YMMV: One Piece

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  • Acclaimed Flop: In the west; in Japan, it is by far the most popular franchise since Dragon Ball. Part of this is because One Piece is far more "cartoonish" than other popular anime franchises such as Naruto or Bleach. The other part is that the first attempt to have One Piece breach western audiences was the notorious 4Kids dub, which alienated potential fans for years — only now, almost a decade after 4Kids lost the license, has the franchise managed to recover from the blow and gain a solid foothold in America.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Luffy: Some fans believe that he's only acting like an Idiot Hero in order to test himself. This is actually hinted at several times throughout the series. There are some pretty compelling arguments that he's not nearly as happy go lucky as he presents himself too. Or just Smarter Than He Looks
    • Kaido: Despite not having yet appeared in the manga, fans are speculating whether he was demonstrating Good Is Not Nice, showing that Moria's not ready by killing his crew but spared him out of mercy? A Jerk Ass who killed his crew for no reason and drove Moria insane?
    • Sanji: Namely, his unwillingness/inability to hit women. Word of God is that "Sanji doesn't have a "policy" of not kicking women; the truth is that he actually CAN'T kick them", but there are multiple ways to interpret that.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Princess Shirahoshi was simply disliked by many American fans, due to her crying so often that it makes her come off as whiny. In Japan? The fifth character popularity poll puts her at 28, higher than such fan favorites as Jinbe, Ben Beckman or Kaku.
    • Rebecca is apparently Shirahoshi's successor in the Dressrosa Arc in this regard. Some fans regard her as a Faux Action Girl, who is shown as a good fighter in the Corrida Colosseum tournaments, but as an otherwise weak fighter in "real" fights. There's also those who see her character as little more than Fanservice, especially with the anime's Breast Expansion and frequent displays of her fights with cannon fodder to pad out the already slow-paced Dressrosa arc. Her hatedom reached a peak at Chapter 757, when she ends up running away in fear from her mother's killer Diamante, after fans expected a battle for vengeance. Yet in the popularity pool she ranked exactly one place lower than Shirahoshi.
    • Vivi: While she's still solidly popular in Japan despite leaving the Straw Hats years ago, she's far less popular in English speaking circles. Many members of the Arlong Park forums, in particular, have a seething hatred of her.
    • Spandam: Smug Snake, Dirty Coward, and a complete Jerkass on top of it all. Many of the fandom rejoiced when, in his last appearance, he got some decent comeuppance by having his skeleton snapped in half courtesy of Robin… and yet, he's been in the top 100 of every character poll since his introduction (though he's placed lower every time; the third poll, he was 28th, then he fell to 64th, and in the fifth poll, he ranked 76th).
  • Angst Dissonance:
    • Shirahoshi: Not only does she have a fragile personality to begin with, but she also went through a lot as a child. Despite this, many American fans dislike her for crying a bit too much. Doesn't help that Luffy also thinks Shirahoshi cries too much, which only affirms how those fans feel.
    • Rebecca: Her running away from Diamante is justified as knowing that she was too weak to take him one-on-one and trauma from his gloating about her mother's death by his hands. However, many American fans took it as a wasted opportunity for vengeance.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Plenty.
    • Bellamy The Hyena is perhaps the most infamous example in the series, being defeated by a single, non-stretching punch by Luffy.
    • Hody Jones is another infamous example. Even while overdosed with steroids that multiplied his strength by 10 times, Luffy never had any real problem against him. The anime tries to mitigate this by having Hody further his steroid overdose to actually extend the fight further against Luffy... and let's just say that some of the fan-base wasn't as appreciative of this.
    • Sugar of the Donquixote Pirates, during the S.O.P operation of the Dressrosa arc. She was defeated by an unintentional Jump Scare from Usopp. A defeat that symbolized a turning point for the entire arc.
      • Averted later though after she wakes up and Usopp epically defeats her again in a very nail-biting situation.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The crew-separation saga which went on for over a hundred chapters before finally deciding to continue the journey with the 2-year Time Skip. While the arcs that took place here weren't anything bad persay, others were just tired of all the side-journeying and wanted to see the crew together again.
    • Skypiea and Fishman Island usually get called out for being these due to their feeling of disconnect compared to the rest of the established universe, and for their StoryArcs being particularly long. Skypiea's worst offender was perhaps the overly long Noland flashback while with Fishman Island, it was because its enemy, the New Fishman Pirates, were hard to consider as a true threat to a Straw Hat crew coming off 2 years of training.
    • Dressrosa is starting to head this way after the fanbase realized that what looked to be the finale for the arc ended up getting vastly extended after Doflamingo activates Birdcage; setting up yet another massive hurdle just for Luffy and company to reach Doflamingo and his crew. It has become the longest arc of the series as of yet, and since there is a regular horde of various characters doing each their own thing, it may still last for a while.
      • One of the main reasons is that the "Bird cage" had no foreshadowing. It just seems like an arbitrary power-up, handwaved by the shocked reaction of Law.
  • Archive Panic: As of March 2015, the manga is at 780 chapters and the crew is only on the second island on the second half of the Grand Line. Eiichiro Oda is not even close to being done with the series.
  • Ass Pull: A number of them. The most infamous is the classic "Pell surviving a city-destroying bomb with absolutely no justification." Also a bit egregious considering Luffy's earlier speech to Vivi about how it's naive to think that the major conflict of the arc could be solved without anyone dying.
    • In the anime fillers, Luffy's defeat of Don Achino was easily this because Doc Achino had the power to generate craptons of heat, enough to take casual lava baths. In the final moments of the fight he tries to ram right into Luffy, who grabs him with his bare hands, shouts a few times, and throws him across the battlefield, ultimately suffering only a few minor burns from the ordeal.
    • In the 4kids dub, Usopp happened to have the Log Pose Grand Compass they needed, and which they got in the removed Laboon arc, all along. Vivi had a second Eternal Compass, which they got in the removed Little Garden arc, for Alabasta, meaning the issue of deciding whether to trust Robin was pointless.
    • Though this may just be another case of God Never Said That for this series, Oda has reportedly stated that in his own opinion he has done only one of these: Crocodile being vulnerable to blood.
      • Though this has more to do with Crocodile's weakness being liquids in general, not just blood and water.
    • Blackbeard having the ability to absorb a second Devil Fruit was largely this. There was a bit of foreshadowing, but no real explanation was offered for how it's possible. Even supposing his Devil Fruit's abilities could be construed to give him Devil Fruit extraction (and it'd take some really wild thinking to get that), it's stated that the reason he can survive two abilities is because of him having a special body, not his Devil Fruit.
  • Author's Saving Throw: As of late, Oda has been rectifying some of the moments the fanbase took exception to. Usopp beating Sugar out of sheer luck? Sugar gets up again, requiring Usopp to use actual skill this time, unlocking Haki in the process. Sanji's infamous nosebleed scene? He's back to his old self by Punk Hazard. The list goes on.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Believed to have happened at some point during Gekko Moria's Backstory, after he got owned by Kaido. The WG seemed to be somewhat aware of this, since when they heard Luffy, who'd recently caused the collapse of Enies Lobby and defeated Rob Lucci, was at Thriller Bark, they sent Kuma to assist Moriah. He still forced Luffy to throw everything he had to take him down, and still had enough balls to take on Curiel, 10th Whitebeard Division Commander during the Paramount War. Then he got one-shotted by Jinbe, a fellow Warlord. After the war, he was deemed too weak for his position, and the WG sent Doflamingo and some Pacifistas to eliminate him, but he escaped (though apparently near death).
    • This also happened with Buggy. At the start of the series, he was actually a very threatening foe despite his comical nature and perhaps Luffy's very first true challenge in his adventure (previous villains Alvida and Morgan didn't give him much trouble). In later appearances, he tends to be treated as a weakling with exceptional luck (with the exception of his blind followers), being a rare case of villainous Can't Catch Up. This was made explicitly clear during their second reunion in Impel Down: Buggy warns him about The Faceless Blugori guards, struggling to take down one. Luffy beats about five and goes as far as to take on anyone in his way in the prison up to warden himself.
    • You could make a good argument about this concerning Usopp between the beginning of the Time Skip and the Dressrosa Arc, believe it or not. He came out of the Timeskip a Bad Ass, showing no fear as he took on the Fishmen in the Fishmen Island Arc. Once they reach the New World? He instantly becomes scaredy-cat Usopp again on Punk Hazard! And he's even worse in Dressrosa, where he actually abandons the dwarves when Trebol shows up, and he's well out of the room before they inadvertently guilt trip him into coming back. He even physically looks noticeably skinnier again, at least compared to how he was when he first came off those two years. Fortunately, he makes up for it with a huge boost in determination later on, and one of his most awesome moments up to that point, where he takes down Sugar from an insanely long distance, with Kenbunshoku Haki.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "EVERYBODY! ZOMBIE NIGHT!"
    • Also the royal guards from the Alabasta saga; they show up out of nowhere, having apparently drunken "death water" that gives you superstrength for a few minutes before killing you - a plot device, incidentally, that had never been mentioned before and hasn't been mentioned since. They take a few completely ineffective swings at Big Bad Crocodile, promptly keel over dead, and no one mentions them ever again.
    • The pack of wolves initally annoyed with the Straw Hats camping in Upper Yard decide to have a party with them over the bonfire. Though, at least this one has a Call Back at the end of the arc.
    • Shiki's dance number in the 10th movie.
  • Bile Fascination: Some people actually want to watch the 4Kids dub (which is becoming increasingly difficult) just to see how awful it is.
  • Broken Base: Viz's translation. Some are annoyed at the translation choices and usual lack of swearing, while others tell them "stop whining, nobody cares; it's the same story, so read it". It gets messy.
    • The series in general post-Time Skip has been more polarizing than ever before. Reasons include the ease at which several antagonists are defeated (people are more lenient about the New Fishman Pirates because they were right after the Time Skip and were excusable as one big Warm-Up Boss), perceived inequality of protagonists outside of the Monster Trio getting into fights with antagonists above mook level after Fishman Island and actually winning before a Monster Trio member takes over, the increased sexualization of female characters (the series has always provided Fanservice with skimpy outfits, but not as much with body shape until now) and the aforementioned pacing issues.
    • 4Kids' Theme Tune Rap. Some enjoy it for its catchy tune, even calling it one of the few redeeming qualities of their torrid run with the show, while others, such as MarzGurl, lambast it for being a Piss-Take Rap.
    • The anime's attempt at Adaptation Expansion has been this as of late (combines partially with the Padding issues) as the additions made by the anime either make or break the scenes from the original manga, but the moments it really rubbed people the wrong way was when Fishmen Island came around. For example:
      • Hody vs Zoro was actually a nicely animated five minute fight in the anime, but in the manga, it's only a OHKO on Zoro's part to which detractors will claim that it made Zoro look pathetic for being held up by this enemy no one considers a true threat.
      • Then there's the end of the arc where it's discovered that the anime attempted to extend the Luffy vs Hody fight. In the manga, Hody just gets one single bite on him, but in the anime, Hody can actually keep up with Luffy after an extra steroid overdose and ends up posing a threat for several minutes. While some thought that this made the fight against Hody feel less anti-climatic as it was in the manga, others said that it, like the Zoro case, made Luffy look weak.
    • The fact that Oda has taken a strong No Hugging, No Kissing stance on the show believing that any sense of Romance would ruin the show. Certain fans, particularly shippers, strongly disagree with him and believe that there are plenty of good stories by letting in an Official Couple or two in the story. Not to mention on how certain fans accuse him of trying a bit too hard to reinforce certain negative stereotypes regarding Shonen Manga. However there are also plenty of fans who agree with him and/or at least respect his stance on it.
    • In general, the frequent break the manga takes is a point of contention among fans. Some accused Oda of being lazy and ran out of ideas. Others, especially those who knows about his workaholic tendency and their consequences (he once collapsed and had to check-in to the hospital for months) are more understanding and willing to wait.
  • Catharsis Factor: Nico Robin serves this probably as much as that OTHER service. Nearly every single enemy she faces, she breaks the spine of. Spandam, the guy who made her life hell during Enies Lobby? OH GOD YES! Yama from Skypeia? It was for being ignorant to history, one of her Berserk Buttons. Amusingly, she can achieve this without fighting. In Thriller Bark, when the others were docking, she was the only one that wasn't. And later, (Anime Only) when Sanji was dreaming about her docking, she properly shut him up via Death Glare. Very refreshing to see that gags go differently than expected.
  • Complete Monster: Has its own page now.
  • Continuity Lockout: So very, very much. It is a true test of character to try to describe the series to a person who has never heard of it.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Luffy. Sailing up a geyser and once absorbing a hundred souls (when most badasses can only hold two or three), are some of his saner plans.
    • Franky. Take a guy, dress him up in a Hawaiian shirt and speedo, then watch as Oda consistently (and successfully) challenges himself to make that the least bizarre thing about him.
    • Brook's first appearance convinced Luffy this guy needs to brought into his crew, due to this.
  • Creator Worship: Eichiro Oda has been mentioned at least three times on this site as being awesome, crazy prepared and an author who never forgets.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: So very much...
  • Cult Classic: In North America. In its native Japan, it's a massive Cash Cow Franchise.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Princess Shirahoshi, depending on who you ask, for her tendency to cry frequently.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Law, Crocodile, Enel, Doflamingo, and to a lesser extent Kid.
  • Dueling Shows: With Naruto, Bleach and Fairy Tail. Along with One Piece, the former two are often referred to as the "big three" of Shonen.
  • Ear Worm: Have you even HEARD the 4Kids' version of the opening!?
  • Ending Fatigue: The Dressrosa arc, already suffering from Arc Fatigue, fell into this as the final blow was stalled off for several chapters, putting focus on random citizens running and the protagonists trying to slow down the Birdcage. For added fun, there was a hiatus right when Luffy got ready.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: PORTGAS. D. ACE. He basically popped into the story, introduced himself, showed off his hot shirtless physique, blasted a Baroque Works fleet with his fire powers, then left without really doing anything. Since then, he has had precisely one fight scene in the manga before getting some serious James Bondage. These few exploits (not even enough to fill a volume) were enough to rocket him to the very top of the popularity polls, and he is often (if not always) the most popular non-Straw Hat character regardless of his minuscule screen/panel-time.
    • Just the fact that he was usually the most popular non-Straw Hat makes it that much more shocking when he becomes the first major character (besides the Merry) to die outside of a flashback. In a series when a minor character can be at the center of a explosion with a 5-km diameter AND NOT DIE, that means a lot.
    • Perona has shades of this as she ranked in the last popularity poll as fifth most popular female character in the series, and is also the most popular character from the Thriller Bark arc surpassing even Kuma. Her popularity has grown so much she is now playable in some of the new One Piece games, where most playable characters are either main villains, the Straw Hats, the Warlords or important Marines. She placed 21st in the fifth popularity poll, above notables such as Vivi and Whitebeard.
    • Trafalgar Law zoomed up to the top ten in the fourth popularity poll before he even did anything. He was a hot guy with a fuzzy hat and had a high bounty. That was it. He did turn out to be one of the more interesting of the 11 Supernovas, though.
      • And he just earned some serious points by showing up at Marineford in a submarine to save Luffy and Jimbei.
      • Not to mention the Punk Hazard arc, where he plays a major role. And his alliance with Luffy.
      • He became so popular that he ranked #2 on the 5th popularity poll, surpassing Zoro who held the #2 rank for the four previous popularity polls.
    • Urouge of the Eleven Supernovas ranked 24th in the 4th popularity poll, above Crocodile and Whitebeard, despite minuscule screen time and plot relevance. He is the third most popular Supernova after Law and Kid, and had done even less than them at the point he placed. He moved down in the fifth poll, but is still the third most popular supernova.
    • The series' tendency toward Laughably Evil Quirky Miniboss Squads has let a few of the minor villains gain fanbases. Especially Kaku, who plays Laughably Evil to great effect in his fight with Zoro and placed high in the polls for his efforts.
    • After the events in Impel Down, Mr. 2 Bon Clay certainly skyrocketed in many fan polls.
    • Monet from the Punk Hazard arc has also gained quite a fan following.
    • Bartolomeo from the Dressrosa arc is definitely getting up there in popularity because of his fairly unique personality and hilarious over-the-top worshipping of the Straw Hats. His popularity truly shows when he ranked #9 on the 5th popularity poll.
    • Hancock, largely due to fans that find the Amazonian empress going ga-ga over The Hero to be cute and hilarious. She climbed to 10th, in the 5th character poll, higher than Robin (11th), with the only other female character scoring higher being Nami (8th).
    • Marco of the Whitebeard Pirates placed twelfth in the fifth character poll, beating three Straw Hats and his own captain.
    • After years without knowing anything about him, with his spectacular return in Dressrosa arc Sabo became so popular that he ranked #5 on the 5th popularity poll.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Naruto (especially with the Dueling Shows dynamic), Bleach and Fairy Tail.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • MANSOPP (all caps, no exceptions) for the Time Skip Usopp.
      • GODSOPP (courtesy of what Doflamingo labels him as in the Dressrosa arc)
    • Also, the crew that impersonates the Straw Hats after the Time Skip are referred to collectively as the Flawhats.
    • Sabuto. Sabo the character... plus Naruto's voice actress.
    • Throughout the Dressrosa Arc, a lot of characters with long names are given in-universe nicknames. Most notable are Doffy (Doflamingo) and Cabbage (Cavendish). Naturally, the fanbase refers to these characters by their nicknames any chance they can get.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: Go onto any forum frequented by One Piece purists and use a term from the 4Kids dub. Better yet, go to any forum and say "Zolo". Go ahead. Nothing will happen.
  • Faux Symbolism: Blackbeard's last name (Teach) was also the same for the Real Life version. Whitebeard's first name (Edward) was also the Real Life Blackbeard's first name. Thatch was an alias used by the real Blackbeard sometimes. By killing them both and taking Whitebeard's powers, Blackbeard has truly become... Blackbeard.
  • Foe Yay: Surprising absolutely no one, we have Doflamingo, who jokes about how Crocodile siding with the pirates instead of the World Government is "making me jealous".
    • Nami and Kalifa were very Foe Yay-ish. At one point, Nami admires how smooth Kalifka's skin must be and how she would want her to be her own Sexy Secretary. Lampshaded when she reminds herself that she isn't a Dirty Old Man.
    • Eustass Kid and Trafalgar Law, despite being introduced relatively late to One Piece fandom, have quickly become one of the most popular pairings of the Supernovas due in part to their position as reluctant and snarky Strange Bedfellows.
    • A good argument could be made for Zoro/Tashigi.
  • Friendly Fandoms: In general, fans of Dragon Ball are usually fans of One Piece, due to the similar art style and tone. It helps that Eiichiro Oda practically idolizes Akira Toriyama.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Ace's debut scene, sans a flashback a few episodes back, shows him apparently having up and died while eating; it turns out he just fell asleep and Hilarity Ensues... except now he is dead so... yeah.
    • When you rewatch Ace's Alabasta arc scenes and see him acting fairly cheerfully, he comes off as a Stepford Smiler if you consider his childhood.
      • Not really; after everything that happened with Luffy, and after joining Whitebeard, he was genuinely happy.
    • Any scene or moment that plays Senor Pink's baby outfit for laughs is not going to seem very funny anymore after the guy's backstory is revealed. He lost his only son, and his wife was put into a vegetative state after an accident. The only way he could make her smile and react to him was by putting on his son's old clothes.
  • Fridge Horror: It's fantastic that the Rumba Pirates were able to record their final performance for Laboon, but... wouldn't the sounds of the dying crewmembers hitting the deck and Brook's laments at the end have also been captured on the Tone Dial? Not to mention how the music just utterly stops when Brook dies...
    • This troper always thought Brook's laments were thought, not spoken, and the tone dial could always be paused by someone...
    • Speaking of Brook, he might not have gotten it back while it was fresh... but thank goodness he found his body as a full skeleton. No, seriously. What if he had found it while it was still decomposing?
  • Fridge Logic: How exactly do linguistics work in the One Piece world? During the Baratie Arc, one of Sanji's co-workers very specifically calls him an "Italian Spaghetti" as an insult... despite the fact that Italy doesn't even exist in this world. Also, for a series whose world is easily more multi-culturally influenced than other anime (compare Dueling Show Naruto, whose entire world is essentially Japan), it seems every race and every country in the world speaks Japanese.
    • While this may count as WMG, the World Government has been around for 800 years. That's more than enough time to institute a universal language.
    • This is the same series where pushing is lethal, and where there are islands in the sky and underwater, along with there being gravity powers, right? Honestly, logic comes and goes in this series as it pleases. Mr. This Troper knows how crazy it can get.
    • In addition, text in the series is written in a number of different languages. It's predominantly Japanese and English, but there is also stuff like Italian in Water Seven and Spanish in Dressrosa.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: One Piece has quite an impressive fanbase in Germany, although still nowhere NEAR as huge in Japan.
  • Genius Bonus: For people who know chemistry, the drug NHC-10, which is highly addictive but sometimes used as medicine by certified doctors. The chemical name for methamphetamine, another highly addictive drug, is C10-H15-N, nearly NHC's reverse.
  • Growing the Beard: Happens literally in the case of Blackbeard, whose namesake grows thicker and darker with every major appearance.
    • In the case of the series itself, many fans note that One Piece really started coming into its own during the Arlong Arc, and even after a few hundred chapters, simply hasn't stopped delivering in entertainment.
      • As for the anime, it really came to be its own series with the greater animation budget, fighting scenes and overall story with the beginning of the Water 7 arc.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: News of Ace's death came shortly (as in within days) after Funimation released the first dub episodes of the Alabasta arc on their site. Said arc featured him as a Guest Star Party Member for a few episodes. It makes things unsettling.
    • Double whammy: Episode 437. Luffy's determination to reach Ace is to the point that he gets up even though poisoned, and beats his head against the bars of a cell to break out. Even considering the expression on Luffy's face, watching that scene was hard, when you consider that all his effort and sacrifices will ultimately be in vain.
    • Also, remember Bon Clay's Heroic Sacrifice and his facing down Magellan while Luffy and Co. got away? Yes? Remember Bon Clay's last words to Luffy? "YOU MAKE SURE YOU SAVE YOUR BROTHER!!!"... Ouch.
    • Basically, to everyone who's read through the Marineford Arc, yeah... so how's watching any of the anime episodes holding up for you?
      • There's a villanous example with Arlong; his rants about Fishman superiority over humans ("Heaven gave us the power to separate us from you! So WE ARE DIFFERENT! Humans are lower than fishman from the day they're born!") takes on a horrifying twist when it's revealed that Fishmen have been savagely persecuted by the World Nobles and he in all likelihood was once a slave. And then think about how the World Nobles see themselves as gods; Arlong's ranting comes off as deeply embittered counterarguments against that kind of thinking instead of standard Fantastic Racism.
      • Arlong killing Bellemere has another Tear Jerker layer to it. Fisher Tiger gave his crew the command to not harm humans, no matter what. Not only did Arlong rob Nami of her adoptive mother, he also broke his promise to his captain.
    • In the Jaya arc, Zoro brings up the possibility of getting a new ship, which Usopp yells at him for. Anybody who knows what happens to the Merry later on will find that brief moment to have a much stronger impact.
      • Made even worse when Luffy reassures Usopp by calling Merry an irreplaceable member of the crew. Makes the future event of Usopp leaving the crew, and dueling Luffy even more heartbreaking.
      • In the Volume 15 SBS, Oda explains sailing ceremonies, where a bottle of liquor is broken against the bow of a new ship to celebrate its completion. If the bottle doesn't break, the ship is cursed with bad luck. Right after that, Oda drew a short scene where Kaya is performing the ceremony for the Going Merry. The bottle doesn't break.
    • The Marineford episodes where Blackbeard gains Whitebeard's quake powers and unleashes them on Marineford, causing Tsunamis to head towards Sabaody was aired shortly before the 9.0 Quake and Tsunami disaster in Japan. OUCH.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: Fisher Tiger and Koala. Even after the ambush from returning Koala to her village by the Marines, he declared on his deathbed that she, not knowing of the hatred between humans and fishmen, represents the hope for a better future. Skip to fifteen years, and find out that Koala has joined the Revolutionaries, and when she's not starting uprisings against oppressive governments, she's teaching Fishman Karate in Fishman Island. She's also a good friend of Hack, a fishman who's an acquaintance of Jinbe's.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Young Sabo's line of "What is ramen? Does it taste good?" is especially hilarious when you know about his voice actress' more popular role.
    • The Return to Sabody Arc which features fake Straw Hats impersonating the crew to obtain minions becomes this when you realize Disney released a movie about their own version of pirates which involved a similar plot.
    • Shortly after the flashback about Corazon, Doflamingo's brother who wears a black version of his iconic pink coat, scientists discovered this.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: Tends to rise the farther along the Grand Line the Straw Hats sail.
    • With a very sharp increase ever since Amazon Lily, and especially since the start of the Marineford arc.
    • Post-timeskip? Off the charts.
      • Considering Desssrosa, charts don't exist here.
  • Ho Yay: Nothing needs to be said about Zoro and Sanji, which is steps into Foe Yay territory. Also, Zoro's Heroic Sacrifice for Luffy heavily contributes to the fuel.
    • Chaka and Pell, seeing how they are usually seen side by side.
    Chaka: I still... can't accept your death. I can't even shed tears. Why is this, Pell?
    • Brook and Yorki had an awful lot of smiling and touching going on, especially in the anime. Which just makes that flashback even more depressing when you get to all the inevitable tragedy.
    • Coby and Helmeppo skirt the edge between very good friends and boyfriends. The filler doesn't really help. Taking Coby's fanboyish adoration of Luffy into account, an argument could also be made for a Helmeppo-Coby-Luffy triangle.
    • Calgara and Noland from the Skypeia Arc flashbacks. The entire arc hinged around their tragic separation and the suffering both of their descendants endured as a result.
    • Has its own page now.
  • I Knew It:
    • It was always a belief among the fanbase that Luffy and Ace were not directly related. However, nobody thought that Ace was the son of Gold Roger.
    • Sabo being alive, and that he had become one of Dragon's revolutionaries. What surprised people the most, apparently, was his new character design.
      • This got to the point that the anime removed nearly all ambiguity from Sabo's brief reunion with Luffy, choosing to show all of him but his eyes. The manga kept him in shadow before he adopted Luffy's disguise.
    • Happens a lot thanks to Oda's fondness of Foreshadowing. Certain plot events can be seen from a mile away if the reader pays enough attention.
  • Hype Backlash: With a good bit of Hype Aversion. While certainly a good anime, it's still massively over-hyped, what with the fans constantly singing its praises while endlessly bashing any other anime, sometimes without real reason.
  • Ink Stain Adaptation: The 4Kids dub.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Going Merry gets replaced by the Thousand Sunny.
    • Ace dies.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Montblanc Cricket had to deal with the shame of his heritage because of the legacy left behind by Norland. His own (original) crew abandoned him when he decided to resolve his issues with the shame placed upon his ancestor. He initially was annoyed with the Masira and Shoujou for being fans of the tale. But came to love them and admitted he was glad they came along as the loneliness after being abandoned by his original crew was unbearable.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Obvious joke aside, several major characters get this treatment, such as Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Usopp, Robin, Ace, Nami and Law.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: After the Marineford Arc, I think it's save to say that Oda's absolutely subverted this one as much as it can be subverted.
    • Although he much more often inverts it; characters that seemed almost certainly doomed in their last appearance (Pell, Bon Clay, Brownbeard) have a tendency to suddenly turn up alive and well for no apparent reason.
      • In terms with Oda, He Will Do It, No Questions Asked.
  • Magnificent Bastard: A number of the series' Big Bads, particularly Crocodile, Doflamingo, and Blackbeard.
  • Memetic Molester: Caribou
  • Memetic Mutation: "Oda never forgets." Made increasingly more obvious the further into the manga one reads.
    • Of course, this is stupid, as never forgetting has just about nothing to do with it in comparison to the fact that Oda has obviously planned out everything years in advance.
      • Actually, according to what he has said in interviews he DIDN'T have the entire plot planned out from the start, just the ending and general storyline direction. There's a reason he originally only planned for the series to go for about five years...
    • Still counts, as he planned the outline, then remembered the finer details of the plot, and may have even came up with new ideas or even improved on original ideas. So it's not that stupid.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Surprisingly, the biggest example from this series is probably bit-part Ms. Exposition character Domino, who for whatever reason has found herself the star of a series of popular hentai doujinshi portraying her as a Hermaphrodite dominatrix.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • The marines and pirates. Marines are often played as evil by the fandom who are run by corrupt Jerk Asses and Smug Supers while the pirates are romanticize as freedom loving people who want to live life to the fullest outside the law. For the most part, the marines are portrayed as morally questionable to morally corrupt and several good pirate crews are seen such as the Straw Hats, Shanks' crew, and the Whitebeard Pirates. However, it is made clear that crews like the Straw Hats are exceptions and most pirates are evil, cruel, and murderous. Marines for the most part are good (or at least try to do the right thing) and want to protect people from pirates and other criminals. The dynamite between pirates and marines is more a case of Grey and Grey Morality, while fans tend to simplify it to pure Black and White.
    • Devil Fruits. Fans love seeing the different abilities of an user and what crazy things the characters can do. They are also fans who think Logia have the best powers, being elemental and closed to impossible to harm, while Zoan and Paramecia Devil Fruits are often seen are lackluster with the exceptions of the few. There are even fans who believe Luffy has a terrible power, only being a rubber man. This is ignoring that it is stated in-universe that there is no such thing as a bad Devil Fruit, just bad users, and Devil Fruits becomes more powerful the more imaginative the user becomes. One of the reasons why Luffy is so powerful is because he makes good use of his powers and creates new ways to take advantage of his rubber body. The same with Zoan types who combined their natural fighting ability with those of the animal they can turn into.
  • Narm: Editing in the 4Kids dub removed any drama and tension from any scenes involving guns, one of the biggest examples being very early in the series, when Helmeppo held Coby hostage with... whatever the hell this is.
    • Inverted to hell with the Funimation dub. Not only did they not edit any of the scenes, the dialog is arguably more risque than the subtitled version.
  • Narm Charm: You know how in Eragon everyone cries "a single tear"? Yeah, just try that with One Piece and see if it works.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • One Piece, and to a lesser extent, Oda, will always be known for ruining a perfectly established sacrifice by allowing Pell to somehow survive a nuclear blast despite last being seen carrying the bomb to a safe distance, and having it explode in the sky along with him. It's because of this particular incident that Nobody Can Die became relatively well-known throughout the series, and is described to be the worst Ass Pull that Oda ever wrote throughout the entire manga.
    • Out of universe. The fandom has been rather vocal about how certain things have gone in the Dressrosa Arc; the sheer length issues aside, it'll be a while before Usopp's newfound (oldfound?) cowardice is forgiven, as well as the supposedly New World ready Luffy allowing himself to be hurt by mere Bellamy (a permanent sufferer of Can't Catch Up), which has sparked a bit of an outcry (a potential justification is that Luffy believed that Bellamy was now his friend and was trying to talk him out of exerting himself while he was half-dead).
  • Nightmare Fuel: Surprisingly, there is quite a bit.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: As hilarious/awful as the 4Kids dub was, it still attracted people who eventually became fans of the Japanese dub, the Funimation dub, or the manga.
  • Padding: One of the solutions the anime uses to avoid overtaking the manga. Albeit justified, it can be a bit grating.
  • Periphery Demographic: In Japan, the manga is apparently very popular with middle-aged housewives...
    • According to this post http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2011/02/10/one-piece-readers-90-adults/ (might be NSFW), only 12% of One Piece readers in Japan are below 18.
      • As one poster in the comments section pointed out, the reason why the younger generation reading may seem smaller in the figures is because entire families tend to buy One Piece and read it together.
      • Consider also the fact that this series has been running for over fifteen years now. If someone has been reading/watching since the very beginning, they'll be adults now. Of course it says something that they'd still be fans as adults.
    • If this is even half right, One Piece's true periphery demographic appears to be... everyone who doesn't normally read/watch manga/anime (aside from Sazae-san). It's that popular.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Usopp. He quit the Straw Hats, came back as Sogeking, left and came back as himself and is now fairly happy about the Sunny. Especially since there's a little boat thing Franky made named the Mini-Merry that we saw at the beginning of Thriller Bark.
    • Oda has the amazing ability to do this for a lot of characters by adding Hidden Depths to them. A recent example would be Bellamy The Hyena during the Dressrosa arc.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Lots of it! It's amazing how many little details Oda adds in each chapter.
    • Hell, it's amusing to reread/rewatch just to look for Panda-Man!
  • Ron the Death Eater: Garp for his role (or lack of one) in Ace's Death is this for parts of the fanbase who are either unaware of the complex morality of the series or reject it entirely. Magellan is another frequent target for the same reason.
  • The Scrappy: Absalom, to such a degree that Oda was shocked to receive fanart of him. Also, as mentioned above, Usopp after leaving the crew.
    • The Tontatta began to get on people's nerves when their gullibility, originally humorous for getting Robin to Jaw Drop, led to stupid decisions in more serious situations.
  • Scrappy Weapon: The Op-Op Fruit has become one as of late due to how unbelievably overpowered the fanbase considers the Devil Fruit to be. Many Trafalgar Law detractors who hate on the character are usually only because he is the current possessor of this fruit.
  • Ship Tease: Being in a world with No Hugging, No Kissing, this was bound to happen.
    • Sanji and Zoro get loads of Ho Yay/Foe Yay scenes and filler has no problem having them sleeping with their faces an inch apart or having them Almost Kiss twice.
    • Even in canon. There's Franky/Robin, Usopp/Kaya, Luffy/Nami, Zoro/Nami, Sanji/Nami, Vivi/Kohza and Zoro/Robin… hell, it's apparently possible for everyone in the crew to be shipped with everyone else… even Chopper thanks to Chapter 654 (with Nami taking a shower in front of him and offering Chopper to join her)!
    • In fact, Zoro and Nami have a lot of Belligerent Sexual Tension. Add in Nami the Tsundere and Zoro the Jerk with a Heart of Gold and you have a winner.
    • Nami isn't Tsundere towards Usopp, but instead she's been seen to be quite fond of Usopp from times to times. She wept after he left during the Enies Lobby arc and was the most adamant to defend him against Zoro when he came back. She also buried his face in her chest when they meet each other after the Time Skip. The way they also comment on how they have developed gender-wise ("You have become a little manlier, Usopp!", "I've seen you have blossomed too, Nami.") is not too common for two friends to do.
    • Luffy/Hancock made fun of this and Mary Sue fan characters in general, apparently. It's very easy to ship them together since Hancock is unambiguously madly in love with Luffy, but Luffy, being Luffy, never noticed, or is simply not interested. He even blatantly said "I'm not gonna marry you!" at one point… doesn't stop her trying to get him, though.
    • There's even Usopp/Perona for the fact that Usopp called Perona "cute" at some point of their fight and also being the only man besides Moria to tame her bossy personality to the point of making her call him "Usopp-sama", something not even Zoro or Mihawk could do during the 2 years timeskip; bonus points for the rather suggestive way Perona floated through Usopp and how the Usopp vs Perona fight ended: he left her tied to a bed covered with a sticky sustance and completely passed out.
    • And now there's Robin calling Jimbei "handsome".
    • While we're still on Robin, there was a precious little moment in Chapter 673 when she lets Franky rest his head on her lap, a gesture that's considered even more intimate in Japan.
      • In the SBS for volume 48, Oda was asked who would be the mom and dad if the Straw Hats were an official family. He answered that Robin and Franky would be the mom and dad to the rest of the Straw Hat crew, with the exception of Grandpa Brook.
      • In the SBS for Volume 76, Oda was asked what the Straw Hats would be if they weren't pirates (or the obvious jobs like cook for Sanji and doctor for Chopper). He answered that Franky would be a pilot and Robin would be a cabin attendant, implying that the two of them would still be working close together even if they weren't pirates.
    • There is also some involving Nami/Luffy. For example, whenever Luffy leaves his straw hat behind before fighting an opponent, he always gives it to Nami for safekeeping. Also, there have been times where Nami's been in danger and the person she thinks about the most is Luffy (examples come from Strong World Movie). Justified in how he is the captain, strongest member of the crew, and therefore the most likely person to be able to save her.
      • To extend on this, there was a small moment at the end of the Alabasta Arc in which the Straw Hat Crew went to the hot springs, and when Usopp and Sanji want to peek on the girls (Nami and Vivi), Luffy comes along with them. That's not all; when Nami notices them, she does the Happiness Punch attack (in which she shows herself naked), and Luffy reacts along with them, complete with slight nosebleed. This is Luffy we're talking about, whose only canon lovers consist of meat and adventure, and if we take into account that he did not react with perversion at all when seeing Hancock, the in-universe sexiest woman alive, then that says tons. Although considering what Word of God has said about the manga, he might just be messing with his fans a bit.
  • Signature Scene: One Piece has a ton of these. The more notable ones being:
    • Pretty much all the Straw Hats have one.
      • Luffy as he first sets out to sea on his little boat where he uses Gum Gum Pistol to knock away a Sea Monster. The odd thing about this scene was that the anime actually skipped this at the start of the series, but we got to see it much, MUCH later when they adapted the Luffy/Ace/Sabo flashback arc.
      • Shanks passing down his straw hat to Luffy is easily a cover shot for the series.
      • Luffy's Gear Second pose.
      • Zoro holding his sword up, swearing to Luffy he will never lose again, after getting defeated by Mihawk.
      • Zoro standing tall, his body completely destroyed after fighting Ryuma, Oars with Moriah, Bartholomew, and THEN taking all of Luffy's damage taken from all his previous battles. It marked the first time in the series Luffy didn't fight with the strongest villain of the arc, and one of the other Straw Hats surpassed him in feats.
      • Usopp's apology to the crew for leaving them at Water Seven.
      • Sanji's tearful farewell on all fours to Zeff and the Baratie crew.
      • Nami's breakdown leading her to finally ask Luffy for help, to defeat Arlong.
      • Chopper looking at Drum Island covered in Cherry Blossoms, seeing the Doctor's dream come true.
      • Robin's declaring to the rest of the crew she wants to live, at Ennies Lobby.
      • Franky's "star pose".
      • Brook asking Luffy if he may join the crew, while playing the piano during the Thriller Bark celebration part.
    • Gold D. Roger's execution. The current world of One Piece wouldn't exist without it.
    • Shanks losing an arm to protect Luffy from a Sea Monster, which solidified his Parental Substitute Badass status to Luffy.
    • Monkey D. Dragon's first appearance in Loguetown.
    • The crew departing from Alabasta, holding their arms up with the X mark towards Vivi.
    • Going Merry's funeral, the crew watching the ship burn as to remember their adventures with her.
    • Ace's death, which marked the first time in the series that someone important in the current timeline was Killed Off for Real. More specifically, the shot of Luffy screaming in the air, crying, as he holds his lifeless body.
    • In the flashback, Luffy, Ace, and Sabo, becoming brothers over three cups of sake.
    • Zoro taking out Hody Jones. WITH ONE SLASH. UNDERWATER. This is the scene that let us know just how powerful the Straw Hat Pirates got.
    • GEAR! FOURTH! We have been waiting for TEN YEARS for this moment to happen. It signified that shit is about to go down in Dressrosa.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The Singaporean English dub by Odex.
  • So Cool It's Awesome: The Marineford Arc.
    • The whole series, pretty much.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Minor case with Enies Lobby. Nico Robin was given the deal of giving up her freedom, in exchange for the rest of the crew's safety. When said crew come to save her, Spandam states that they will be thrown into Impel Down, regardless of the deal. However, he kept up his part of the deal, but that doesn't give the Straw Hat Pirates the right to beat up around five hundred guards (by that point) and just get off with a slap on the wrists. Regardless, Robin and Franky claim it's just a minor technicality that he is abusing. Though, to be fair, he likely would've chased the crew later, given half the chance.
  • Squick: The thought of Ace's mother, Portgas D. Rouge, holding him in her womb for twenty months just to keep the Marines from finding out he is Gold Roger's son.
    • Dr. Hogback. Pretty much everything he does. His comrade Absalom also indulges in copious amounts of Squick, from licking women to the fact that most of his body was Frankensteined together from various animals.
    • And then there's the fact that Vander Decken hasn't washed his hand in 10 years. Eww!
  • Too Cool to Live: Whitebeard, a seventy-something giant of a man with earthquake powers, a big-ass Blade on a Stick and a sweet 'stache. Based on a hard-drinking war veteran Oda knew, this guy takes on The Government and the Seven Warlords to save his "son". Sadly, it wouldn't have been believeable for him to be an antagonist to the main characters, so for the sake of the plot, he had to go.
  • Tear Jerker: Sadly, there's a page now...
  • Teasing Creator: Oda has made a career out of this trope, but his biggest moment is going on his scheduled one week break right after revealing the existence of Gear Fourth.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: There are instances of characters being introduced with hints of backstories, intriging designs, and character quirks only to be completely dropped soon after. The most egregious example are the General Zombies of Thriller Bark, who almost literally had a bridge dropped on them.
    • Same with many pirates during the Whitebeard arc. And lots of tiny things, like the Mr. 7 and Miss Father's Day vs Usopp sniper fight that never was. But there's plenty more where that came from.
    • Subverted in that Oda is very good at adding subtle details that make sense much later in the story.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some of the Devil Fruit powers (or even some of the character designs) may occasionally fall into this area. For example, Gekko Moriah's ability to create living corpses.
  • Unfortunate Implications: There has always been some controversy about Oda's portrayal of females (namely their near homogenized designs compared to the wide variety of males and Oda's alleged protectiveness from serious injuries since his daughter's birth), complaints have reached a head during the Dressrosa arc.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Koala's first appearance fooled certain fans into thinking she was a boy. On the one hand, she had huge, black irises with lights like any other female character. On the other hand, she had messy hair (due to not being able to have a haircut and combing when she was a slave) and wore boys' clothing (probably the only clothes her temporary village could provide her instead of her slave rags), so readers may have thought the eyes existed only to make "him" look cute.
    • Cavendish, but only if you're looking at his face, which is drawn in a way that is usually reserved for female characters (big expressive eyes with large irises). The rest of his body should easily indicate that he's male.
    • Dellinger of the Donquixote Pirates. There's nothing about him that screams that he's a boy; he is much leaner than the usual One Piece male, has androgynous looks, wears high heels and speaks like a teenage girl. When a fan mistaking him for a girl thanked Oda in an SBS for finally drawing a flat-chested female since the Hotter and Sexier Time Skip, Oda explained that Dellinger had been raised like a girl by Jora.
  • What an Idiot: The New Fishman Pirate generals thinking being crushed by Noah would somehow serve as revenge against the humans, and Neptune not warning the Straw Hats that they just sent one of the Four Emperors a bomb after desperately convincing himself that it was a dud.
    • Squard, for being convinced that Whitebeard sold them out and stabbed him for it. Although the lie was somewhat convincing and it did hit a sore spot, it didn't change the fact that it was coming from a Marine, and that the entire attack strategy could've been orchestrated to make the lie more believable. Even Squard is deeply angered and depressed over his own stupid actions once he realizes he was lied to.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The Punk Hazard arc, full stop. Giant skulls? Dragons? Flying bird lady things? Gas mask men who are lamb people underneath? Centaurs? Giant kids in a nursery? Moving, talking blob who is the leader of said lamb people? Giant, frozen corpses? Poison gas on the island? Trafalgar Law making an inexplicable appearance? Franky's beetle-jaw hairstyle?. Didn't they teach Oda in school not to mix LSD with crack? Granted, it will probably make sense later on, but this whole arc is getting to be pretty "out there".
    • Although, to be fair, the same could be said for the entire series. We've seen Islands in the Sky, a habitat for giant birds with key-shaped beaks, along with bizarre fish such as "Skysharks". We've seen a hypnotist that moonwalks everywhere he goes, and a man who tried to turn the main characters into a giant wax cake. That last one gained powers from a mystical fruit, variants of which have been used by over half of the series' characters. Oh, and our heroes include a rubber man, a skeleton with an afro, a cyborg, and a reindeer doctor. One Piece is screwed up.
    • Don't forget that we have weapons which swallowed Devil Fruits and from there on it possesses the ability to morph into the animal which their fruits' power offered. For example, a sword swallowed a Devil Fruit which made it able to morph into an elephant, and then there's a gun which is able to morph into a dog.
    • Also, Trafalgar Law actually makes the entire arc make sense, given his already-established Devil Fruit ability.
    • As long as we're talking about One Piece and how it seems like a drug trip, pushing is lethal, people can talk to each other from long distance with snails, and the rubber guy? Apparently he has some forms he can use: Second Gear, Third Gear, and just recently, Fourth Gear! So in short, this series is jacked.
  • The Woobie: Almost everyone (either in flashback, during the present day, or both).
    • Chopper, Robin, Brook. Also Coby in the beginning.
    • Usopp in Water 7. First he gets the crap kicked out of him by a gang of characters Zoro defeated single-handedly, losing two-thirds of the Straw Hat crew's fortune. To make matters worse, the crew doesn't even get angry; they just feel sorry for him. Then he tries to get the money back, but he gets flattened again. His ship, a gift from his girlfriend's dead parents, is broken beyond repair and nobody else seems to care (he was absent when Luffy protested the carpenters' assessment, although Luffy doesn't mention this). He challenges Luffy to a duel for the ship and loses, and then Luffy gives him the ship anyway. While spending the last of his money on the repair effort, he gets kidnapped by a vengeful cyborg, told once again that his ship is going to die, kidnapped again, and forced to watch as his beloved ship is callously thrown into the sea. Subsequent jerkassery aside, you can't help but feel for the guy.
    • And now Ace, who spent his life being told his father was a monster and wondered if he should've been born.
    • Luffy qualifies as well, having fought past his physical limits and sacrificed years of his life, only to see Ace killed in front of him while trying to protect him. His grief and frustration over his weakness is enough to make him temporarily give up on trying to be King of the Pirates.
    • Garp. Watching the two boys he raised as his own grandsons grow up to be notorious pirates, and then seeing one of them captured and sentenced to death, sparking the biggest war between pirates and marines in recent memory, you know the poor guy's got to be all kinds of torn up.
      • Especially considering that Garp is a high-ranking Marine and is thus obligated to side against them, or at the very least stay out of the way as his coworkers try to kill his grandsons. That is a seriously unpleasant situation to be in. He thanks Sengoku for holding him down after Ace gets fatally wounded, because otherwise, he would have tried to kill Akainu in a rage.
    • Really, if a character isn't a bad guy, or if he/she is a bad guy for a solid excuse, about 95% of the time you'll want to just drop everything and give them a big bear hug. A series full of Determinators can do that to you.
    • Trafalgar Law, at 10, saw his family, school friends and country exterminated by the World Government, and was left unable to believe in anything only wishing to cause destruction before he'd die of a fatal lead disease. Until Corazon saved him.
      • Speaking of Corazon, the single panel before he confronts his brother, he's shown as a child in broken tears being left as an orphan after his brother murdered their father and Sengoku is there asking him if he doesn't have any other relatives to come along with him. It's amazing Cora grew up to be such good hearted person.
  • Woolseyism: Captain Kuro's ultimate attack, "Shakushi," is actually a very heavy Japanese pun. The kanji read "Death Ladle," but are pronounced in the same way as "rice ladle," with the "Shi" kanji meaning rice replaced with a different but identically-pronounced one meaning death. This, in turn, refers to a Japanese turn of phrase, "cats and rice ladles" (which means a large and diverse group of things, similar to "Everyone and their brother" in English) fitting the feline theme of his crew. This obviously wouldn't make sense in English, so both the 4kids and Funimation dubs, as well as Viz's manga, translated it as "Cat out of the Bag," which preserves the spirit of the same as it's a pun on a cat-related turn of phrase, just in English this time.


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