YMMV / One Piece

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Show's subjective trope and audience reactions

  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • In Japanese polls, the princess characters are popular in their home countries, but they are less popular in the West.
    • One Piece as a whole has not gained as much mainstream popularity in North America compared to its contemporaries Bleach and Naruto. Its western-styled animation and pirate theme turn off its target Shounen audience in the west, who are more interested in anime shows with Japanese concepts like ninjas and samurais. The infamous 4Kids dub didn't help matters either. Unfortunately, even marketing the show to adults, who would be interested in western-styled anime like Cowboy Bebop, and giving it a much better dub by Funimation didn't help it with mainstream audiences as it lacked the ratings to stay on Toonami. The manga, however, has a huge following among hardcore western manga fans.
  • 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 are well liked, many fans just 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.
    • 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.
  • Archive Panic: As of April 2017, the manga is at chapter 862 and counting, with no end in sight.
  • Ass Pull: A number of them.
    • The most infamous is the classic "Pell surviving a city-destroying bomb with absolutely no justification." The only real excuse is that Pell is strong as hell and Zoans can recover much faster than normal, especially if they are awakened. 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. However, Luffy's words still came to pass when the Kicking Claw Force took the Hero Water to beef themselves up fighting Crocodile and ended up dying from the after-effects in a Senseless Sacrifice.
    • In the anime fillers, Luffy's defeat of Don Achino was easily this because Don 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.
    • Concerning the television run of the show in America, the English dub got heavily delayed, switched hands between 4Kids (who severely edited it from the original) and FUNimation (who started with a watershed-friendly TV-PG edit before gaining the rights to fully dub the whole series from the top with TV-14 content) in a messy and lengthy contract dispute that stalled out the release of a faithful dubbed version, and fell very behind the Japanese releases of new episodes, and the series never got to air in complete form on American television. When it came back on Toonami, it started in an odd place because they had no access to the episodes before the switch to high-definition (up to the Skypiea Arc, virtually all of which were in dispute with 4Kids until it went bankrupt in 2012), so they began broadcasting the Long Ring Long Land Arc (repeatedly cited to comprise a Breather Episode in arc form that is often balked at as a feeble moment of/entry point into the series for being too comedy-driven instead of plot-driven), nowhere near the most recent point of the series, while the majority of the series's more dedicated viewers were far, far ahead. This ultimately killed its chances to pull in sufficient ratings and got it jolted off the block after the Thriller Bark Saga concluded.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After suffering high Arc Fatigue with the Dressrosa Arc going for about 100 chapters, the following Zou Arc ended up being much shorter.
    • Many complained throughout the Dressrosa arc that Sanji, Nami, Chopper, and Brook were thrown Out of Focus for no legitimate reason to the point of not being in the story for about a year. As a result, the complete opposite happens for the Totto Land arc where Zoro, Usopp, Franky and Robin are sent off to Wano in order to give the previous Out of Focus crew members the spotlight. It's quite possible Oda planned it that way to begin with.
  • 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.
    • Shiki's dance number in the 10th movie.
  • Bile Fascination: Some people actually want to watch the 4Kids dub (which is becoming increasingly difficult) just to see how awful it is.
  • Broken Base:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Toei Animation's handling of the anime as a whole (especially from Fishman Island onward). Many manga readers consider it a terrible adaptation thanks to lackluster animation (especially of the female characters), bad pacing, and poorly handled fights. Some even say that it gives the manga a bad name. Other fans, while acknowledging its flaws, think that it's still enjoyable thanks to great music, voice acting, and how well it handles certain key moments.
    • One of the most easily noticeable schisms in the fanbase, however, is whether a One Piece fan follows the official translations and prefers the translated names and reworked puns; or the scanlations, who leave a lot of things in Japanese and have very literal and plain translations. There are heavyweights on both sides, with the Unofficial One Piece Podcast on the official side and the One Piece Wikia on the scanlation side. It is evident on this very site too, in the lack of consistency between terms, such as Gum-Gum Fruit vs. Gomu Gomu no Mi, Seven Warlords of the Sea vs. Shichibukai, Four Emperors vs. Yonko/Yonkou, Cat Viper vs. Nekomamushi, etc. Tensions remain high because the scanlation sides, thanks to the speed translators, release chapters 5 days ahead of the intended street date (due to some of them being inside the distribution system and thus can get them early) and tend to behave as if every fan reads them on that day, forcing the people on the official translation side to avoid communication with the rest of the One Piece fandom until the official release. Of course, this means there can only be two days of the week when both sides are united and on the same page.
  • Cant Unhear It: It's nigh-impossible to listen to the opening of the 4Kids dub without thinking of either Brock or Seto Kaiba, due to Eric Stuart narrating it.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • Sabo being alive. Almost no one believed Oda would suddenly introduce a "brother" of Luffy and Ace during their childhood Story Arc only to suddenly kill him off at the end of it.
    • Most One Piece fans were able to correctly deduce that the Soldier toy was Rebecca's father given the scenes they were shown together in before the reveal.
    • Many One Piece theorists and readers were sworn to the idea that Lola is one of Big Mom's daughters long before her parentage was explored in full, because Oda didn't try to hide it and even hinted at her "mama" being a very powerful pirate as in Big Mom.
  • 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. And even harder to describe it to someone who was brainwashed by 4Kids' hackneyed translation and got the wrong idea of the show.
  • Crack Pairing: Niji x Cosette has gained some popularity in certain circles in spite of the fact that he, you know, brutally beat her unconscious and then proceeded to insult her. Blame the Bastard Boyfriend Trope.
  • 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 be 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: Eiichiro Oda has been mentioned at least three times on this site as being awesome, crazy prepared and an author who never forgets. Fans also deem 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."
  • 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.
  • Deader Than Disco: Not the show itself, but the English dub of One Piece destroyed 4Kids' already bad reputation. The 4Kids dub is long off the air and is increasingly difficult to find.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: If the fanart is any indication, the Vinsmoke boys (other than Sanji, of course) have been getting this treatment from some fangirls (no doubt due to their appearance).
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • "Big News" Morgans is slowly getting this treatment, due to his design and eccentric catchphrase.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • Go to a forum frequented by One Piece purists and use a term from the 4Kids dub.
    • Go to any forum and say "Zolo". Go ahead. Nothing will happen.
    • Go on an anime forum and say anything even mildly positive about the 4Kids dub.note 
    • Calling One Piece as "too cartoonish for an anime". Let's just say expect to hear "Never judge a book by it's cover" from many a defender and accusation of said detractor being "too elite" for their own good.
  • Fan Wank: Oda often offers cryptic explanations on things (with intentions of fully explaining them months or possibly years down the line sometimes) or doesn't bother to explain things at all, leading to quite a bit of this among the fandom. Common topics include explanations for Pell surviving a nuke, Blackbeard's two Devil Fruits, or how exactly some of the abilities work (E.g. How Zoro can create illusions, how Luffy can spontaneously use fire or electricity, etc.).
  • 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, or even repeat the same scenes, most notable in the battle between Zoro vs. Pica when the anime took an entire episode for Pica to lumber all the way over to the King's Plateau and the exact same stomping motion of his foot was used at least three times. Worse, some adaptations will stagger at half-chapter pacing, causing certain scenes to be dragged out so badly that if Toei doesn't add new scenes to fluff things up a bit, the story will completely stall out.
  • 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 is 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.
    • There is pretty strong overlap between fandoms for One Piece and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, primarily on the basis that they both have very distinct art styles, that Eiichiro Oda and Hirohiko Araki are extremely pop culture savvy in regards to both Japanese and western media and flaunt it in their work whenever they can, and that both series are Long-Runners whose stories have only gotten wilder and wilder since they began.
  • "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.
    • 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.
    • In the Post-Enies Lobby arc, Zeff and co. of Baratie say that they will hang up the badly-drawn poster of Sanji and say that he lived and worked there. Much later on, Judge blackmails Sanji with a picture of Zeff, and reveals he knows all about the Baratie. The chefs' flaunting may have been what caused Big Mom's intel network to link Zeff and Sanji.
    • In the Sabaody Archipalego Arc, Duval wears an iron mask to hide his face because it looks exactly like the drawing used for Sanji's wanted poster. Turns out, Sanji was forced to wear an iron mask during his childhood because his father didn't want to see his face (both figuratively and literally).
    • In the Punk Hazard arc, when Momonosuke first encounters Luffy, he says that Luffy can't be a pirate because pirates are giant men, weighing 400 kg, and are more fierce looking. The man who best fits that description is Kaido, who we later find out, killed both of Momonosuke's parents.
    • In the Thriller Bark arc, Lola kept asking men (particularly strong men) to marry them, and the caption revealed that she did this over 4,000 times. The Totland arc reveals that by running away from an arranged marriage her mother Big Mom set up, she screwed up a very important political union that could have given her enough power to defeat her rivals and become Pirate King. In any case, Big Mom is still very sore about this, and Lola could be trying to make it up to her with her casual marriage proposals, unaware that her mother has disowned her and plans to kill her for her disobedience.
    • Also from the Thriller Bark arc, Sanji's claims that he wanted the Clear Clear Fruit to become a Super Hero/Peep on women in the bath become a lot less funny come the Totland Arc and The Reveal of Sanji's past and Germa 66. It's very likely that the idea of becoming invisible was very appealing for young Sanji for a completely different reason.
    • The Straw Hats find out in the Dressrosa Arc that women in Dressrosa are notoriously "passionate" and it's a common occurrence for them to stab men who cross them or just stab them in betrayal. Zoro comments that a Chivalrous Pervert type like Sanji will "get stabbed for sure" to which Sanji remarks that he wouldn't mind. It's funny at the time, but two arcs later Zoro's words echo when Sanji's chivalrous nature and soft spot for women ends up getting him metaphorically stabbed in the back by a very sadistic Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • 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.
    • There are dozens of characters Named After Someone Famous, mostly pirates, but most are only famous if you're a historian and/or a fan of real-life pirates of the past. Many readers may recognize Edward "Blackbeard" Teach and the One Piece characters named after him (Edward Newgate and Marshall Teach), or Anne Bonney and her One Piece counterpart Jewelry Bonney. There are way fewer readers who will know Roronoa Zoro is named after François l'Ollonais, Cavendish is named after Henry Cavendish, or Scratchmen Apoo is named after Chui A-poo. Trafalgar Law gets a reference in both parts of his name: He's named after English pirate Edward Low and the Trafalgar-class submarine.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Many fans note that One Piece really started coming into its own during the Arlong Arc (the first arc where Luffy and company profoundly stuck their noses out for someone who had been badly hurt and oppressed), 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, Sanji, and later on, Zoro both bring up the possibility of getting a new ship, which Usopp yells at them 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 after Zoro suggests it. Makes the future event of Usopp leaving the crew, and dueling Luffy even more heartbreaking.
    • Pedro's involvement in the siege of Zou, wherein both rulers got dismembered, becomes a whole lot worse to look back upon when you realize that wasn't the first or even worst near-death situation he got involved in. After failing to steal Big Mom's Poneglyphs, he suffered the loss of a comrade, 50 years of his life, and his eye.
    • Gold Roger suffering an incurable disease and his subsequent execution is even more harsher now that Chikao Ohtsuka passed away of ischemic heart failure on January 15, 2015.
  • 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 Jimbei's.
    • After Sanji's tragic past that was revealed in Totland, any scene between him and Zeff could qualify for this, especially since Zeff's VA Koji Yada passed way.
  • 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 correct spelling for Eneru's name is "Enel". Which is also Italy's biggest manufacturer and distributor of energy, especially electricity. Too bad that the Italian dub went with "Ener"...
    • The Big Bad of the Long Ring Long Land arc is a pirate named Foxy.
    • At the beginning of the Saboady Archipelago arc, Sanji kicks Duval's face enough to rearrange his facial structure and turn him into a Bishōnen. Duval becomes incredibly narcissistic over his newfound appearance and drops a line about possibly riding a white horse. Several arcs later, we are introduced to Cavendish, an even more narcissistic Bishounen who does in fact ride on a white horse.
    • 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. (To be fair, though, they'd had already proved themselves capable of faithfully dubbing anime after DBZ, with their dubs of Yu Yu Hakusho and Fullmetal Alchemist being regarded as some of their best)
    • 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! Furthermore, it's revealed on the cover of Volume 84 that Yonji has green hair, and considering how much Sanji hates him, it suddenly makes a lot sense why he constantly mocks Zoro for his green hair. And it is hilarious.
    • In the Punk Hazard arc, Brook was angry at a dragon because it was disappointed at the fact that Brook was just bones. Come Zou, and Brook is being chased by dog minks because he is just bones.
    • A character from the anime's Filler G-8 arc was called "Commander Shepherd". Different spelling, yeah, but still, this was 3 years before Mass Effect.
    • In Thriller Bark, Nami pretend to be a man named "Namizou". Some time later, Nami was on Zou.
    • 4Kids Entertainment censored Sanji's cigarette by making it look like a lollipop many moons ago. Come Episode 791 some decades later on Whole Cake Island and a Sanji lookalike really is seen sucking on one!
    • This is what Sanji imagined Big Mom looked like when he first heard she's a female Emperor, way back during the Fishman Island arc. Now, it was already hilarious that she actually turned out to be an enormous, utterly horrifying behemoth. It became even more hilarious when an SBS revealed what Big Mom use to look like when she was 28, showing that Sanji actually wouldn't have been too far off if only he had met her 40 years ago.
  • "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.
    • The Zou Arc marks the first time pirate bounties break into the billions. Not only that, but the highest revealed bounty to date was only about half as high- Ace's 550 million berries, who himself was one of the most infamous names of any pirate alive at the time simple due to his lineage. There is also the fact that this arc introduces a new kind of Poneglyph which are mission-critical to finding Raftel, and reveals that two are in the hands of an Emperor apiece, meaning that if the Straw Hats want to make it to One Piece, they MUST confront these Emperors and their forces on their home turf, and almost certainly will have to engage in fights against the Emperor themselves.
    • Totland Arc, seeing the very first time the Straw Hats are in a serious head-to-head confrontation against a Emperor, featuring much more explicit and repeated instances of death, and showcasing a villain with the power to instantly murder people, a gigantic family of equally capable pirates, three of which are on Jack's level, if not higher, a villainous organization of mercenaries threatening to conquer the North Blue that is being deceived, and at least three groups of people plotting to take down a common enemy. On top of all this, the unspoken bits of Sanji's past come into light and actually dwarf the Dark and Troubled Past he was first seen suffering in the Baratie Arc- in fact, they're a lead-in to this suffering that makes his ordeal of being marooned look like a gleeful walk in the park!
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page now.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks:
    • The Dressrosa arc gets some heat for being very similar to the Alabasta arc. 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.
    • And again with the next arc, Whole Cake Island, where Sanji's situation resembles Robin's during the Water 7-Enies Lobby arc. However, this is mostly a surface complaint about a flipped script, as Sanji's conflict has to do with his family whereas Robin's conflict stemmed from lack of any left to go to. Plus, there's an Emperor involved in the mix, keeping things quite interesting.
  • 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.
    • Chapter #862 shows that Pudding is one. She spent years being abused by her family for her Third Eye, Big Mom included, until she snapped and became the sadistic actress we see in the present. Even after she earned her keep Big Mom still antagonizes her about not unlocking her eye's potential, and her role as the family's Honey Trap doesn't seem to help her sanity much either. When Sanji says her eye is beautiful, she breaks down on the altar and has her first real case of Inelegant Blubbering in the story.
  • 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.
  • 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. Though to be entirely fair, 4Kids themselves wanted nothing to do with the show, as they were well aware of how un-family friendly it was, but they were forced into dubbing the show by Toei themselves, as they would only license other shows to 4Kids as part of a packaged deal, so they were basically forced into dubbing One Piece against their will, hence why they dropped it after a year.
  • Memetic Mutation: Has its own page.
  • 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 still does draw his 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.
  • Mondegreen: The opening to the 4Kids dub has the singer say "Ya-yo" throughout the song, but it sounds like he's saying "ga-go".
  • 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:
    • Between the editing, the voice acting and much of what Toei forced them to do, One Piece certainly served as this to 4Kids Entertainment.
    • 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 Problem with Licensed Games: A few One Piece games, such as Grand Battle as well as Grand Adventure. The fighting is addictively fun.
    • And those aren't the only ones. While most One Piece games haven't seen a release overseas, they're genuinely fun to play regardless, ranging from role-playing games, mini-game mashups, and even a dungeon crawler with Tony Tony Chopper as the main character is on the Wonderswan Color.
    • Additionally, Unlimited Adventure was a pretty good Survival RPG/Beat 'em Up, with it's own unique level up and item creation systems. Sadly, possibly due to how behind the US release is, it's also the only game dubbed with the Funimation cast.
    • And Unlimited Cruise (1 and 2) isn't just a good licensed game, it's a good game overall, with ratings ranging from 7 to 10.
  • 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:
    • Since Toei Animation has pretty much abandoned all usage of long Filler Arcs ever since the Straw Hats separated, which previously allowed for the manga content to space itself out from the anime, this trope is Toei's current day answer to make sure that their anime adaptation never overtakes the manga. As a result, a single anime episode will go to great lengths to extend the content as much as possible to fit in one manga chapter's worth of content. Sometimes even less, which has resulted in the later Story Arcs of the series having more episodes than there are chapters. While this Padding technique can be looked at as completely justified, it can be grating as well since it causes the pace of the story to drop drastically.
    • For the Whole Cake Island Arc, Luffy, Nami, Chopper, and Carrot getting lost in an enchanted forest was used as a means to simply keep them preoccupied while Oda used that time to develop Sanji's current problem regarding his Vinsmoke family joining up with Big Mom.
  • 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 (over 20 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 which arguably counts as Badass Decay).
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Hody's crew, the New Fishman Pirates, are disliked just as much, if not more. Not only are they just as racist as Hody, they receive very little characterization outside of a simple personality quirk, and said racism. This, along with their anticlimactic fights, make them the least popular villain group in the series.
    • 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. There's also a fear that, as Weevil is the last of the Warlords to be introduced and seemingly one of the strongest, better-liked characters such as Marco and Vista will get Worfed to build up his hype. However, some fans see him and his mother Bakkin as a loving homage to Babidi and Majin Buu, being a case of a highly-destructive and powerful individual being (with the same voice actor) used by a pathetically weak but very dangerously evil mastermind in a case of brains and brawn working together, and are waiting to see them in action.
    • Momonosuke gets a lot of hate due to being a Dirty Kid who uses his cuteness to get away with ogling the Straw Hat ladies' breasts.
  • Signature Scene: One Piece has a ton of these. The more notable ones being:
    • Gold Roger's execution, especially since his last words are what instigate the plot.
    • Shanks losing an arm, and passing down his straw hat to Luffy is easily a cover shot for the series.
    • The finale of the third Luffy vs. Crocodile fight, especially in the anime with the fourth movement of Antonín Dvořŕk's Symphony No. 9 playing during the confrontation.
    • Luffy's final Jet Gattling against Rob Lucci.
    • Zoro standing tall, his body completely destroyed after fighting Ryuma, Oars with Moria, Kuma, 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.
    • Nami's breakdown leading her to finally ask Luffy for help, to defeat Arlong.
    • Robin's declaring to the rest of the crew she wants to live, at Enies Lobby.
    • The crew departing from Alabasta, holding their arms up with the X mark towards Vivi.
    • Luffy's Gear 2nd pose.
    • Going Merry's funeral, the crew watching the ship burn as to remember their adventures with her.
    • Ace tearfully dying in Luffy's arms at Marineford
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • 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. It instead had to wait until the Zou arc when Caesar's lack of cooperation would have meant the death of the Minks, and Chopper finally took a well-deserved swing at him.
    • 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, Diamante, is easily one of the biggest disappointments of the entire Story Arc. The reason why her character receives flak is for being given no moments to shine on her own, and instead ends up being the one character who keeps getting beat down and crying throughout the arc; earning very little respect for showing absolutely no salt in her veins.
    • The Barto Club parting ways with the Straw Hats at Zou was mainly a thinly-veiled excuse to get a group of superfluous characters away from the main plot, who by their own admission felt they were getting in the way of things, but one can't help but wonder what would have happened had they stuck around.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Even the 4Kids dub's detractors agree that Marc Diraison managed to make an engaging performance as Zoro.
  • 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.
    • Child discipline is another area. It's not uncommon in One Piece to see a loving parental figure hit their child at least once or even actually beat them frequently, such as Garp, Zeff, or Bellmere. Disciplining through violence in Japan, however, is largely seen as perfectly acceptable as long as it's warranted and done to make the kid a better person. Out West, however, this depiction of parenting is far more likely to be scrutinized as child abuse regardless of the preceding circumstances.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Any scene animated by Naotoshi Shida, like Luffy kicking Hody to save Neptune, or his first transformation into Gear Fourth.
  • What an Idiot: Now has its own entry.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This is a show meant for all ages, but the high amount of violence wouldn't pass for a kids show in the States. The U.S. version of the series tried playing it straight by reducing most of the violence and language for any kids channel, including Cartoon Network, but after 4Kids dropped the license, Funimation averted this trope when they released it in its uncensored form and now has a rating of TV-14.
  • 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.
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