YMMV: One Piece

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Some fans believe that Luffy is 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 You Look.
    • Also Kaido, Good Is Not Nice showing that Moria's not ready by killing his crew, but spared him of mercy, Jerk Ass who killed his crew for no reason or a monster who drove Moria insane through killing his crew in the implied horrific way possible.
      • If anything this is a case of Premature Character Interpretation considering that Kaidou has yet to make even one appearance in the manga.
  • 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, high than such fan favorites as Jinbe, Ben Beckman or Kaku.
    • Shirahoshi's apparent successor in this regard is Rebecca from the Dressrosa arc, who is shown as a good fighter in the Corrida Colosseum tournaments, but as an otherwise weak fighter in "real" fights, making her come off as a Faux Action Girl . 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.
  • Angst Dissonance: Shirahoshi and Rebecca, to an extent.
    • Shirahoshi has good reasons to cry a lot, as 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.
    • Rebecca running away from Diamante is justified, as not only was she too weak to take him on in a real fight (especially one-on-one), but he also traumatized her by gloating about her mother's death by his hands, but many American fans dislike her anyway.
  • 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.
  • Archive Panic: As of April 2012, the manga is at 660 chapters and the crew has barely landed on the first 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.
    • 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.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Believed to have happened at some point during Gekko Moria's Back Story, 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.
  • 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 Fishmen Island arc. Was the years of hype worth the wait or not?
    • Dressrosa is another Base Breaker arc, but rather than quality, the main issue here is length.
      • 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 who believe that there are plenty of good stories by letting in an Official Couple or two in the story. Not too 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 him and/or at least respect his stance on how he is at least a lot more honest about it unlike Masashi Kishimoto and Tite Kubo. (In which Naruto and Bleach have plenty of All Love Is Unrequited that is played up for drama regularly despite how both Mangaka have similar No Hugging, No Kissing rules which have caused all sorts of problems amongst the shippers in those shows.)
      • Boa Hancock was created as a comical Take That to shippers namely Hancock is a blatant Ms. Fanservice who is openly revealed to be madly in love with Luffy however it was quickly revealed that Luffy has no feelings for her whatsoever in which this is Played for Laughs. However Luffy X Nami fans once noticed on how Luffy can see Hancock nude and not react at all but has had nosebleeds when he sees Nami nude and find it as a subtle form of Ship Tease. Oda has tried to counteract that by trying to claim that Luffy was never aroused by Nami at all either he was just imitating Usopp at the time during those scenes. Needless to say fans have debated whether if that was a reasonable explanation or a poorly Hand Waved Relationship Writing Fumble.
      • Though conversely some point out that Oda's "No Hugging, No Kissing" rule really only applies to the Straw Hat crew, in which Oda is okay with the idea of some secondary characters getting a love life. Granted certain side characters get caught up in some All Love Is Unrequited angst but not all of them do.
  • 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.
  • 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!?
  • 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, his spectacular return in Dressrosa arc Sabo become 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.
  • 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.
  • "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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The Marineford episodes where Blackbeard gains Whitebeard's quake powers and unleashes them on Marineford, causing Tsunami's 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 she 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ink Stain Adaptation: The 4Kids dub.
  • 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 that 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
      • 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.
      • Ussop'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.
  • 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 fillers 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.
    • 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.
  • 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: Two good examples.
    • 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". Fans have been speculating for ages on whether or not he'll die like the Real Life person who inspired him. Oops, he did. But in the coolest way possible.
    • Ace. A perpetually shirtless, sexy as hell Ensemble Darkhorse with a Woobie factor of 11 and stoppable flame powers. Sadly ended up with a fist made of magma through his incredibly sexy chest.
      • Ace is a far more debatable example, as it could be easily argued that he was put under this trope mostly because he's a great example of an Ensemble Darkhorse. Thing is, he's simply never shown doing anything all that impressive, and in a World of Badass like the One Piece world, nothing even remotely close to qualifying him as being Too Cool to Live.
      • Well, he did fight a Seven-Warlords Fishman in a multiday battle that ended in a Draw. And when Whitebeard came by looking for the punk trying to take his head, Ace managed to get to his feet and challenge him. Presumably he's gotten stronger since then, being on Whitebeard's ship and all.
    • Many of the flashback characters.
  • Tear Jerker: The page for events that cause this reaction.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 in 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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     Straw Hats 
Monkey D. Luffy
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Quite a lot of it, mostly regarding his apparent intelligence and leadership skills.
  • Crazy Awesome: Like you wouldn't believe.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Believe it or not, he can actually pull this off during his fights, most notably with Krieg and Crocodile.
  • Memetic Sex God: Oh yes. After all, everything on his body stretches.
  • Misaimed Fandom: His lack of interest in the opposite sex has lead some fans to believe that he doesn't even know how babies are made. At all. Word of God denies this, saying that he's aware of the differences; he's simply not interested, going into Celibate Hero territory (even if he's a Chaste Hero). Some hints in the series supports this too, especially at Amazon Lily and his interactions with Hancock.
    • Ho Yay: Between most of the male members of his crew, particularly Luffy/Zoro, and Luffy/Sanji. Predictably during the Impel Down arc, there's been Luffy/Mr. 2 as well, as also between the Supernovas Luffy/Kid, and especially Luffy/Law.
    • Foe Yay: Luffy/Crocodile is probably the most prominent. There's also Luffy/Buggy, and Luffy/Doflamingo.
    • Ship Tease: Luffy/Nami, especially in the 10th movie. Then there's Luffy/Robin, in which an entire arc was based on rescuing her. There's a lot of Luffy/Hancock too, though it's entirely one-sided on her part.

Roronoa Zoro

  • Base Breaker: She's either a cute, Badass pirate girl who parents and scolds Luffy for understandable reasons, or she's a greedy bitch who cares little about the welfare of others and has become more of a token of Fanservice than a character.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Not surprising, considering she's canonically considered pretty by many male characters.
  • Never Live It Down: The fact that Luffy carried her and Sanji with every last ounce of strength he had to the top of a mountain in snowy, ice cold weather so they could have medical treatment, and then hits him when he later rips her jacket for important reasons, left a very bad taste in fans' mouths.
  • Ship Tease: Most notably with Luffy. When Luffy's hat needs safekeeping, she's usually the one taking care of it on his request. He has also glomped her on several occasions (with gummy-stretched arms around her). Then there's the biggest example that left shippers almost fainting; Luffy nosebleeding upon seeing Nami naked at the end of the Alabasta Arc, which he didn't do when he saw Hancock. Then there's a lot of small bonuses in the 10th movie.
    • She's also had this with Zoro, Sanji, Usopp, Paulie and even Chopper.

  • Base Breaker: He's either the funny comic relief with a No Respect Guy status (and someone the fans can relate to the most), or he's just an annoying load who slows the team down. Reached its peak when he held the Conflict Ball and temporarily left the crew in the Water 7 arc. After the Time Skip, he's not as much of a Base Breaker as before.
  • Memetic Sex God: It's safe to say that his amount of fangirls mounted after the Time Skip due to his manliness upgrade. Very safe.
  • Never Live It Down: His victory over Sugar through an unintentional Jump Scare is thought to be one of the worst moments in the entire manga (perhaps rivaling Sanji's nosebleed explosion) due to the thought that the turning point of the Dressrosa arc came down to a dumb stroke of luck.
    • Keep in mind that, Usopp's defeat on Sugar wasn't 100% luck, as it was her own self that brought her downfall, and said downfall would have never happened if it wasn't that Usopp decided to get back to the scene and try to help, against 2 enemies not just superior in power than him, but even superior to Robin herself.
    • Before this and with an even bigger backlash was him deciding to quite the crew during the Water 7 arc when Luffy made the decision to scrap the Going Merry and get a new ship. This one got so bad that there were fans calling for him to be written out of the series as they felt he proved he was more trouble than he was worth, and even post-Enies Lobby you could still find fans who hadn't forgiven him.
    • Author's Saving Throw: Thankfully, he gets a second attempt to defeat Sugar properly when she regains her consciousness; including his introduction to using Observation Haki.
  • One True Pairing: Usopp/Kaya
  • The Scrappy: Got a bit of hate for his decision to leave the crew and duel Luffy over his decision to abandon the Going Merry
  • Ugly Cute: Once you get used to his unique appearance, some fans agree that he's not that ugly, just goofy-looking compared to the other Straw Hats (and there are plenty of characters who are uglier.)
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: As canonically the weakest crew member, got this quite a bit pre-Water 7.


Tony Tony Chopper

  • Shipping Goggles: He has his share of shipping, but it’s mostly limited to Robin and sometimes Usopp.
    • Ship Tease: Franky/Robin shiptease has peaked up in recent anime episodes. The new Opening Narration shows Robin helping Franky with his inventions, when the helper’s role is usually given to the crew’s another inventor, Usopp. Additionally, when Franky and Robin meet after two years, their conversation is filled with ship tease starting with Franky openly and loudly complimenting Robin’s appearance. Then there’s Franky’s reaction (or lack of) to Boa Hancock when the crew sees her. It seems that the creators of the anime have really taken Franky and Robin’s roles as official Team Dad and Team Mom seriously.


Vivi Nefertari
  • Iron Woobie: She went through a lot of crap with Crocodile, but she definitely doesn't show it.
  • Mary Sue: Deconstructed, actually. Sure she's sweet, kind, and selfless; the only member of the Royal Family that people liked during the rebellion (partly because she disappeared before things got really bad), showed startling amount of maturity at 10 years old during a world conference, infiltrated an organization threatening her country's stability when she was 14, and is an honorary Straw Hat. However, she was also like any other child, in that she was occasionally mischievous, and it got her into trouble. Her sensitivity and empathy made her fear anyone getting hurt or dying on her behalf, which actually worried Igaram whether she'd be a strong leader when she grew up, and that fear later developed into Chronic Hero Syndrome which would get her into a fight with Luffy when he called her out on it, along with making her Crocodile's personal Chew Toy. Her optimism often masked the anxiety over her country, and a seething hatred for Crocodile. Her experience made her knowledgeable of the Grand Line and the threats facing the Straw Hats, but she'd often neglect to tell them. Her fighting skills were surprisingly good even for her rank, but amongst the Straw Hats, especially the "Monster Trio", they weren't remarkable (she's unable to defeat a single giant banana-gator, but Luffy defeats several even while weakened by ankle-deep water). She did simultaneously go through Character Development and Took a Level in Badass before the crew left her.
  • Shipping Goggles: Most popular pairings seems to be Vivi/Kohza (for obvious reasons) and Vivi/any Straw Hat.

Bon Clay

Emporio Ivankov
  • Base Breaker: It depends on whether you find transvestites squicky or not. Putting that aside, he's seen as awesome for helping Luffy out during the Impel Down Arc and Marineford Arc, or creepy and villainous for switching people's gender without their consent (even if they're villains themselves).
  • Crazy Awesome: A No Celebrities Were Harmed Gonk Gender Bender version of Dr. Frank-n-Furter with KISS make-up who can switch sex on the fly and fights with weaponized winking? If he doesn't Squick you out, he is this.
    • Although he's apparently based on an real person from Mayumi Tanaka's dance troupe… who briefly got to voice Ivankov in the actual anime until he was fired due to getting busted on drug charges.


Captain Morgan

Captain Kuro
  • Evil Is Cool: Come on, you have to admit that he is quite stylish. Just look at the picture up there!

  • Moral Event Horizon: When he kills Nami and Nojiko's Mom right in front of them. And if that wasn't bad enough, how about forcing Nami to make all of those maps for him for pretty much her whole childhood?

God Eneru
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Despite being probably the most certifiably insane character in the series, many fans love him for his undeniable Badassery and hope for an excuse to bring him back down from the moon.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Planning on destroying Sky Island, killing everyone on it.

Rob Lucci
  • Magnificent Bastard: Deduced Iceburg's relationship with Franky and the ownership of the Pluton blueprints on heartbeat speed alone, and single-handedly jeopardized the Straw Hats' entire mission and almost killed them by breaching the walls of Tower of Justice with the air from his kick, allowing water to escape through and drown Luffy's nakama... just to piss him off.

  • I Knew It: Since the Whitebeard War began, there were numerous fan predictions and fake spoilers of him showing up with the Level Six prisoners. Sure enough, he did, but not when they thought, him stealing Whitebeard's power and with Avaro Pizaro either.
  • Magnificent Bastard: He's no Crocodile, but still pretty damn cunning and effective.

Gold Lion Shiki
  • What an Idiot: Has two good opportunies to finish Luffy, but didn't rather just going into Hannibal Lecture mode and leaving him to die. During the final moments of his last battle, he could've stopped Luffy anytime he wanted. But figured the lightning storm would do him in. Apparently no one taught him that rubber doesn't conduct electricity. By the time he realized his mistake he got a Gigant Thor Axe smashed down on him.
    • To be fair, a few characters forget what the advantages of being a Rubber Man are to Luffy. Even Nami is reminded time to time.

Vander Decken
  • Magnificent Bastard: What he does in chapter 626 qualifies. He takes advantage of the confusion of the burning of the signatures and Queen Otohime being fatally shot so he can get close enough to Princess Shirahoshi to use his Target-Target ability on her. Just so he could later marry her and get a hold of her powers to summon the Sea Kings.
    • He would be if he arranged it, but he merely saw a good opportunity and took it. Turns out the fire was Hody's doing, so they unintentionally advanced each others' aims.
  • Squick: Decken hasn't washed his right hand in over ten years. That's just gross.
    • Pfft, that's nothing when you consider how old Shirahoshi was when he touched her and decided he wanted to marry her. She was six.

Hody Jones
  • Breather Boss: He's possibly stronger than most of the early series villains, but he's nowhere near the foes Luffy faced at Marineford or will face in the New World.
  • Nightmare Fuel: His transformation (Chapters 643-644) gave him costantly open eyes and huge, gaping mouths worthy of a Murloc. His whole attitude and plans for the future contributes to the scary aura.

  • Magnificent Bastard
  • Moral Event Horizon: Crosses it in his introductory appearance, by destroying a ship containing Ohara's civilian population on the mere chance an archaeologist might have been on board – and keeps on running with it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The way his powers are depicted in the anime is downright terrifying. It doesn't help that the sound effects that come with said power are usually the ones you hear when something rather... unpleasant... happens to a human body in anime.

Caesar Clown
  • Breather Boss: Less so than Hody, but he still fares very poorly against Luffy and hammers home another basic truth: having a Logia without Haki or something else to back it up is not going to get you very far in the New World.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Gassing his own man in an experiment, causing hallucinations, headaches and nausea, then finally incinerating his test subject is bad enough. He then goes further, when it is revealed that he gets LITTLE KIDS hooked on a drug so they won't run away from the facility where he's experimenting on them.
    • Gets better. You know the children? Turns out that the experiments that he's performing on them will kill them within FIVE YEARS. Yep. What a nice guy.
      • He kills one of his minions to test his One-Winged Angel powers
      • He plans to take Smoker down with him via his heart. He is a Monster.
  • Never Live It Down: Not entirely a fault on Caesar's part, but many people refuse to get over the anime's attempt to extend his final confrontation with Luffy, and serves as a perfect example of Adaptation Expansion done wrong; by turning what was a OHKO from Luffy when he used Gum Gum Grizzly Punch on him... into a minute long tug-of-war struggle between Luffy's punch and Caesar's gas powers, and effectively ruined a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Luffy.

     Seven Warlords 
Dracule Mihawk
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The most recent character poll placed him at 12. To put this in perspective, Whitebeard came in at 69!
  • Epileptic Trees: There's a theory among certain circles of the fandom that Mihawk and Shanks conspired to stop the Whitebeard War.
    • Quite a few people believe he has Color of the Supreme King Haki, despite being unable to injure Buggy, which he should have been able to do if he was using a technique that explicitly cancels out Devil Fruit based defenses.
      • Understandable, as Buggy managed to hide the fact that he is a Devil Fruit user from the Marines when prisoned in Impel Down, so naturally a loner like Mihawk had not such information of him. Besides, we shoud forgive these minor details for the Rule of Cool.
      • Not to mention Buggy is so far from Mihawk's level, it's not like Buggy even would have been worth the effort.

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: He's either a Magnificent Bastard who happens to be a sociopathic dick or an irredeemable monster who still manages to pull off a Magnificent Bastard routine.
  • Epileptic Trees: What most guesses are about his third weakness.
    • Poison Oak Epileptic Trees: A very popular guess is that he's Luffy's mother. Seriously. This is mainly based on the fact that whatever other "secret" Crocodile has, Ivankov (who can change peoples genders at will) is the one who knows it. Not so much "poisonous" as is it "deadly."
    • An SBS possible drawing from Oda about what the Warlords, including Crocodile were as children, this disproves the above theory.
  • Evil Is Cool: The best example this manga has to offer.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Going by Japanese popularity polls, he's not too popular in One Piece's home country. American fans, however, practically worship the guy for embodying Evil Is Cool.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Largely considered to be the premier one of the series.

Bartholomew Kuma

Donquixote Doflamingo
  • Magnificent Bastard: As much of a self-centered asshole as he is, Doflamingo has proven himself to be comparable to Crocodile in terms of the shit he's pulled off.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It's very, very hard to tell exactly what the truly qualifying event was given his long line of awful deeds, but the usurping of the Dressrosa throne by using his Devil Fruit abilities to force Riku Dold III into going on a rampage, then coming in with his crew and defeating him so as to look like heroes was probably the point where he demonstrated how truly vile he really was.

Boa Hancock
  • Base Breaker: While things have settled down a bit due to lack of screentime, she can be a rather controversial character. However, judging by the amount of merchandising for her, as well as frequent playability in the video games, she's certainly a popular character in Japan. Oda hasn't held a popularity poll since 2008 (prior to her introduction), though, so it's not entirely easy to gauge.
    • She made it 10th in the 2014 poll, so her popularity is still going strong.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Kicking a kitten? Cliche but amusing way to establish a villain as a Jerkass. Having said character pull a Heel-Face Turn and subsequently kick a puppy and a baby seal at the same time? Hilarious.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Was initially this prior to her Heel-Face Turn, but since then, she's been more or less vindicated for her villainous actions, so her fandom (which is quite loud, vocal, and scary) isn't uncalled for.
    • She somehow managed to climb to 10th, in the latest popularity poll, higher than Nico Robin despite having not appeared in well over a hundred chapters.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Initially the woman in the Warlords, and Draco in Leather Pants for hotness, her background story and following love for Luffy which introduces some possibilities for another possible candidate to ship for Luffy and in addition to how Adorkable her romance scenes are, she has sky-rocketed at least in some of the fandom, then again, in the other portion of the fandom...
  • Jerkass Woobie: She's cold, bitter and only cares for a handful of people. She's also an escaped slave of the World Government who fears being cast out along with her sisters if anyone learns of this.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The message that Luffy does not return her feelings (or is even aware of them) is about as subtle as a brick to the head. But then, that's the point. Oda throws a lot of Ship Tease in, before shooting it down, then throws a lot of it back in, just to shoot it down again. Expect that cycle to keep repeating for however long Hancock plays any role in the story. And for it to be hilarious.

  • Epileptic Trees: Jimbei is one in a long line of characters who've been speculated to be the next new addition to the Straw Hat crew, and he's one of the most recent additions to that list following the Impel Down arc. The information that's been revealed so far about him (including his guilt at Arlong's actions in East Blue, his promise to Ace to protect Luffy in case anything happens to Ace, his discarding of his Warlord title despite said title being part of what protected Fishman Isle from outside attacks, his mutual grief with Luffy over Ace's death, and his promise to wait for Luffy at Fishman Isle shortly before the Time Skip begins) and the fact that Luffy willingly let him out of his cell in Impel Down after only a moment of consideration seems to support it thus far, but only the outcome of the current Fishman Island arc will tell whether he will in fact join them or not.
    • As of chapter 649, Luffy has officially asked Jimbei to join, but Jimbei declined, stating there is some business he needs to take care of first (we later find out it relates to his crew and Fishman Island's assocation with Big Mom) and then he will join.



  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The very fact that he's on the Major Villains list of One Piece despite being second fiddle to Lucci says a lot about both of them.

  • Too Cool to Live: He lives up to his title as the world's strongest man. However, given his personality and his motives, it'd be hard to buy him as an actual enemy for Luffy, and his presence would prevent a lot of potential plotlines regarding the New World. So for the sake of the story, he had to go.

Portgas D. Ace
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Very little screen time. VERY popular character.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: During his cover story, he hilariously blows his cover by punching the daylights out of a Marine who talked smack about Whitebeard. That quirk gets him again in Marineford, with heartbreaking results; when Akainu mocks Whitebeard as a failure, Ace fights him, and gets killed as a result.
  • Jerkass Woobie: When he was a kid. Sure, he had a damn good reason for it, but that doesn't excuse the fact that he left a young Luffy to fend for himself in the forest. Even more so since Luffy just wanted to be his friend.

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite being shown a few times so far, he's among the most popular of the Marines. It helps that he's more or less the Garp to Luffy's Roger, and that he's shown many qualities that make him not so different from Luffy himself, including his protectiveness over the subordinates under him and a strong sense of justice. Combined that with the fact that he's a shirtless Badass, and it's no wonder why many fans banging down Oda's door to bring more of him into the story.

  • Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Arguably subverted. She may be a tomboy in looks and personality, and cares more about being respected as a fighter, but as far as on-screen wins go, so far she isn't as effective as certain other female characters who embrace their beauty and femininity more than she does… such as Robin and especially Boa Hancock.
    • After the timeskip, it did change somewhat. Having ascended to rank of Captain, one of her first post-timeskip actions is to deflect a goddamn cannonball and she managed to defeat Monet with Zoro's help. However, she got her ass kicked easily by everybody else at Punk Hazard and deflecting a cannonball is not that big of a deal in One Piece. She still has a bit to go before shedding her Faux Action Girl traits.

Big Mom
  • Epileptic Trees: Loads of it, mostly her identity, and whether she's Lola's mother.
    • Some people also assume that she has plant-related powers seeing that her jolly roger is decorated with plants and trees.
    • She had acidic saliva, so it's more likely this is her power
  • Nightmare Fuel: Easily one of the series' most terrifying characters.

  • The Woobie: When he eventually finds out that the treasure chests he was guarding were empty.

Mont Blanc Noland
  • The Woobie: He struggled to return to Jaya/Shandora to fulfill his promise, but by the time he got there, Calgara's tribe had been blasted into Skypeia, and he got executed for "lying" to the extremely greedy and incompetent king.

Trafalgar Law
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Reached the top ten character poll, before doing anything. Must be something to do with him being Mr. Fanservice.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Well, he's more morally ambiguous, but we'lll give him that.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Shaping up to be one, having entered Punk Hazard, making a dangerous deal with a Mad Scientist, screwing over his old boss, and about to leave with exactly what he wanted out of it.
  • The Woobie: Hoo boy, when you learn of his backstory... He was born with a terminal disease common to Flevance that will kill him in his teens, and his friends and family were killed in a war (the war happened because people outside of his country thought said disease was contagious), and he had to hide under dead bodies just to escape unnoticed... no wonder he became so embittered that he wants to destroy everything before he dies and seek to join Donquixote Pirates to that end. At least he did get a new caring figure, Corazon, which supposedly turned Law for the better, until Doflamingo killed him too, after which he defected from the group and swore for revenge.


  • Complete Monster: Killed prisoners and later killed fellow Impel Down workers for simple fun. It says a lot that Magellan loathes him.

  • The Woobie: Poor kid just can't catch a break, can't he? He's raised by a Noble family who only sees him as a tool to advance their social status, fears being forced to become part of that corrupt society, and ultimately is killed while trying to escape to freedom. Only not.

  • Americans Hate Tingle: She was simply disliked by many fans due to her whiny personality (and this also gets on Luffy's nerves; he often calls her "Wimpy" or "Wimpy-hoshi"), but came in position 28 (out of 101) in the fifth (Japan only) character popularity poll.
  • Moe: A rare breed in a series filled with Action Girls.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Shirahoshi's Crying/Wailing simply gets old very fast.
  • The Woobie: As if having a violent Stalker with a Crush who relegated her life to a lonely tower for 10 years wasn't enough, the poor girl had to endure with bearing the secret of the identity of her mother's assassin all that time. All the while struggling to not hate said assassin because of her promise to her mother.


Mr. 3

Mr. 5
  • Moral Event Horizon: He blows up Dorry's ale, nearly killing him, and ruins a 100 year battle of honor. And HE JUST LAUGHS ABOUT IT. He's pure evil, no joke.
    • Another strong contender is trying to kill Mr. 9 and Ms. Monday (they've been shown to have survived and started a family together) for trying to do a Go Through Me on him, while mocking the concept of friendship.


  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Cool design, neat ability, interesting backstory... and he'll probably never appear in anything One Piece-related outside of the 2012 Premier Show. Damn...

     Anime-Only Characters 

Count Butler
  • Moral Event Horizon: He'll do anything in order to obtain the power of Giraffelion's Antlers... including capturing and mutilating thousands of animals in order to find the right antlers.

Shuraiya Bascud

Lily Carnation
  • Nightmare Fuel: Her true form is probably the most horrifying thing in the entire series… thus Far
    • Then there's the parts that if you focus on Lily that you actually see her chewing which you realize she's digesting Luffy's crew slowly on her HUGE LOWER STALK.