later!" (for the manga)
    • "It's a timed bomb! It'll explode at any minute if it's not disabled!" (for the anime)
  • Why Won't You Die?: Crocodile is not happy at all that Luffy returnsnote  yet again note  to stop him.
  • The Worf Effect: Pell — having previously established himself as Badass — gets completely owned by Miss All Sunday. This also, of course, occurs to Luffy (twice) by Crocodile.
  • Would Hit a Girl: One of the few times Luffy does do this, and to Vivi no less. But only to prove a point.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Mr. 1 and Ms. Doublefinger when one manages to stumble upon Mr. 2 in his Cobra disguise, both to keep him silent and ignite the Rebels to attack Alubarna. The child gets better and manages to tell everyone what happened, but only when the war is finally over.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Warusagi Birds pretend they are dead to steal the belongings from unsuspecting travelers.