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. Basically, if you're a 16 year old princess that doesn't like violence, the Western fanbase WILL hate you.
    • 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:
    • 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 seems like one at first: she is defeated by an unintentional Jump Scare from Usopp. Later averted, as after she recovers from the initial Jump Scare, Usopp defeats her again in a very nail-biting situation, this time through perhaps the most breathtaking application of his Improbable Aiming Skills yet seen in the series.
  • 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 per se, 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 ended up heading this way after the fanbase realized that what looked to be the finale for the arc ended up getting vastly extended after Doflamingo activated Birdcagenote ; setting up yet another massive hurdle just for Luffy and company to reach Doflamingo and his crew. It became the longest arc of the series as of yet, and had a regular horde of various characters each doing their own thing that by the time the arc finally got to the real final match of Luffy vs Doflamingo, people just didn't care anymore, and wanted to finally move on to something else. Not even the introduction of the heavily-hyped Gear 4 was able to save it, especially when the final blow was stalled off for several chapters after the novelty of Gear 4 had worn off.
  • 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:
    • Pell surviving a city-destroying bomb with absolutely no justification is infamous in the fandom. Especially 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.
    • An Anime-only example: 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.
    • 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.
    • Toward the end of the tag battle against Doflamingo, Law suddenly reveals a massive "Room" to justify how he was able to avoid getting shot to death. Aside from the issue of how nobody could have noticed this, it's a bit hard to swallow that someone who'd been in such a heated battle and even (temporarily) lost an arm would be able to exercise his stamina-dependent abilities to such magnitude.
  • 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 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:
    • The magnificently bizarre "EVERYBODY! ZOMBIE NIGHT!" scene, where a bunch of zombies from Thriller Bark seem to break into dance.
    • 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 initially 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.
  • 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 World Government is either a necessary evil that in order to maintain order in a world populated by criminals with insane powers and monster strength has to Shoot the Dog more times than it would like or is a hopelessly corrupt organization that hides its flagrant abuse of power behind the pretense of justice for the sake of maintaining the status quo. Even Oda can't seem to make up his mind on the matter.
    • Who, if anyone, was an Anti-Climax Boss? Does Hody Jones (and the other New Fishman Pirates) get a free pass for being Warm Up Bosses designed to show how much stronger the Strawhats were post-Time Skip? Does Hody qualify as an Anti-Climax Boss in regards to his fight with Zoro, his fight with Luffy, or both? Furthermore, does the anime's Adaptation Expansion strip Zoro and Luffy or their badassery, or does it inject excitement into otherwise anticlimactic fights?
    • The 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 prior to the Time Skip women were mainly drawn as Noodle People, rather than with an Impossible Hourglass Figure. This is more prominent with anime-only viewers, as Toei often gives females larger busts (and more focus on their bodies) than Oda really gives them.
    • Is the Dressrosa Arc succumbing to Arc Fatigue and/or Ending Fatigue? Did the Punk Hazard Arc?
    • 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 & The Mysterious Mr. Enter, lambast it for being a Piss-Take Rap.
    • 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.
    • The frequent breaks 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 know 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.
    • Kaido also deserves special mention. His debut involves him climbing up to Sky Island and fricking BODY SLAMMING his way down to the earth. He doesn't do this to attack, mind you, he does this to see if he can handle it.
  • 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. Rebecca also counts, arguably more so because the story at least showed some awareness with Shirahoshi.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Crocodile is certainly one of the more reprehensible villains, but he does it with so much style and badassery that he has a pretty big fan following. After his actions at Impel Down and Marineford, his fanbase has only increased.
    • Enel might be a Jerkass with an enormous God-complex, but he is far-and-away the most capable antagonist the Strawhats faced to that point, and gets about shirtless for his entire arc.
    • Combine Crocodile's coolness with Enel's jerkassery, add in a heaping healping of camp and we have Donquixote Doflamingo.
    • Kid also receives some of this reaction, probably due to being one of the non-Gonk Supernovas, and his team-up with Luffy and Law to fight off the Marines in the Shabondy Archipelago.
    • Pirate Empress Boa Hancock. Interestingly, it's a rare case of fangirls idealizing a female character who's turned out to be good Possession Sue material. Otherwise, we wouldn't have so many fans who think she's going to join the crew and easily be the strongest, marry Luffy, and free all the slaves in the world. In reality, her overall moral character is still questionable; she doesn't really seem to care for anyone other than her family and Luffy. She's very sympathetic, and does have a genuinely good Freudian Excuse, but she's still not nearly as good as some of her fans would like her to be.
    • Spandam has a small Draco in Leather Pants fandom. He even wears a large amount of leather on the show, which may or may not be part of the reason.
    • Blackbeard. He gained a lot of fans through being Affably Evil and having his worst crimes (murdering one of his comrades and devastating Drum Island) happen off-screen. Even after his acts in the Marineford Arc confirmed without a shadow of doubt that he's evil and shaping up to be the Big Bad, he retains a fan following.
  • 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. In a series rife with these, he is the undisputed champion. He 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. He then 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 tenth place in the first popularity poll he appeared in. By the next (fourth) poll, he'd managed to overtake Robin and Nami. By the fifth poll, he'd managed to top Chopper, despite having been dead for almost 200 chapters by that point.
    • Perona: in the last popularity poll she ranked 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. After actually turning up to Marineford to save Luffy and Jinbei and his major role in the Punk Hazard arc, he climbed to #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.
    • 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 post-Time Skip Usopp. Following the label Doflamingo gives him during the Dressrosa Arc, this got upgraded to GODSOPP.
    • 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/Mingo (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 Romance Subtext:
    • 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's fight with Kalifa. 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.
    • Zoro and Tashigi. They seem impressed (to varying degrees) by each other's knowledge and commitment to swordsmanship when the first meet. Tashigi's resemblance to Kuina, Zoro's unwillingness to kill her, her mistaking this for chauvinism, and her subsequent The Only One Allowed to Defeat You attitude give their relationship some romantic subtext.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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…
    • Brook found his body fully skeletonized. 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. 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Ace's debut scene, sans a flashback a few episodes back, shows him falling asleep while eating, but the proprietor of the bar thinks he's dead and Hilarity Ensues And then he became the first character in One Piece to die outside of flashbacks.
    • Reviewing Ace's Alabasta Arc scenes and seeing him act cheerfully, some audiences consider his childhood and read him as a Stepford Smiler.
    • Any scene or moment that plays Señor 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.
    • The Marineford scenes 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.
  • 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:
    • 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 the death of Portgas D. Ace came shortly (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: In Impel Down, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. This is compounded 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.
  • 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 teaches Fishman Karate. She's also a good friend of Hack, a fishman who's an acquaintance of Jinbe's.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • 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. And Desssrosa, charts don't exist here.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page now.
  • Ink Stain Adaptation: The 4Kids dub reduced what is a mind-bogglingly popular Cash Cow Franchise in its native Japan into essentially a Cult Classic in the English-speaking world.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The Dressrosa arc has been getting some heat as of late for being an inadequate copycat of the Alabasta story. The primary offenders being that Rebecca comes off as a Replacement Scrappy for Vivi, and that the role of the Donquixote Pirates as Dressrosa's villain is what Crocodile's Baroque Works would have been had the latter's plan actually succeeded in taking over Alabasta.
  • It Was His Sled: Going Merry gets replaced by the Thousand Sunny.
  • 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, it's safe to say that Oda's subverted this one as much as possible. Prior to Marineford, in an inversion of this trope, characters that seemed almost certainly doomed in their last appearance (e.g.Pell at the end of the Alabasta Arc) had a tendency to suddenly turn up alive and well for no apparent reason. And then at Marineford two important characters were Killed Off for Real.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Sir Crocodile manipulated an entire kingdom into a civil war, while presenting himself as a hero to the country. His slogan for the plan was, "The love for this kingdom will destroy it." He toyed with the heroes by telling them about a bomb that would blow up the town square they were in, and was nearly impossible to stop because he had a backup in case his lackeys failed to set off the bomb. His plan was nearly flawless and would have succeeded if it was not for the unexpected return of The Hero, who he thought he'd killed.
    • Donquixote Doflamingo also made a gambit of taking over a country, and succeeded in a day and a night. He managed to keep power for a decade. His grip of the country was only shaken because of a single blunder by one of his subordinates, whose powers made everyone else forget about the very existence of the person who eventually led the resistance. Before that, he managed to position himself so well even his enemies (the World Government) were forced to cooperate. He also set himself up with one of the Yonko, Kaido, ensuring that anyone who went after him also risked the intervention of the Yonko. Even though he isn't as powerful as the admirals or the Yonko, he expertly maneuvered his way to the top. Only Luffy and Law are crazy enough/ have enough knowledge to hit him where it hurts.
    • Blackbeard. His Gambit Roulette slash Batman Gambit resulted in the biggest battle/war in the history of the series' world, and manipulated all sides involved effortlessly. He admitted the plan had gone through some snags, but he still got exactly what he wanted from it: Whitebeard's extremely powerful Devil's Fruit, and 4 of the strongest prisoners of Level Six of Impel Down, which holds the worst criminals in history, plus the former Head Jailer, a man equal to the Badass Warden. And he got away scot free, and because of the WG's pride, won't even be hunted down by them. All for his plan to become Pirate King.
    • Trafalgar Law, after the Time Skip. He become one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea in order to get in close on Caesar Clown in order to stop his production of the SAD, a chemical crucial in the production of artificial devil fruits, but he also used this attempt to press Donquixote Doflamingo into quitting the Warlords. He is Genre Savvy enough to befriend the protagonist, forming an alliance with him to take down Kaidou of the Four Emperors (who wanted the SAD chemical). And last, but not least: he tricked Caesar Clown into stabbing what Clown thought was Smoker's heart, while it in reality was the heart of his own second in command, Monet seconds before she would have released an attack that would have killed everyone except for Clown, which he would have been perfectly fine with. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • Buggy also qualifies, oddly enough. While not as personally powerful as the above examples, he made it across The Grand Line just fine prior to Impel Down. Once he got captured, he managed to conceal his Devil Fruit abilities while getting locked up in a supermax prison and thus avoided receiving Seastone restraints (and also managed to sneak in powerful explosives), used carefully worded lies and half-truths to talk a bunch of incredibly powerful and dangerous convicts into working for him, thereby gaining one of the strongest crews in the series, and post-Time Skip, it's shown he managed to talk his way into a cushy position as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, all while operating under the guise of Obfuscating Stupidity. He's essentially John Constantine in the form of a pirate.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Oda never forgets." Characters that showed up in the background, the frontispiece, or the letters page of the tankoubon editions will show up years latter (maybe over a decade in some cases) in a more or less important role. Made increasingly more obvious the further into the manga one reads.
  • 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 abilities of a new Devil Fruit, or what crazy things an existing character has learned to do since their last appearance. There are also fans who think Logia have the best powers (due to their elemental nature and Nigh Invulnerability), while Paramecia Devil Fruits may receive some respect for their versatility, and Zoan Devil Fruits (with the exception of the rarer-than-Logia Mythical Zoan) are generally regarded as lackluster in comparison. 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 lazy and unimaginative users who don't experiment to find new uses for their abilities the way Luffy, for example, does. Oda tries to drive the point home at the end of the Fishman Island Arc, when Caribou, a Logia-user that's overly confident in the Logia invicibility, gets utterly curbstomped every time he's on-screen, with Pekoms (who Caribou had immediately sold short for being a "mere" Zoan user) stating that "Logia-users that think themselves invincible don't go far in the New World" after taking down Caribou with one punch like the Logia was no big deal.
  • Misblamed: Those who don't like the Hotter and Sexier post-Time Skip female design often criticize Oda. While Oda is a self-admitted pervert and women have gotten curvier over the course of the story, he actually draws women's breasts to be much smaller and at a more consistent size than Toei, who are the ones really responsible for ballooning up bust sizes.
  • Narm: Now has its own page.
  • Narm Charm: You know how in Eragon everyone cries "a single tear"? Yeah, just try that with One Piece and see if it works. Oda has an uncanny ability to make Inelegant Blubbering work.
  • 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.
  • 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, One Piece is most often read by people who don't normally read manga. For very obvious reasons, it is especially popular with middle-aged housewives. Whole families read One Piece together. It helps that it's a notable Long Runner; people who started reading One Piece as kids might now have families of their own. Of course, it says something about the quality of One Piece that they are still reading.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Usopp had been unpopular with some sections of the audience prior to the Water 7 Arc. Then he took a flying leap off the slippery slope by quitting the Straw Hats in a moving but not particularly magnanimous fashion. Then he came back as Sogeking, rejoined the crew, and Took a Level in Badass or two. He has since been more well regarded by almost all sectors of the audience. (Except briefly during one incident in the Dressrosa Arc. See Badass Decay, above.)
  • Ron the Death Eater:
  • The Scrappy:
    • Absalom, the beast-faced man who sexually assaults Nami in the Thriller Bark Arc. The Scrappy to such a degree that Oda was shocked to receive fanart of him.
    • Usopp was briefly a scrappy due to widespread dissatisfaction with the way he quit the Straw Hats during the Water 7 Arc. Fortunately, Oda worked his magic.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • In chapter 643, Robin says she "can't turn down a request from a handsome man." The handsome man in question? Jinbei!
    • In Chapter 673 there was a moment where Robin 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. There's a particular moment you can hear the Japanese voice track (around 1:44 in the video), but with the volume turned down.
  • Squick:
    • The thought of Ace's mother holding him in her womb for twenty months just to keep the Marines from finding out that he is Gold Roger's son.
    • Dr. Hogback stiches together monsters out of the corpses of pretty much anything he can find. Including the actress he was infatuated with.
    • Absalom is— in short— a sex criminal whose body was Frankensteined together from various animals.
    • 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 chapter 784, where he revealed the existence of Gear Fourth.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: 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 literally had a bridge dropped on them. Well, bits of a bridge, anyway. The same goes for the many pirates introduced in the Marineford Arc. But there's plenty more where that came from.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Mr. 7 and Miss Father's Day vs Usopp sniper fight that never was.
  • Unfortunate Implications: While 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). Once you notice the rippling muscle beneath his conspicuously unbuttoned shirt, it's obvious he's… a he.
    • 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.
    • 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. Franky's beetle-jaw hairstyle?.
    • Outside that particularly… vivid arc, there have been islands in the sky (a habitat for giant birds with key-shaped beaks, along with bizarre fish such as "Skysharks"), a hypnotist that moonwalks everywhere he goes, a man who tried to turn the main characters into a giant wax sculpture, and snails as long distance communication. Our heroes include a rubber man, a skeleton with an afro, a Speedo-wearing cyborg, and a reindeer doctor. Many of these individuals gained their powers by eating a mystical fruit, which has also been shown to be able to be "eaten" by things like guns and swords.
  • 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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