YMMV / One Piece

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Show's subjective trope and audience reactions

  • Americans Hate Tingle: The princess characters seen throughout the story have received a lot of backlash from non-Japanese fans. If you're a 16 year old princess that doesn't like violence, the Western fanbase WILL hate you.
  • 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. That was the whole point, as Bellamy was a Small Name, Big Ego jackass who talked a big game but couldn't really hack it.
    • 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. The argument is made that this is intentional, as Hody Jones has several qualities in common with villains Luffy had already beaten in the East Blue, and him outclassing Hody and crew was a statement to how long ago they had surpassed such villains.
    • 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.
    • The Alabasta arc is an early example of what some fans see as too many characters in one story.
    • 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.
    • Oda's love of multi-chapter flashbacks, Loads and Loads of Characters, Call Backs, and all tropes Chekhov come to a head in the Dressrosa arc, the longest arc of the series to date. To wit: 2 and a half years in real life spent on the same island, about 10 individual flashbacks, a little over 50 named new characters, the reintroduction of several old characters, and 102 chapters of content. The anime's pacing for the arc was even worse, with 118 episodes aired in total (that's what using about 1/3 to 1/2 of one chapter's content for each episode will do). Skypiea, the previous record holder for longest arc, only had 66 chapters. In fact, Dressrosa went on for so long that the Dressrosa Saga itself dragged on for four years before ending.
  • Archive Panic: As of March 2015, the manga is at 780 chapters and the crew is only on the second island on the second half of the Grand Line. Eiichiro Oda is not even close to being done with the series.
  • Ass Pull: A number of them.
    • The most infamous is the classic "Pell surviving a city-destroying bomb with absolutely no justification." Also a bit egregious considering Luffy's earlier speech to Vivi about how it's naive to think that the major conflict of the arc could be solved without anyone dying.
    • In the anime fillers, Luffy's defeat of Don Achino was easily this because Doc Achino had the power to generate craptons of heat, enough to take casual lava baths. In the final moments of the fight he tries to ram right into Luffy, who grabs him with his bare hands, shouts a few times, and throws him across the battlefield, ultimately suffering only a few minor burns from the ordeal.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: When he started the series, Oda had concerns that the series' unusual, cartoony art style might turn away potential readers. While many consider it one of the series' selling points, there are indeed some people who consider the art style a turnoff.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The Davy Back fight that takes place between the Skypiea and Water 7 arcs is this. The battle against the Foxy Pirates left no impact whatsoever on later events, and Foxy only ever reappears in irrelevant Filler. This is a case where Tropes Are Not Bad, however, since the arc was short and served as a Breather Episode between Skypeia (which was fairly long) and Water 7 (one of the most intense, dark, and emotional arcs in the series).
    • The magnificently bizarre "EVERYBODY! ZOMBIE NIGHT!" scene, where a bunch of zombies from Thriller Bark seem to break into dance.
  • 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 official translator for One Piece at Viz has mentioned repeatedly on the Unofficial One Piece Podcast that while the manga does contain swearing in its original Japanese, it's not nearly to the extent that some scanlations he's seen take them to. This caused another divide regarding whose translations are more accurate.
    • 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.
    • The increased sexualization of females post-Time Skip; while Fanservice was originally just limited to occasional skimpy outfits, most prominent females now share an Impossible Hourglass Figure. Some obviously enjoy the change, while others feel that the figures are too unnatural to the point of Fetish Retardant. The anime drives this further, often ramping up bust sizes as well as giving them more attention.
    • 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?
    • Did the Dressrosa Arc succumb 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.
  • 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. Fans also deems him the "Jesus" of Shonen (when Akira Toriyama is the "God"). Oda himself acknowledged this: In one SBS, when one fan asks him what his greatest treasure is, he answers "of course, it's ALL YOU READERS."
  • Cult Classic: In North America. In its native Japan, it's a massive Cash Cow Franchise. Of course that was only while the show was under 4kids, after Funimation took over the show has seen a large increase in popularity to the point of being one of the top anime among American veiwers.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: The 4Kids dub lay in a pool of its own digitally erased blood, before FUNimation came along to give it a proper burial. Most people unanimously declare it a Macekre.
  • 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: All over the place, due to the Loads and Loads of Characters. See character pages for details.
    • 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.
    • Ryuunosuke, the dragon Kanjuro drew to transport the Straw Hats to the top of Zou, become an overnight sensation after Chapter 804, when he used all his strength to bring the Straw Hats to Zou, forcing him to the point where he dies and becomes a drawing again. Coupled with the fact that he was Ugly Cute, had a name, and got a lot of great reactions from the cast, the fandom's love for him has been ridiculous.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Naruto (especially with the Dueling Shows dynamic), Bleach and Fairy Tail.
  • 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.
    • Also, going onto a forum and naming either Mihawk or Shanks as the stronger of the two is a bad idea.
    • For an even worse idea, go on an anime forum and say anything even mildly positive about the 4Kids dub.note 
  • Fetish Retardant: The overly hourglass-shaped proportions of female characters (especially post-Time Skip) comes off as too unnatural to be sexy to some people. The anime tends to exaggerate their proportions further (particularly with much larger breasts) as well as upping the Male Gaze, further pronouncing this trope.
  • Fight Scene Failure: Ever since Toei became adamant toward not going any farther than adapting one chapter per episode, the action-scenes, for the most part, have been showing an obvious drop in quality in an attempt to pad each episode out. Fights are painfully extended through the use of opposing stares and reaction shots, as well as the action itself coming off extremely slow-paced. Laziness will also crop up from time-to-time when all Toei will animate is a single still-frame.
  • 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 Kalifa'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.
    • Shiki and Roger. Shiki initially wanted Roger to join him (Roger fought back because it meant subordination), went on a rampage in Marineford to prevent Roger's execution, and the driving force behind his actions in the present is disappointment in how the seas without Roger have become.
    • 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.
    • Also one between Trafalgar Law and Doflamingo, although it's mostly one-sided from Doffy's part. Law wants him dead, while Doffy wants him to be one of his subordinates... and he even chained Law to the heart seat of his castle. The fact that he saw Corazon (Law's idol)'s name on Law's shirt and spitefully shoots Law's back for it are often interpreted as jealousy.
  • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: 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:
    • 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:
    • Veeery early on, at the end of the Arlong Park arc (remember that?), as the doctor is patching up Zoro after the battle, he wonders if they don't have a doctor in the crew. Luffy retorts that they could use one, but a musician is more important since "pirates need to sing". They ended up getting Chopper (doctor) long before they even met Brook (musician).
    • The Big Bad of the Long Ring Long Land arc is a pirate named Foxy.
    • The Return to Sabody Arc which features fake Straw Hats impersonating the crew to obtain minions becomes this when you realize Disney released a movie about their own version of pirates which involved a similar plot.
    • The second English dub for the series is this. In the early to mid-2000s, FUNimation was regarding with almost as much contempt as 4Kids because of their dub of Dragon Ball Z. Come 2007 when they got the rights for One Piece, there were cheers across the internet and FUNimation was held as heroes for saving the series in the West.
    • One early post-Time Skip SBS was a reader jokingly asking if Sanji's new character design, which puts his Peek-a-Bangs on the other side of his face, is actually "Sanji's long-lost brother Yonji". Come the Germa 66 Arc, and turns out, Sanji does have a brother named Yonji!
  • 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.
    • The Marineford Arc in its entirety. Also know as "The Paramount War", the "War of the Best", and "The Holy Shit! Arc".
    • Later on Dressrosa Arc becomes about as big as the Marineford arc for this. Loads of fighters, thus loads of fight scenes, and no less than 3 Dark and Troubled Past (prominently Law's, in which it's revealed that he's a D) are shown 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.
    • The identities of the 9 Strawhat crewmates.
    • There's a 2-year timeskip.
  • 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.
  • Macekre: The 4Kids dub gets a lot of flak for skipping entire arcs, unnecessary character name changes (Smoker gets Bowdlerized, which makes sense, but Ace is a problem?), bizarre whitewashing, and a host of other problems that are associated with the company.
  • 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 dynamic 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.
    • Zoro getting knocked out by the Yeti Cool Brothers during the Punk Hazard arc has been a long-lasting joke amongst the fanbase to poke fun at Zoro losing against two fodder characters despite being the supposed second strongest member of the Straw Hat crew after Luffy. Note that they gassed Zoro during the fight.
  • 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 (18 years old!); 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.
    • Hody Jones. Broken Base about his skills in battle aside, Hody is one of the least popular villains. His similarities to Arlong and frequent mention of Arlong just highlight how similar the two are. The fact that he even said humans never really did anything to him just made his tirade seem stupid and shallow, when we already saw that many Fishmen were victims of racism and slavery.
    • Machvise gets a lot of hate for his Devil Fruit being derivative of Miss Valentine's, and not getting the same depth as some of the other characters in Dressrosa.
    • Edward Weevil, the new Warlord, isn't particularly well-liked either for being a heavyset Gonk with the intelligence of a child and proclaiming that he's the son of Whitebeard as he goes around attacking (and effortlessly destroying) Whitebeard's crews, qualities of which have not endeared him to fans in the slightest.
  • 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 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.
    • Luffy's very first Gum Gum Red Hawk against Hody, and later his Elephant Gatling, is also very well-known.
    • 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. As well as ICHIDAI SANZEN DAISEN SEKAI.
    • Doflamingo's defeat. Punched out of the sky by Gum Gum King Kong Gun.
    • Kaido's suicide attempt off a sky island, and surviving.
  • 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.
    • The 4Kids dub is this for some as a way to heckle at, and the addicting rap.
  • 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.
    • Punk Hazard could have made for a decent character arc for Chopper if Oda had delved deeper into the opposing doctors relationship between him and Caesar Clown taking care of the giant kids, but was completely thrown out the window after Mocha survived the "candy" overdose.
    • Dressrosa suffers from many problems as seen in the Arc Fatigue example above, but Rebecca's character arc getting completely hijacked by her father, Kyros, to get revenge on her mother's killer against Diamante is easily one of the biggest disappointments of the entire Story Arc.
  • 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.
  • Values Dissonance: As per typical of most Shonen series, an uninitiated American might be surprised that such a bright, colorful show that's ostensibly "made for kids" (according to Oda himself) features swearing, alcohol use, heavy tobacco use, scantily clad women, and the occasional Family-Unfriendly Violence like bloody mid-combat amputations- all of which have increased over the series' run. The most dissonant value though would probably have to be the buxom, Stripperific, and Male Gaze prone Rebecca (among a few other teens like Vivi and Shirahoshi, who often had the 19/21 year old Sanji hitting on them) who's only 16 years old, which would be a major no-no on a kid's network in the West. So it's no surprise that, aside from Funimation, this show largely gets Bowdlerised whenever it's green-lit for America.
  • 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). 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.
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