Recap: One Piece Little Garden Arc

Short Summary

With a princess, Vivi, on board and having promised to take her home. The Straw Hats next stop is a jungle island where dinosaurs still roam the lands, who are dwarfed by even bigger inhabitants in the form of two giants stuck in eternal battle against one another. Though both seem friendly enough, however the threat comes in four Baroque agents who have set their sights on them.

Main Summary

Little Garden Arc has the following tropes

  • Big Bad: Mr. 3, who leads the ambush against the group.
  • Clothing Damage: Nami gets her shirt burned off in the fire Luffy and Usopp create to get them out of the Candle Set Trap leaving her in a bra. Strangely, Vivi and Zoro, who were in the exact same situation and the exact same fire, are fully clothed when they escape.
    • Previously to that, Usopp burned off Luffy's shirt because it had one of Miss Goldenweek's Color Traps on it.
  • Razor Wind/Combination Attack: "HAKOKU!" by Dorry and Brogy.
  • Brick Joke/Call Back: The Going Merry gets swallowed by a giant goldfish whose poop is massive. This is one of the tall tales Usopp tells Kaya back in Syrup Village.
  • Character Development: For Usopp, who is now so inspired by the awesomeness of Dorry and Brogy that he decides he wants to visit their home island, and fearlessly charges towards Mr. 3 and Miss Goldenweek when he finds out that they've interfered with their eternal battle.
  • Chekhov's Gunmen: Dorry and Brogy will be important in the Enies Lobby Arc, and Mr. 3 will be extremely important in the Impel Down and Marineford Arcs!
  • Creepy Child: Subverted by Miss Goldenweek, who's actually an adult.
  • Designated Girl Fight: It only lasts a few seconds, but Nami and Vivi take out Miss Valentine at the very end. This is also the only fighting they got to do the entire arc.
  • Disney Death: Dorry.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: 4Kids had (again) cut this entire arc out; which was important for getting another Eternal Pose to Alabasta, was how Nami got her serious fever from which led to the next arc, gave Usopp some needed Character Development and gave him a more specific dream to aspire to, and would be extremely important in the Enies Lobby Arc. Mr. 0/Crocodile would declare Mr. 3 dead for no reason, not to mention the latter's importance in the Impel Down arc, while the Eternal Pose rather hamfistedly as something that Vivi had in her pocket the whole time.
    • There was also the plotholes created for Alabasta. Like Mr. 3's appearance at Rainbase, claiming he had been following the Straw Hats since Logue Town (even though BW learned about them after that).
  • Evil Genius: Mr. 3.
  • Five-Bad Band: These include:
  • Gentle Giants: Dorry and Brogy.
    • Well, not entirely gentle, since their entire culture is built around being a Proud Warrior Race Guy, and they used to be co-captains of a pirate crew with massive bounties, but they are pleasant enough to outsiders.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Ms. Goldenweek.
  • Hypno Fool: Luffy was very susceptible to Ms. Goldenweek's hypnosis.
  • Incendiary Exponent: When Mr. 5 was about to kill Usopp, Zoro stops him with one attack while his swords were on fire, thanks to Usopp freeing him from his wax prison.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: Mr. 3's Candle Champion move.
  • Ironic Nickname: "Little Garden"...filled with exotic vegetation and prehistoric creatures. Then we learn that it was given that name because it was a 'little garden' the giants there.
  • Lazy Artist: Miss Goldenweek plays this for laughs.
  • Mad Artist: Mr. 3.
  • Mad Bomber/Having a Blast: Mr. 5.
  • A Mech by Any Other Name: Mr. 3's "Candle Champion!"
  • Oh, Crap: Ms. Goldenweek gave off a good one when she realized Usopp was about to burn off the hypnotic symbol keeping Luffy from ruining the entire Little Garden operation.
  • Older Than She Looks: Miss Goldenweek looks like a little kid, but she really isn't.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: These ones are pirates, too.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guys: Dorry and Brogy are this. Their code of honor from Elbaf dictates that they must fight to death to settle an argument and both of them take it very seriously, despite them being evenly matched for a century. Despite this, they remain life-long friends. Turns out the argument was because a little girl saw the Sea Kings they killed for lunch and asked which one was bigger.
  • Reverse Psychology: When Luffy was stepping inside the betrayal symbol, he would do the opposite his friends told him to do. Vivi countered this by telling him to never step off the symbol.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Mr. 5 goes after Usopp and Carue with a fancy new-model revolver. The best part? All he has to do is breathe in it to load it with exploding, invisible bullets.
  • Smug Snake: Mr. 3. Especially when he brags about taking down a criminal worth 42 million Beri (Luffy was then 30 million).
  • Tempting Fate: Mr. 3 hides in a forest surrounded by wax copies of himself, mocking Luffy that he'll never find and defeat him because he's a dumb brute who relies purely on instinct to fight. Luffy then stretches out a kick and hits the real Mr. 3. A battered Mr. 3 asks how he could've possibly him before he collapses. Luffy replies, "Instinct".
  • The Stoic: Miss Goldenweek.
  • The Voiceless: Miss Goldenweek...or so we thought. It turns out she just isn't very talkative.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: Mr. 3 planned to turn Zoro, Nami and Vivi into this. Zoro decides to pose just in case it looks like it's hopeless for them.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Mr. Three is this. Three people did come close to dying, but he goes down pretty easy.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Zoro is about to be fully immobilized by wax and it doesn't look like there's any escape. So what does he do? After cutting his feet off didn't work? Don't pull a pathetic scaredy face like Vivi and Nami. Strike a cool pose. While this averts the inherent Nightmare Fuel in the Wax Museum Morgue trope, it also implies that no-one will rescue them in time,'s just a pretty bizarre thing to do in that situation, in general.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: We later learn of Mr. 0's inclination towards this trope when Sanji poses as Mr. 3 to tell him not to expect trouble from the Straw Hats, while receiving a Eternal Pose to Alabasta via the Unluckies...only for him to order Mr. 2 to eliminate him once he arrives.