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East Blue Saga

     Joining the Straw Hats 
  • While Cross is talking to Luffy and the crew about joining his crew, he asks Luffy what his dream is. He knows what it is and is already prepared to accept it, but when he actually hears him say it, he actually feels it resonate so deeply within him that it feels like a universal fact that Luffy will become the Pirate King, and it makes him believe it too. It just goes to show that not even the Self-Insert himself is immune to The Hero's sheer charisma.
  • Cross's spiel about his own dream: to see everything the world has to offer.
  • And Cross's first impossible feat of the story: getting Luffy to back off from stealing his meal.
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     Loguetown 
  • Cross's first meeting with Captain Smoker:
    • It starts with Cross telling Smoker that he wanted to see something he thought was a myth: a decent Marine. Considering the disparity in power between them, this is Bullying a Dragon at its clearest, yet Smoker deigns to hear him out.
    • This then leads into Cross's first "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Smoker, giving clear examples at how the Navy is an unscrupulous, morally corrupt organization that enforces tyranny throughout the world and lets its masters, the World Government, flagrantly flaunt the laws they themselves made.
    • After this, Cross goes into refuting Smoker's claim of no such thing as a good pirate, by the example of Whitebeard benevolently protecting Fishman Island. Smoker cannot give anything other than a rote, textbook answer that doesn't even seem to convince himself.
    • And at the end of it all, despite Cross calling himself a pirate multiple times (albeit one whose crew, as far as he's aware, has not committed any crimes), Smoker decides to give Cross his first weapon: a tactical baton. Why? To prove Cross's first statement wrong about Smoker being a good Marine, for a good Marine would've locked Cross away the instant he called himself a pirate. However, that wasn't quite what Cross said.
      Cross: I don't like what the Navy currently is. And I don't like what they do. But... I respect what it stands for, and I respect you. I never said that good Marines were a myth, sir. There are too many good Marines by half. It's decent ones that are in short supply. There's a difference. A big one.
  • Soundbite's new range after he gets his Transponder Snail Rig: a mile.
  • When the commotion happens at the execution platform, Zoro and Sanji order Cross back to the ship with Usopp and Nami. Cross refuses, wanting to protect his captain any way he can, which he does by using Soundbite to instigate riots all over the square.
  • Cross confronting Bartolomeo in the square, and getting him to watch as Luffy declares his promise to be the Pirate King. And when Luffy actually survives, he and Cross inspire a blubbering Bartolomeo to become a pirate himself and to do it right.
  • During Smoker's confrontation with Luffy, Sanji, and Cross as they are escaping Loguetown, he manages to pin Luffy. Cross immediately steps up to threaten to use Soundbite and a stone-vaporizing sonic blast at point-blank range to blow Smoker's head clean off. He's completely bluffing, but Smoker doesn't know that.
  • And like all One Piece Self Inserts that join in East Blue and actually make it past Loguetown, Cross's affirmation of his dream alongside the other Straw Hats is awesome par excellence.
    Cross: I'm going to travel the seas! And I'm going to see everything this cruel, crazy, beautiful world has to offer!

Alabasta Saga

     Twin Capes 
  • From the sheer massiveness of the Red Line to the rushing currents of Reverse Mountain to the exhilarating ride up said currents to the spectacular view they get when they are thrown into the water's zenith above the clouds, Cross firmly holds the belief that as far as the scenery is concerned, The World Is Just Awesome.
    • Cross even thinks he can see Raftel for a fleeting moment.
  • Just as awe-inspiring is when Cross gets his first look at Laboon.

     Whiskey Peak 
  • Given Cross's current status of Made of Plasticine, it's impressive to see that, courtesy of Soundbite's hearing and his baton, he comes out of his first real fight in this world (albeit against a bunch of mooks), without suffering a scratch.
    • And after Cross chastises Soundbite for not practicing his powers, the snail gets his act together well enough to lure a bounty hunter into the perfect place for Cross to ambush him.
  • Cross delivering a Breaking Speech to Miss Wednesday, to capitalize on the disparity between her two identities. First, he establishes that she's rich, then he breaks down on why she became a bounty hunter in the first place if it's not to earn a living. He touches on doing it for the thrill, doing it for love, then zeroes in on her doing it because she likes the hunt, likes to inflict pain and suffering on others... all things that the pacifistic Nefertari Vivi abhors as a noble. It's enough to successfully break her façade as Miss Wednesday, revealing the Princess that she actually is.
  • When Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine show up to kill Igaram and Vivi, Cross demands to know why Soundbite didn't hear them coming or warn him. Soundbite did hear, and he did warn someone: the person in the perfect position to snipe them down without them noticing, Usopp.
  • And another moment for our favorite lying sniper: after he'd fainted after hearing who they'd be going up against at the top of Baroque Works, as the Unluckies are flying away after collecting their pictures, Soundbite blasts a foghorn wake-up call in his ears and Cross calls out a sniping order. Usopp proceeds to wake up, load, aim, and snipe the Unluckies down in one smooth shot.
  • While Miss All-Sunday is busy choking Cross for leverage, Cross manages to break her thumb to break her grip.

     Little Garden 
  • This island really shows Soundbite's growing practice with his powers:
    • Bluffing Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine with sound effects, breathing and background noise so well that, even without dino-breath or body heat, he convinces them that there's a gigantic T-Rex behind them.
    • Ventriloquism-tricking Mr. 5 to blast Miss Valentine.
    • And while all of the above is going on, not only keeping the calls to the rest of the Straw Hats open, but also blocking their voices!
    • Not as elaborate, but goading a T-Rex (a real one this time!) to attack the Unluckies.
    • And finally, luring said Unluckies right into a cave filled with hungry raptors. Cue Exit, Pursued By A Troodon Pack.
  • Sanji saving Cross from the last, un-distracted raptor.
  • Cross fulfilling his promise to ride a T-Rex rodeo style.
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     Drum Island 
  • Cross tricking Kureha out of the medical bill, his stay in the castle, and the castle larder all in one go.

     Alabasta 
  • Tashigi finally one-upping Zoro in something: figuring out how to cut steel (or at least steel-hard wax) before he does!
  • When Smoker and Tashigi are still intent on taking out the Straw Hats before going after Crocodile, an enraged-beyond-all-belief Vivi has some choice words for him, and outright orders Smoker to lay off her friends and go to Alubarna. It leaves everyone in a state of Stunned Silence.
    • More importantly, it was said before that only an order from God would call Smoker off of a pursuit. Well, guess what? The Nefertari family is one of those 20 divine families that created the World Government!
  • When faced with Mr. 2 blocking their way, what does Carue do? Take a flying leap over the head of the horse Mr. 2 is riding, slam his talons into Mr. 2 chest, and knock him into the ground at full force!
    Vivi: C-Carue...that-that was amazing!
    Cross: Hell, yeah! A full degree more badass than what you did in the story at this point, and that was full-on military commando badass already!
  • Vivi, sick and tired of Mr. 2's bullshit, punches him in the throat for hurting Usopp to steal his face, punches him in the nose for trying to topple her kingdom, and finally, kicks him where it REALLY hurts for his outfit on behalf of women everywhere!
    Chaka, Carue, & Cross: Ooooh...
  • Vivi using her knowledge of Baroque Works' playbook to reach and secure the bomb in the clock tower after the Mr. 7 pair got wise to the Royal Army's plans.
  • Cross's first major one-on-one (or in this case two-on-two) fight in the story: Cross and Soundbite vs. the Unluckies! Highlights include:
    • The moment the fight starts is an awesome moment in and of itself: with Soundbite in Miss Friday's clutches and the pair flying above the city, Cross climbs to the top of a three-storey building, waits for the right moment, and then takes a flying Leap of Faith off the side right at the pair.
      Cross's narration: We got the idea from Avatar. The basic gist of it was that when you were the king of the skies… why would you ever bother to look up?
      Cross's Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: HEY YOU! FURRY JACKASSES! GIVE ME BACK MY GODDAMN SNAIL!
    • Cross blasting away at Miss Friday with a shotgun.
    • Bluffing the vulture with a mug thrown like a grenade.
    • Soundbite making use of the fact that the Unluckies can't trust their ears anymore.
    • Cross throwing Mr. 13 down the bar and then setting him on fire.
    • And lastly, when Miss Friday gets Soundbite in her beak and threatens to crush him, Soundbite unleashes a sonic burst that shatters all the bones in her body! Cross decides to christen it Gastro-Blast.
  • Luffy tells off the B.R.O.B. for sending Cross into One Piece:
    Luffy: STAY AWAY FROM MY CREW! (Slams the transceiver mic down hard enough to crack the table and floor)
  • Cross's response to Vivi being accused of treason, given a bounty, and forced to leave Alabasta. Using his newly acquired Snail Transceiver, he uses Soundbite to hijack every single Transponder Snail all over the world and deliver the Pirates' side of the World Government's treachery, in a new Buccaneer Broadcaster radio show called the Strawhat Broadcast Station (SBS)!

Sky Island Saga

     Jaya 
  • When Robin tries to wheedle Cross's source of knowledge out of him, he stands up to her threats, but when she tries to use a Honey Trap and seduce the info out of him, Cross agrees if she does something first: Tell the crew the truth about Ohara. The demand is enough to leave Robin in panicked, terrified silence.
  • Upon seeing the dead seagulls that are the work of the far-off Van Augur, Cross checks his presence by giving him the finger... and promptly Bullet Dodging the long-range sniper round.
  • Cross's words about crew loyalty and the condemnation of Government-sanctioned slavery gaining the attention and admiration of two of the world's heavy-hitters: the Whitebeard Pirates and Kuja Pirates.
  • Cross escaping from Mr. 13 and Miss Friday has the following highlights:
    • Managing to shoot at them point blank with a stolen gun (and would have hit if the gun wasn't empty).
    • Pulling out a Gastro-Flash and following it up with a Goomba Stomp.
    • Managing to deter Miss Friday by siccing Van Augur on her.
    • Starting a town-wide brawl (over who's the strongest of the Four Emperors) in order to slow Mr. 13 down.
    • Goading Bellamy into attacking him and then Deadly Dodging him into Mr. 13, occupying those two with each other.
      Cross: Excuse me, is it true that Doflamingo's spring-heeled dickweasel can be found here, or is this the wrong bar?
    • And finally, when Sarquiss takes offense, Soundbite Gastro-Blasts his knife into splinters, and Cross blasts him off his feet with an Impact Dial, without getting blown back himself.
  • Usopp, Lassoo and the male TDWS apprentices dealing with a mob going after the Going Merry, including Fishmen.
  • A first look at the Straw Hats and their training progress:
  • Soundbite "convincing" the entire forest of homicidal insects and birds to give them the South Birds they need.
  • Soundbite and Cross taking down ALL of Bellamy's crew (with a little help from Luffy).
    • And Soundbite's refined Gastro-Blast leaving Bellamy a quivering, blood-coughing mess, without killing him.
  • When Cross sees the Blackbeard Pirates' raft, he immediately orders Lassoo to blow it to smithereens. It was a good attempt, except that Van Auger had an awesome moment of his own by being the first to prematurely detonate Lassoo's baseballs before they reached the raft.

     Skypiea 
  • During their first encounter with White Sea predators, only Vivi and Carue panic; Chopper and Nami manage to keep their cool.
  • Luffy revealing the result of his training when saving Conis from Enel's lightning: a prototype Gear Second, called Gear 1.5 or Gear 1 1/2.
  • Soundbite giving enough audio warning for the crew to evade all of the Milky Road's deathtraps, even while listening to Cross's commentary.
  • Satori's only advantages in his Ordeal of Balls are his array of unpredictable tricks and his Mantra/Observation Haki. Unluckily for him, Cross has an answer to both.
    • The trick balls? Soundbite's hearing and Lassoo's sense of smell can easily figure out which balls have to be deflected or avoided.
    • His Mantra? Cross not only completely counters it, he does so while showcasing all of its weaknesses:
      • 1. Unpredictability/Randomness of attack: With Lassoo knowing which balls are safe to shoot at, Cross simply blasts a cluster and then gets the hell out of dodge while the whole place turns into a three-dimensional game of billiards.
      • 2. Keeping composure: The sheer unpredictable barrage of balls renders Satori too panicked to react to anything. And when he catches up, he's too infuriated to use his Mantra, leaving him fully open to Lassoo's Cani-Plaster and Cani-Slick.
      • 3. Physical incapability to dodge/deflect: After his failed attempt at a Last Villain Stand, incapacitated by the tar as he is and unable to dodge, Satori is left gibbering helplessly as Luffy Gum-Gum Home Runs him out of the fight.
  • When Ohm ends up engaging Cross's group way ahead of schedule, one of his Iron Clouds leaves a bloody gash on Conis. Within range of Sanji. No prizes for guessing what happens next.
  • But when Ohm gets enough of a breather to finally unleash his brambles of Iron Clouds, the Straw Hats (and the interrupting Shandians) have no choice but to retreat. But with the exit fenced off, their only hope is for Leo to learn to cut steel... which Donny instigates by triggering his student rivalry. Result: one shredded pile of steel and skulls.
    Leo: Two-Sword Style. Vitruvian Vindication.
  • Boss using a pack of sky sharks to blow off steam.
  • Both Awesome and Funny: Cross scaring the entire camp out of their wits with one scary story.
  • Conis revealing her defense training with the White Beret Corps, at a level equivalent to their Captain.
  • Even when faced with certain death at the hands of Enel, Cross remains Defiant to the End.
    • His entire "Reason You Suck" Speech, interspersed with moments of Electric Torture:
      Cross:Like I said, I can't deny that you're powerful… But all-powerful? Not even close. Now, let me share something with you: the power that you can find on the Blue Seas.
      That hole that you just punched in the ground? I can name at least five people off the top of my head who could do that in their sleep. I can name three who could match them blow for blow without any powers of their own. And another who can take anything those guys dish out and come back for more. And that's just the top tiers.
      You may be powerful, but you're only anything special up here, in your little cloudy world that's just a puddle compared to the real world down below us. When I compare you to the strongest warriors in the sea—pirate, Marine, or World Government—you're not a god. You're not powerful, you're not impressive, you're not even special. All you are is pathetic. And if you tried going up against the monsters down there, you'd get your sorry gold-plated ass handed to you in ten. Seconds. FLAT. Just like every other hot-headed Logia.
      (zap)
      Eneru: There is never, has never, and will never be anybody like me, you insignificant worm.
      Cross: Pff… Pffhahahahahaaaa…
      Eneru: What's so funny?
      Cross: You think… that you're so special… That you're unique… well, that idea is just so hilarious… especially because you actually think it's true
      Allow me… to enlighten you.
      Do you think you're the only one… who lords his powers over others? Who reigns with an iron fist… and who strikes down all who speak against him?
      (zap)
      N-no… there are hundreds who do that, every. Single. Day. And they do it better than you… or worse, as it were…
      Do you think that you're the only one… who takes pleasure in the suffering of others? Who throws their head back and laughs at the agonized screams they cause… as if it were all some great joke?
      (zap)
      Like… hell… There are thousands… who torture and cause harm… and who enjoy it… and most… don't even know that they like it…
      Do you think… that you're the only one… who thinks they're invincible? Who thinks so highly of themselves… that they think they're unbeatable… untouchable… so far above everyone else that they're just ants?
      (zap)
      That's… hilarious… but no. There are… more people like that… in the world… than I can count… There are so many… just so many…
      Men like you… you always think you're one-of-a-kind… But that's not true. You're one-of-a-million. Perfectly uniform… So many of you that you're choking the world, one evil act at a time… If you want unique… then you need to look at the other end of the spectrum.
      (zap)
      Grgh! You need to get a new schtick, jackass, because that's starting to just tickle.
      Eneru:And who would you claim to be unique, hm? You?
      Cross: PFHA! As if! No, no, I'm worse than unique… I'm normal. I'm no more unique than you. How's that for a kick—! (gets kicked) AGH!
      I'm as normal as it comes… Inside and out, just your everyday guy. People like me… people who can't stand bullies… people who won't let anyone push them around no matter what… People… who won't let bastards like you get away with shit like this… who won't hold their tongues, over shit like this… even if it means they get the crap kicked out of them… even if it could kill them… There's less of us than you, sure… but I'm not unique. I'm the norm.
      Eneru: Then who? If not you or I, then who do you deem to be unique?
      Cross: There's a little-known saying on the Blue Seas, passed down from generation to generation for centuries: 'D. will bring forth a storm.' The D.s bring change, they bring upheaval and renewal… and above all, they are the enemy of the gods, whether they know it or not. And of the D.s alive in this current generation? I'd have to say that Monkey D. Luffy is the best example there is.
      Eneru: The ignoramus you so foolishly follow? I will grant you that he is unique in one sense, and that his strength is above norm, but that is all.
      Cross: Strong enough to kick your ass… (gets kicked) HURF!
      Heh… keep on hitting me if you want, but there are two things that are going to happen no matter what you do: you're going to fight my captain. And you're going to lose.
      (Eneru kicks Cross away)
      Eneru: Beaten, shocked, and faced directly with my power, and still you defy me. I must admit that you've earned a bit of my respect, if only for your stubbornness; nobody before you has ever shown such nerve. For that, I grant you one final chance. Repent now… or perish.
      (Cross struggles up to him and spits in his face)
      I see. Then you will not repent?
      Cross: Burn in hell.
      Eneru: Very well then.
      (Eneru knocks Cross down)
      Die.
      One million. Five million. Ten million. Twenty million. Fifty million. One Hundred Million.
      One Hundred Million Volt VARI.
    • And it's telling how much his body has developed when he lives through it, albeit thanks to Conis discreetly grabbing him to siphon off some of the voltage.
    • When Eneru attempts to finish him off, Conis saves his life. And then Vivi, in all her fury, stands up to Eneru and essentially orders him to leave. The best part? HE DOES.
    • His defiance also convinces T-Bone to join MI3, declaring how ashamed he was that he claimed to stand for justice, yet a pirate showed more strength and steadfastness of character than him.
  • According to Kureha, Chopper has surpassed her as a doctor.
  • Cross and Soundbite using the SBS to project the Most Wonderful Sound of the Golden Bell all around the world. This time, Cricket wasn't the only one to learn the truth; Noland's memory was vindicated to the entire world.
  • Robin managed to break Eneru's limbs and neck during her and Wiper's fight against him. Unfortunately, Enel's lightning can do more than just restart his heart; it can puppet his nerves and limbs too.
  • Cross hanging up on Doflamingo multiple times when he tries to call into the SBS.
  • The reveal that Soundbite's Devil Fruit enables him to hear the Voice of All Things.
  • Nami's Money Fetish and Greed being Out-Gambitted by both Vivi and Zoro: the former uses her negotiating skills to leave her with only 50% of the gold note , and the latter Zorro Marks the gold, claiming it for his own before anyone else officially could, and gifts it all to Nami, paying off his debt.
  • After the Sky Island saga ends, Conis ends up joining the crew as their gunner.
    • It's revealed shortly afterwards that her mother left to sail on a ship 22 years previously. Said ship was the predecessor of the Oro Jacksonnote .
  • Nami's expertise with weather leading her to become an Instant Expert with Ohm's Eisen Whip made up of Iron Clouds.
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     G- 8 
  • Vice Admiral Jonathan is smart enough to con Akainu of all people into becoming his mentor and use the man's reputation to bolster his own.
    • Cross Blackmails Jonathan with that knowledge to make sure that he doesn't rat out MI4, though he doubts the necessity of doing so with how decent of a Marine the man is.
  • Cross manages to talk Vice Admiral Jonathan into playing a game of winner take all hide-and-seek throughout the entire island, in order for Jonathan to stress-test the base and find all its weak points, in exchange for him not totally annihilating the crew with his Haki. Jonathan would soon come to regret that decision.
    • Especially the sheer amount of chaos during the end-game: gummed-up cannons, tryptophan + laxative-laced food, sabotaged toilet plumbing, sharks in the lockers, a lightning storm in the gatehouse, and a whole heap of other trouble that leaves the normally straight-laced Jonathan at the dregs of his patience.
  • The scene where Cross's talking allows Luffy and Sanji to escape from Jonathan's office while the Vice Admiral is left to the tender mercies of his angry wife is as awesome as it is funny.
  • When Cross needs someone in the brig to test the base's security, Vivi kindly lets the Marines take her into custody... but not before she Groin Attacks Lieutenant Commander Drake for insinuating Cross had something to do with Baroque Works.
  • Jonathan shows how good a Chessmaster he is by getting creative with the Trust Password, knowing Cross and Soundbite were listening. It was fake from the very beginning, therefore anyone actually using it has to be a Straw Hat.
  • How the Straw Hats finally escape from the base in the end: smashing the sluice gates open with Gear 2.5 (prototype Gear Third), and letting the flood carry the Merry out while the pursuing ships are stuck in Navarone's Fangs.
  • In fact, the whole arc is a CMOA for Cross: it was his first real test as the crew's tactician, against an equally skilled Chessmaster, and his entire plan worked out with barely a hitch.
  • Even more awesome? All of this chaos actually helped Navarone in the long run. Despite all of the above chaos, the Marines of G-8 still came within a hair's breadth of capturing the Straw Hats. H might have been planning to shut G-8 down before, but they changed their minds after an accomplishment like that.

Water 7 Saga

    Davy Back Fight 
  • A small bit of awesome is seeing how Cross is now (almost) able to carry Lassoo, showing how all his training is paying off.
  • Watching Cross anticipate Foxy's plan to shoot Shelly and goad Luffy into a fight and cut off at the knees is very satisfying indeed.
  • Before the Davy Back Fight, the SBS gets their most interesting and awe-inspiring caller yet: Edward "How-the-heck-is-he-not-a-D." Newgate, a.k.a. Whitebeard.
    • Luffy manages to impress Whitebeard enough that the latter tells Luffy, he awaits him in the New World.
  • Cross playing Rules Lawyer when after they lose the first round of the Davy Back Fight, Foxy chooses him to become a member of the crew, intending to get Soundbite and Lassoo in the bargain. Cross declares that Soundbite and Lassoo are his partners, not his pets, and if Foxy wants them, he'll have to choose them instead of getting a three-for-one deal.
    • And Cross being totally nonchalant about his tenure as a Foxy Pirate, fully confident in his crew's capability of getting him back.
  • After one of their own is lost to the first round of the Davy Back Fight, Boss simply says that with him, Zoro, Sanji, and Luffy as their remaining players, one loss will just make their inevitable victory all the sweeter. And that's not a Man's Romance, it's a goddamn fact.
    • Cue a Loud Gulp from the ENTIRE Foxy Pirate Crew.
  • The Straw Hats manage to out-cheat the Foxy pirates, especially during the second round where they beat the hell out of the Groggy Monsters under the cover of a fog Chopper created—oh, sorry, I mean a mysterious pink fog appeared out of nowhere and something attacked the Groggy Monsters while Sanji, Zoro, and Boss went hunting down some steak...raw, like badasses. Soundbite says it all:
    Soundbite: Did you really think we would TAKE THIS SHIT LYING DOWN? THEY WANT TO PLAY DIRTY, that's their problem. BUT WHEN THEY TAKE ONE OF OURS... we fight BLOODY.
  • Luffy is such a Determinator during his fight with Foxy that Franky, who's listening in on the broadcast, cheers him on.
    • Hell, Lucci, Jabra, and Crocodile are rooting for him, the former two wanting to fight Luffy themselves, (Lucci even outright saying it'd be the fight of his life), and Crocodile seeing it as vindication that the pirate who beat him wasn't some punk who got lucky.
  • The entire final 10-count of the Captain's Match, where people all over the world Who?  join Cross in counting down the Slow-Slow effect wearing off and Foxy being sent flying.
  • In Chapter 35, Cross gives an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Aokiji after the latter tries to use Ohara to break Robin, using points like Aokiji being too lazy to find out why the World Government wants to kill an eight-year-old girl, and finishing by saying that Jaguar D. Saul would be disgusted with him. That does succeed in breaking the admiral, but the results are not pleasant for Cross at all.

     Water 7 
  • The SBS has made the Straw Hats so famous that Kokoro asks for their autographs.
  • Cross's efforts through the SBS (though he has no idea of it) even manage to get the Boa sisters to spare Marguerite when she partially deduces their secret.
  • Jinbe making sure that Fishman Island is fully open to the SBS and Cross's words of tolerance and peace, no matter what Hody Jones and his men have to say on the subject.
    • It's easily overlooked, but the fact that Cross, a human, is speaking about stopping the cycle of hatred between fishmen and humans is awesome in a quiet way. The best thing is that his message does reach the next generation, encouraging them to move beyond their ancestors' grudge, and we can see it with that young fishgirl who plainly says that hating humans just because is stupid. In front of Jinbe, who's moved to tears.
  • The Yagara Bulls in "The Union" work together to get Cross to Franky's house as fast as possible while being chased by the Unluckies, including Cross jumping off bridges and waterfalls to get to his next ride.
    • And when the fight makes it all the way to the Franky Family house, both Mr. 13 and Miss Friday end up shooting Franky in the chest. Needless to say, the Cyborg is not pleased when he gets back up.
  • Negotiations between the Straw Hats and Franky begin by Franky offering cola to Vivi... and Vivi promptly draining the entire 2L bottle in one gulp. Without belching.
    • But when even Vivi's negotiating skills start to falter in the face of Franky's stubbornness during price-negotiation, fearing the Wrath of Nami, Boss steps up... and negotiates with Franky through a Pec Flexing duel. One Piece Crazy Awesomeness at its finest, folks.
  • A little Offscreen Moment of Awesome, but through MI5's court-martialing of Shepherd, Captain Nezumi's corruption comes to light, thus earning vindication for Nami's mother and Jonathan's comrade-in-arms.
  • Cross getting Kaku and Kalifa to break cover by talking, by convincing the present Iceburg and Franky of Robin's motives to never resurrect Pluton, making the blueprints they've protected nothing but a burden to be destroyed, which results in Franky revealing them to do so. And without ever saying a direct word to the agents to boot.
  • Nami effortlessly blocks a kick from Kalifa meant for Cross.
    • When Kalifa starts to boast about the power of the Rokushiki, Nami simply zaps her and gives a Bond One-Liner.
  • When Robin finally submits to CP9, she makes it deathly clear that if the Straw Hats are pursued after this, they'll never take her in alive - one way or another.

     Enies Lobby 
Warning: The following is a list of what is considered the greatest Saga so far in One Piece on par with the Summit War. If you are pregnant, experience any form of pain or drowsiness it is not recommended that you read this folder, as it may or may not produce hallucinations, cause rashes or cause the reader to declare that they want to be "King of Pirates".

Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Every second of Chapter 38. But why not have some highlights?
    • Conis starts us off by kicking the train car door off its hinges, gunning down no fewer than twelve government agents before they can react to her presence, crushing another when he tries to get the drop on her, and then shooting down six more. All this before taking down Jerry offscreen.
    • Su gets a minor one by scampering all over Conis to reload her weapons while the agents are recovering, allowing Conis to be ready for more without taking her attention off her enemies.
    • Cross also gets a minor one when he tricks Usopp, in his Sniper King persona, into claiming Usopp ran away... in front of Luffy, who doesn't believe for a second Usopp would abandon them, especially not during a mission to save Robin.
    • Iceburg hands some cash over to Paulie, telling him to give it to Rob Lucci as severance pay. He knows how dangerous Lucci is, but has no hesitation in firing him for his treachery.
    • Boss gets thrown off the Sea Train, but uses his rope-dart to latch onto the train, and pulls himself back on...knocking Nero off into the sea.
    • Just like in canon, Luffy and Zoro opening a tunnel through Aqua Laguna, but this time Cross has a front row seat.
    • Conis kicks the next train car door off its hinges as forceful as last time, but this time, T-Bone demonstrates his skills with the Clean Cut by cutting the projectile into uniform planks which all stack neatly at the back of the car on their own. Franky and Conis are rightfully concerned.
    • The Straw Hats hit a slight snag when their ally, T-Bone, decides that if they're not strong enough to survive Enies Lobby, then he'll stop them before they get there to keep them alive, and demands a trial of strength by way of a sword duel. Before Zoro can fight him, however, Leo steps up, wanting to affirm his worth as a Straw Hat Pirate by going One-on-One with T-Bone...and WINS about as easily as Zoro did!
      Leo: Two-Sword Style. Cross of the Baptist.
      • To say nothing of the whole train car chanting "Go, Leo, Go!", which grows from one person to the whole group.
    • Su, when the attempt to convince Robin to come back fails, swipes Cross's stolen transceiver out from under [CP9's noses in the ensuing scuffle.
    • Cross's convoluted plan to turn Kashi and Oimo against the Marines at Enies Lobby.note 
      • The results are predictably awesome: Dorry and Broggy declare the Giant Warrior Pirates allies of the Straw Hats, which in short order leads to the giants smashing the Enies Lobby gates to pieces and then treating the island and troops similarly. Broadcasted Live.
    • Cross's declaration of war on the SBS, letting the whole world know that not even the World Government itself can threaten a Straw Hat Pirate and get away with it.
    Cross: Now, mind you, I'm not going to give an ultimatum. We are... Oh, we are so far past that. This is a statement of pure fact. An... An example, if you will. We're going to take a leaf out of the pages of the big black book of piracy! Only... It's not the edition you were hoping for. We're tearing this straight out of the Four Emperors' personal playbook: you touch one of ours? We fuck you up. This goes beyond a mere rescue mission, this... this is nothing short of a crusade. We are going to pummel the men stationed here. We are going to take back our archaeologist. And besides making the World Government look like the idiots they are in the process? We are going to burn this fucking island TO THE GODDAMN BEDROCK AND CAST IT INTO THE FUCKING ABYSS IT'S HANGING OVER, SENDING IT RIGHT BACK TO WHERE IT FUCKING BELONGS! WHO'S WITH ME!?
  • Chapter 39: The Straw Hats attack on Enies Lobby gets basically every future Supernova and ally they have attacking the Marines. Some as part of a pissing match to see who can create the biggest mess for the World Government and some to help the Straw Hats by drawing Marine attention away from them.
    • Cavendish ends up attacking a tribute ship headed for Big Mom...right as she began craving for what he stole. Cue rampage that forcibly ties up all the available Warlords sans Moria.
    • Shanks goes on a rampage to tie up all the Marines in the New World.
    • The Barto Club attacks a Celestial Dragon's yacht, then calls the World Government to taunt them, with the express intent of bringing an Admiral down on their heads. The result is Admiral Akainu going after them on the orders of the Five Elder Stars themselves.
      • Credit to the Elders when they can exert Conqueror's Haki through a Transponder Snail.
    • Capone Bege hits the in-universe equivalent of Fort Knox and steals a full quarter of the Marines' liquid assets.
    • Jewelry Bonney and Trafalgar Law team up to assault a Marine base, and then call Sengoku to taunt him over it.
    • Both X Drake and Basil Hawkins somehow managed to piss off Moria, eliciting a wild goose chase all across the Florian Triangle, and distracting the last available Warlord.
    • Eustass Kid (and Killer) attack Blackarm Island (implied to be where Z from One Piece Film Z trains his recruits).
    • Scratchman Apoo and the Dugong Pirates attack Task Force Cerberus.
    • And finally, Urouge did something at Kyuka Island that left the assembled Marine officers discussing these incidents shivering.
  • Foxy has an extensive information network that allows him to spy directly into the Marine's files, including those about their task forces.
    Apoo: Remind me, what the hell is your bounty again?!
  • After Jabra taunts Luffy to get the best fight possible, the rubber man proceeds to utterly Curb Stomp him.
    • Credit to Luffy, as he scares Jabra even more than the one time he saw the Hero of the Marines, Garp the Fist, in a temper. That even scared Lucci, and is the reason why Lucci never disobeys orders and tries to keep the collateral damage low.
  • After hearing what happened at Ohara via the SBS broadcast, Tsuru gives Sengoku an epic What the Hell, Hero? rant over letting Akainu/Sakazuki get away with murdering all the civilians on Ohara on the chance of an archaeologist hiding among them. Sengoku fires back with a furious rant about the Necessary Evil that comes with his position, which fails to impress or convince Tsuru in the least.
    • When they hear the story of Ohara, every giant in the Marines either mutinies or gets tied up trying to put said mutiny down. Not only are they furious that they've spent twenty years hunting down Jaguar D. Saul's ward (Saul was immensely popular among the giants), but at Marineford, Vice Admiral John Giant was foolish enough to say that Saul deserved to die.
      • And Aokiji is re-tasked with suppressing the mutiny. Given what he did to Saul, Tsuru can very clearly see the Irony.
  • Cross, Nami, Chopper, and Soundbite take on a hundred Marines by themselves. They not only win easily, they turn it into a Mook Horror Show.
  • Instead of ordering Usopp to burn the World Government's flag, Luffy gives a slightly different order.
    Luffy: Everyone. Shoot down that flag.
    • ROCK BOTTOM BLAZE OF GLORY. The Straw Hats (sans Luffy and Vivi) do not destroy the World Government's flag. They vaporize it.
    • Now with fanart that looks straight out of the official manga!
    • And best of all, just hearing about the feat gives Sengoku a heart attack!
    • And, last but most certainly not least, the final push to make Robin scream that she wants to live comes from Soundbite fielding a very special call: Jaguar D. Saul, encouraging her from beyond the grave.
  • Chapter 40:
    • Boss manages to learn and master the Six Powers, including the Six King Gun, in a matter of minutes, creating his new Full-Shell Style.
      • The more Fukuro punches him, the more he unwillingly gets a power reading from Boss... and he can't believe it when Boss's readings are edging on Lucci's (though that's only when he's preparing the Six King Gun.
      • And when Boss wins his bout, he punches the Tower of Justice as a sign of strength, leaving a crack in it that goes halfway up!
    • Soundbite Awakens his Devil Fruit. He's now able to use his powers without using his mouth, and he has access to the official One Piece anime records, the latter of which he had no knowledge about before.
      • And even that pales in comparison to his last strike against Hattori and the Pre-KO One Liners that precedes it. He's the Master Of Sound now.
        Soundbite: A SOUND IS AT ITS LOUDEST...WHEN IT OCCURS IN UTTER SILENCE. [...] In the land of silence, he who has a voice is GOD! GASTRO-CANI-COMBO: BASS CANNON!
    • Sanji traps himself in Blueno's pocket dimension to keep him from using it. Then he goes on to kick Blueno's ass while still inside said dimension, by doing something that Blueno until then thought impossible: influence the real world from inside the door dimension.
    • Carue figures out Shave to dodge an attack by Lucci, that would've otherwise left him and Vivi one head shorter.
    • Using the SBS broadcast, Cross narrates a black book, written by Spandam, on CP9's missions to the entire world.
    • Franky, inspired by Luffy and Foxy's Pummel Duel, upgrades himself mid-invasion with piston-powered fists, and executes a devastating Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs barrage on Monster Chopper.
    • Several moments from Boss's backstory:
      • Every time his own Sifu creates a new, brutal training method, Boss (then called Disciple), accepts it with hardly a wince.
      • A great moment for the TDWS comes when, after Boss decides that he can't teach them well enough and gives up, he wakes up the next morning with the pups sleeping outside his house... and an entire beach-full of KO'd Sandora Catfish.
    • It's somewhat twisted, and likely won't last long, but the fact remains: the Straw Hats managed to get Villain Respect from Doflamingo, who openly states that he doesn't care about the Era of Smiles anymore; he just wants to see the madness that will arise from the Era of the Straw Hats.
  • Chapter 41 continues in the jaw-dropping business:
    • Vivi awakens a variation of Conqueror's Haki. She orders and the Marines have no choice but to comply, she even attains Compelling Voice levels when she utterly Curb Stomps Captain Gorilla. With NOTHING BUT HER WILLPOWER.
      Vivi: All my life, I've known that I would one day rule. It wasn't just from my father telling me, wasn't from my friends and subjects, it was just... Something I've known, from the deepest part of my heart. Something basic, something natural. A fact, if you will. The sky is blue, water is wet, and I, Nefertari Vivi, was born to rule. And now... Now I can actually use it. I don't know how, but I'm bringing it out, and even if you refuse it with all your heart and soul, I will make you obey the divine right that I held within me since I was born. I am Princess Nefertari Vivi of Alabasta, and you will respect my authority!
    • As credit for her opponent, Captain Sharinguru manages to successfully No-Sell her Compelling Voice through (slightly misguided) Heroic Willpower.
    Sharinguru: "THE ONLY AUTHORITY I RESPECT IS THAT OF JUSTICE!"
    • Carue running so fast he breaks the sound barrier, and knocks out Funkfreed with one kick. It broke his legs, but that doesn't make it any less awesome.
    • Sanji kicking the crap out of Blueno. WITH TWELVE DIFFERENT MOVES.
    • Zoro pounding Kaku into the ground, breaking through his Iron Body in the process. The cherry on the top? He didn't use his full strength because he wanted to make the fight as long as possible.
    • Cross making a Dynamic Entry BY LANDING ON SPANDAM'S FACE.
    • Zoro, Sanji and Nami throwing the key to Robin's cuffs right up to Usopp, and the sniper shooting the key right into Cross's open palm to free Robin in one smooth motion.
    • Soundbite's answer to Spandam's claim that Robin is a demon, Serenity-style: Robin is the Straw Hat Pirates' demon, so cut her the hell loose.
    • Cross describing exactly what he wants to do to Spandam for hurting his crewmates impresses Saldeath so much that the Impel Down officer laments the impossibility of recruiting him, estimating Cross would rise to executive-grade in a year. Sadi retorts that he grossly miscalculated: Cross would manage it in six months.
  • Chapter 42, the conclusion to the arc. And it is WORTHY.
    • Nami gets a great one at the very beginning of the chapter. With the controls to the Gates of Justice cut off and the Marine fleet nearly on top of them, Nami gets on her Waver, rides across whirlpool-infested waters from the Tower of Justice all the way to the controls, beats up the guards, and activates the controls to slam the Gates right in Sengoku's face. Cross and Soundbite's Jaw Drops are priceless.
    • Though she doesn't realize it, Nami, using one of her mirages, manages to refract Kizaru clear out of the battle and straight into the Red Line.
    • Bartolomeo manages to No-Sell Boa Hancock's Love-Love Beam because he's too dedicated to Luffy to feel anything towards her.
    • When Luffy is put down for the first time by Lucci, people all over the world, including all 8 of the original Supernova Captains, Boa Hancock, Bartolomeo, Foxy and Dadan, begin cheering for him. But this time, thanks to the SBS call-ins, Luffy hears them all.
    • GOL D. ROGER decides to pull a Jaguar D. Saul and directly addresses Luffy, encouraging him to win his fight against Lucci. THE FREAKING PIRATE KING HIMSELF is rooting for Luffy. Let that sink in.
      • Roger also warns Luffy that if Lucci manages to gain the upper hand, the assassin will come after the Straw Hat Pirates next. Cue Luffy TRASHING his opponent. With a Haki-empowered final blow no less!
    • Cross's exultation of the entire crew as they make their escape from Enies Lobby.
      Cross: For starters, we have me, my talking snail and my ballistic hound!
      The future best swordsman in the world, the ultimate ruler of all snipers and the best chef to ever come out of the North Blue!
      The wicked witch of the weather, the ingenious monster doctor and the one true heir of Alabasta and her royal guard!
      A band of badass dugongs, our angelic gunner and her pet fox and the demonic heir of Ohara!
      The very heir to Roger's throne!
      And finally, to round out our numbers, our most crucial and beloved comrade of all... WE HAVE THE MOST BADASS CARAVEL THE GRAND LINE HAS EVER SEEN!
    • When Tamago hears that the Merry is alive, he mentions that Big Mom might be interested in it. His partner Pekoms responds that he wants no part of that, reasoning that if the Straw Hats were able to attack one the three major bases of the World Government with a mere 60-70 people and come out with everyone alive, he wouldn't put it past them to do the same to Totland, despite Big Mom being one of the Four Emperors themselves. Tamago concedes the point.
    • Cross and Soundbite throwing the entirety of the Buster Call ships into complete, utter, "shooting-at-each-other" chaos through a giant morass of false instructions.
    • Nami's latest attack, which she uses to fry ten battleships at once.
    • Right when the crew is almost home free, Vice Admiral Momonga and his battleship steps in as their last obstacle. Zoro steps up to the plate... and with an Asura-powered Imperial Lion's Anthem, sends him flying, chips his sword, and cuts the battleship, the sea, and the sky behind him.
    • The Invasion of Enies Lobby is officially dubbed THE DARKEST DAY IN THE WORLD GOVERNMENT'S HISTORY. And the crowner is eight percent of the islands under the WG's control deciding to go Revolutionary and attacking all the Marine bases and outposts they can find. And a further twelve percent in the middle of a revolution and/or coup.
    • A disgruntled World Noble decides to sate his fury by attacking a young woman who dared to listen the SBS. Cue lynch mob. And it is CATHARTIC.
    • Aokiji disagrees with Sengoku when the latter decides to pursue the Straw Hats, and points that invading Water 7 would only reinforce the idea that the WG is a tyrant by destroying a nominally allied island and would make the Straw Hats martyrs. And he lives!
      • Sengoku decides to publish Spandam's punishment in excruciating detail, saying that even Cross will not deny this is Justice.
    • Cross manages to Screw Destiny by finding a way for Merry to live and stay with the Straw Hat Pirates: making her eat a Devil Fruit in hopes that it's a Zoan, so that she can heal as a living being. The fruit turns out to be the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Child, transforming her into a little girl. In short, it works.
      • Props to Iceburg, Franky and Galley-La for managing to fix up Merry for a short time. In five minutes. In the middle of the ocean. The Grand Line, no less.

     Post-Enies Lobby 
  • Iceburg's decision to deny the World Government and its affiliates contracts. All of Water 7 will go along with it, and anyone who wants a ship from the best shipwrights in the world (a necessity for the Grand Line) will have to stop associating with the World Government. And no, the World Government can't force them.
  • As Merry likes to eat cloth, Sanji has to find a way to make canvas, rope, and pitch into a gourmet meal. He succeeds so well that Cross finds the result appetizing.
  • Remember Boss's teacher and idol, Sifu Dugong? Garp regularly spars with him.
  • A terrified Luffy still stands up to Garp when the Vice Admiral threatens Merry and Cross. Even if his gramps is the one person he fears more than everything, he won't let him touch his crew.
  • How does Cross get his bounty photo on his own terms? Start the SBS in the middle of the victory party and get "Flaming" Attachan to take the picture at the moment of triumph.
  • When Cross sees his first bounty, he and everyone else stare in shock. While Robin assures him he only made the Top 20 of the most wanted people in the world, the only ones she can name with higher bounties are Dragon and the Four Emperors.
    • And for a bit more clarity, she says that Cross's bounty bumped Jack down a spot. Jack "the Drought", one of Kaido's three right-hand-men, a bounty of ฿1 billion, and Cross now has a higher bounty than him.
  • Sengoku gets one when Tsuru describes what happened at Marine HQ after Enies Lobby: When Admiral Akainu announces to the Fleet Admiral his intent to personally sail to Water 7 and exterminate the Straw Hats (and likely everyone else on the island due to them cutting ties with the World Government), Sengoku finally shuts him up and explains, in no uncertain terms, that the Admiral's power is the ONLY reason he hasn't been forcibly discharged and tossed into Impel Down to rot, and then tells him that he's been permanently reassigned to the New World (along with Onigumo) to wage war against the Four Emperors, effectively removing him as a potential threat to the crew (pre-Timeskip, anyway).
  • After the Straw Hats escape Garp, Vice Admiral Dalmation suggests trying to take/blockade Water 7, only for a massive fleet ranging from ships larger than Marine battleships to rowboats with cannons to sail out of Water 7 and warn them to leave immediately.
    • One of the ships is described as "a tin can on a smoking raft, gleaming in the sunlight and two wide muzzles poking out." In a world of wooden sailing ships, Water 7 has steam-powered ironclads.note 
  • Iceburg's plans for the Giant Warrior Pirates' new ship. It will be the island of Water 7, converted into a ship. While this would normally be impossible to complete within Iceburg's lifespan, he reveals that with the giants' help, the construction time will be massively reduced.
  • Blackbeard demonstrates a willpower worthy of any D. He keeps the frozen bodies of Ace, his allies, and the Blackbeard Pirates safe in his Darkness after Aokiji interrupted their fight with an island wide Ice Age. The nature of the Dark-Dark Fruit made it so that Teach was being frozen inside and out and yet held his composure, forcing Aokiji to connect him to the Five Elder Stars and get his Warlord status by offering Ace. As Teach spells it out after the fact, he is willing and able to suffer and endure any pain to achieve his dream.

Thriller Bark Saga

     Lovely Land 
  • After remembering it relies upon respect for the wielder, Cross manages to No-Sell Vivi's Compelling Voice by focusing on everything about her he doesn't respect.
  • When Don Accino refers to him as a mere duck, Carue slaps the cigar out of his mouth and tells him that he takes his bodyguarding duties very seriously.
  • A little cathartic moment when Lil Accino and Buratto Hiruno stand up for themselves and decide to do what they want: not going through with the wedding.
  • A moment for Vivi: successfully convincing Don Accino to consider becoming one of Alabasta's Royal Guardians, thus returning the Hot-Hot Fruit's power, the Rage of Alabasta, back to where it belongs.

     Thriller Bark 
  • The Thousand Sunny's weapon upgrade: Leo Fangs, bow-mounted Axe Dials that can chop even a giant iceberg clean in two.
  • The Straw Hats fighting the Florian Triangle's wrongness by singing Binks' Brew and partying, which manages to inject life back in the mist and turning it yellow.
    • It's also implied that the song brought the dead pirates' spirits back for one last dance, as many undertakers report having seen them and Cross swears he heard them singing along with his crew.
  • Listening to the SBS makes X. Drake furious because no matter how many time he repeats to himself that the Straw Hats are mere pirates, he cannot help but respect them.
  • Cross calmly recapitulates all the crazy things the Straw Hats did to help a friend or a crewmate to make Brook understand how much Moria is in for a really bad time.
  • Thanks to the SBS, Soundbite revealing the truth about what happened to the Rumbar Pirates and the aforementioned party, Brook ends up officially joining the crew before they even land on Thriller Bark.
  • Cross gets to dance the Thriller with actual zombies. Enough said.
  • Vivi, Nami, Merry and Carue vs. Absalom: Vivi and Nami manage to trick him into the Sunny's bathroom by using a mirage, then flood the room with water.
  • Cross gets invited to dinner by Hogback. He cheerfully agrees, then starts building the doctor up until he gains the opportunity to interview Hogback live... and then he starts winding Hogback up to make him spill his medical malpractices to the entire world.
  • As Perona constitutes the biggest threat to the crew - you cannot touch her but she can watch you, hear you and hurt you - Cross cooks a scheme to incapacitate her: sending Brook as a distraction by forcing her to concentrate on the skeleton, then letting her hear Hogback's confession which lures her to the doctor's location, then freaking her out by making her know Chopper is in her bedroom with her vulnerable body. She immediately retreats back into her flesh, just in time for Chopper to sedate her good.
  • To prevent the Warlord from taking an active role in the conflict, the TDWS intercept Moria's wake-up call and drug him to keep him in dreamland for the duration.
    • Special mention to Mikey for pulling an Arrow Catch on said wake-up call, millimeters from Moria's snot-bubble, while Tidal Swimming in mid-air.
  • Luffy leading an entire army to storm Thriller Bark.
  • A grand moment for Su: going off solo-killing zombies, she ends up encountering the spider-monkey zombie Tararan and his spider-mouse entourage all by her lonesome. She ends up salting all of them.
  • As Ryuma's zombie was so powerful he kept destroying his surroundings, he was weighted down with melted lead in his corpse. When Zoro gives him the opportunity to truly let loose, he drops the weight and manages to cut clean through the whole Florian Triangle's fog, revealing for a brief moment, the night sky.
    • And it says something that the narration for his fight overlays every one of Ryuma's movements with that of a coiling dragon, as if the samurai was both man and mythical beast in one.
    • For his part, Zoro isn't hindered by only having two swords to use this time: Funkfreed asks to become his third blade for the fight!
    • The ending of the fight is a Single-Stroke Battle for the ages: Ryuma's Dragon/Heaven/GOD Slayer against Zoro's Asura: Varuna stance.
    • After being defeated, Ryuma gracefully apologizes to Brook then commits seppuku under the moonlight.
    Ryuma: Hear my last request. When you reach the shores of Wano, and they see your black blade, tell them this! Both times... I, RYUMA OF WANO, LIVED A GOOD LIFE!
  • When she sees Oars, a flabbergasted Robin asked if Moria really intended to fight Kaido with it. Cross corrects her in that Moria needed Oars to fight Kaido.
  • Point to Lola, when she gets into a Blade Lock with her warthog zombie.
    • The following chapter, Lola stops her zombie cold using Armament Haki.
  • Gastro-Blast: Stereo Edition. A teeny-bitty snail outright shatters an honest-to-God Titan's whole spine.
  • Chopper combines his medical genius with some samples Hogback had lying around to create a Cyborg Zombie T-rex that breathes fire.
  • As nightmarish as it is, Moria Awakens his Devil Fruit when he sees the aftermath of the Strawhats' rampage.
  • The entire Straw Hat fight with Awakened!Moria is just one awesome moment after another:
  • Let's face it: the start of Chapter 52 is an awesome, if petrifying one for Nami. Thanks to her Eisen Cloud diminishing the damage from Kuma's Ursus Shock, she hears the deal Zoro and Sanji want to make for Luffy and Cross's heads, and decides to knock out Sanji to take his place, knowing his bounty is lesser. She's hardly one of their front-line fighters, she knows how fragile Cross is and how much damage his body has taken, and she still offers herself up with no hesitation. And just like Zoro, she survives - though it's hardly pretty.
  • Chapter 52 continues to show how much an Adaptational Badass Lola has become.
    • With Moria defeated and gone, she decides to spite him by turning Thriller Bark, a "hell for sailors", into a "heaven for pirates" named Skelter Bite. Cross is so touched by the declaration he decides to open a spot on the New World Masons for her.
    • Thanks to Cross, everyone (Pre-Time Skip) learns she is one of Charlotte Linlin's daughters (a secret that she was scared to reveal to anyone for fear of retribution) and eventually learns how big a bitch her mother really was by personally executing one of her defecting siblings.
    • All this comes to a head in the SBS where she personally appears and basically gives the middle finger to her family by telling them she is in the Florian Triangle - something even the Emperors are wary about - and even dares them to come look for her. All this ends with Big Mom pulling an offscreen scream so loud it breaks the windows on Cacao Island, which is one of the outermost islands in Totland.
    • Returning the shadows Moria stole not only caused people to further question the World Government, knowing they let such a monster run rampant, but also causes numerous Marines to resign due to either them or a comrade losing their shadow to Moria.
  • A very impressive one for Soundbite - how else could you manage to talk to a Genius Loci like the Florian Triangle and not only befriend it, but figure out the trick for 180-ing it from an Eldritch Location of fear and death to an Amazing Technicolor World of celebration.
  • The Jormungandr division of the New World Masons - formerly CP9 - have been busy under T-Bone's direction: their current mission is to remove the other CP divisions from the equation (though by words or force is not known).
  • Apoo has a spectacular idea on matching Cross's Buccaneer Broadcaster radio show - a Buccaneer Broadsheet newspaper called the Free Feather Report, thanks to Coo and 100+ other like-minded News Coos.

Strong World Saga

     Little East Blue 
  • After what happened with Moria, Usopp and Franky have managed to refit and upgrade the Straw Hats and their weapons with sea-prism stone to give them an edge with Devil Fruit users.
  • Thanks to Cross's insistence on his Devil Fruit training and Perona's slight advice, Brook has developed a rudimentary form of his Astral Projection before the time skip.
  • According to Tashigi, construction on Skelter Bite has accelerated with the help of the Giant Warrior Pirates and Foxy lending manpower and resources. Lola has said with their help, Skelter Bite will be slightly opened to all pirates (in a limited way) in months rather than years.
  • In order to get Perona to open up more, Cross and Robin hatch a plan that involves putting her favorite stuffed toy Bearsy in danger, Nami, and the two of them bonding. It works.
  • Cross telling the vanguard of the Amigo Pirates to shove off, including half-breaking a tree in half with a punch for emphasis.
  • But when the Amigo Pirates show up anyway, Cross shows us how far he's come by taking on the lot single-handedly and winning. Highlights include:
    • His Badass Boast on how lugging around a two-ton dog-cannon for several months has made him a lot stronger than before. And it shows when he pulls a Neck Lift on a guy twice his size.
    • Dueling Corto in hand-to-hand while wielding both Lassoo and Funkfreed.
    • Shrugging off a throwing knife when Largo goes for a backstab.
    • Engaging Largo after beating all his men and his brother, declaring him nothing more than an Armchair Captain, neutralizing his powers with his sea prism stone gauntlets, and finally blasting him away with an Impact Dial.
    • All of Cross's partners get their own moments to shine: Funkfreed blocking bullets in his hybrid form, Lassoo flattening the Mooks with his sheer weight, and Soundbite Gastro-Blasting Corto after the enraged pendejo runs headfirst into him.
  • Luffy elaborating to Yoko about his own dream: that although he already knows that the world sees pillaging Morganeer pirates as the real ones and adventurous Peace Mains like him as the fakes, that'll just be the first thing he changes when he becomes Pirate King - stealing the whole concept of 'pirate' and redefining it so that pirates like him will be the real pirates and everyone else will be the fakes.

     Strong World 
  • This original promo for Strong World gets a makeover featuring all the new members. And it is gloriously badass.
  • The Zodiac of the Damned Masons announce they will help their Divine counterparts with all their available assets after hearing the attacks on East Blue islands. This takes the Divine Masons and Cross by surprise.
  • Even separated, away from the Sunny, and forced to live off the land for a whole week, the Straw Hats are still hammering their way through every beastie that they come across:
  • Nami shows utter defiance towards Shiki and saying it's nothing, having had to suffer Arlong's tyranny throughout her youth. This is after her reply when Shiki offers her a wish if she joins the Golden Lion Pirates.
    Nami: Kill yourself.
  • The mere fact that Shiki somehow used the Snail Transceiver to broadcast the Straw Hats's fights in Merveille through Visual Transponder Snails, whereas Cross could only transmit audio broadcasts.
  • Shanks instantly recognizes the current mystery guest on the SBS as Shiki due to observing the Snail's mouth action of holding a cigar and the guest saying he has "an impressive Devil Fruit" and "wields twin swords".
  • Conis manages to force her vestigial wings to grow in size and lets her fly a few seconds to save Su and prevent them both from crashing. And then it's revealed afterwards that this is a permanent power up, so now she can fly whenever she wants by making her wings grow and then shrink them down to avoid having them in the way.note 
  • Billy uses his electric power to fatally shock a group of aquatic creatures that were heading towards him and Nami, and saves them both.
  • Luffy, completely frustrated at yet another monster attack when he'd just found the Sunny, unleashes Conqueror's Haki to completely overwhelm them and stagger the crew members present.
    Cross: Luffy! That feeling, w-whatever you felt just now, the anger, the rage, I-I-I don't know, I don't care, y-you, you need to… you need to remember it. Hold onto it. Th-Th-That feeling. Because what you just did… That was a boot… clean through the door… of the Conqueror's throne room.
  • Vivi, realizing Shiki's power as he utterly defeated the Straw Hats in his first real fight against them, finally consumes the Gust-Gust Fruit's aril and becomes the Straw Hats' first Logia.
    Cross: ...So. How did it taste?
    Vivi: Delicious.
  • In the face of a combined beast-pirate army intent on wiping their home off the map, no-one, not Zeff and the Baratie, not Genzo and Nojiko, not Gambia and the citizens of Loguetown, is willing to lie down and die; sharpening swords, loading guns, if they're going down to the Golden Lions, then they're going down fighting.
  • During Shiki's sake ceremony, Bartolomeo gives a toast to the East Blue and its people, knowing full well said sea is Shiki's Berserk Button, and then smashes his sake saucer at his feet. Right in front of Shiki, all of his commanders, and all of their crews.
  • The entrance of the TB!Straw Hat Pirates. Better Than Canon? Well, they certainly matched it at least.
    • No Usopp-Epic Fail this time when it comes to kicking down the door - they blow it up instead.
    • Even CP9 can appreciate the sight of every last Straw Hat coming in dressed to the nines and ready to kick ass.
    • So what's Merry's firearm of choice during this whole shindig? A Gatling cannon.
    • And then when Luffy emerges in straw hat, coat and suit, every last member of the old generation gets a good look at who could only be Gold Roger reincarnate.
      • Big Mom's reaction is especially poignant note  - the blast of Conqueror's Haki knocks out everyone in the entire Totland Archipelago (again) save for her Sweet Commanders.
  • Vivi's first use of her new powers: she Lets Her Hair Down, then blows the roof off.
  • During the actual battle, Zoro along with Cross and his partners face down a grand total of 500 pirates, including 50 of the best captains in Paradise. They absolutely demolish them. Cross, the former Made of Plasticine guy who could barely handle a Mook, easily smacks around his enemies until the entire horde takes a fearful step backwards.
    • Double props for his new Combination Attack with Lassoo and Funkfreed: A calibrated Breath Dial that turns Lassoo into a blowtorch, plus a Cool Dial that turns Funkfreed into an ice-sword, and what do you get?
      Cross: Pachy-Cryo. Cani-Pyro. Beast Blitz.
  • As Chopper fights Indigo, he not only has already taken a counter to everything the clown throws at him, but lists every single chemical and concoction that's being used and what to do to counteract it.
  • Usopp gets a moment himself when he's taking down enemies while running down a hall. One particular instant was when he did the same stance he did when he scared off a mutated giraffe with a lamp dial. One of the pirates immediately recognized the trick and called Usopp's bluff...only this time, Usopp was using a flame and flavor dial to create a flamethrower. That's right. A trick attack that Usopp came up with evolved into a genuine threat.
    • And then he turns another Fake Special Attack into a genuine threat, when he combines his Usopp Pound with an Impact Dial.
  • Apis uses her Fluffy Tamer powers to make a flock of giant birds drop a galleon on a group of enemies then has Lindy attack the survivors.
  • Luffy may be using Billy to fight Shiki in the air, but what is his partner Bartolomeo going to use? Lindy, who by the way, is a fully, flight-capable dragon. Yes, this fic just made Bartolomeo a Dragon Rider.
  • Bartolomeo proves to be an invaluable ally and partner when he and Luffy face off against Shiki, using Improvised Platforms to manoeuvre and even disarming Shiki of his swords. He even manages to push his abilities to the limit by creating a barrier large and strong enough to block a mountain Shiki throws at them, but breaks his arms in the process.
  • Just like in Enies Lobby, Roger channels his voice through Soundbite; only this time, it's to taunt Shiki one last time, right before his final defeat.
    Shiki: (right after Luffy's leg is struck by lightning) JI—JIHAHAHAHAAAA! DO YOU SEE, STRAW HAT!? EVEN THE GODS REJECT YOU, THEY SMITE YOU DOWN! THIS IS MY VICTORY! MY STRONG WORLD! ALL MINE TO RULE! ME, AND ME ALONE!
    Roger: (in Shiki's ear) No. Not you. Never you. (Shiki twitches) Don't you remember, Golden Lion Shiki? Remember the last time Luffy fought God?
    Shiki: (eyes widening in realization and horror) No… (Luffy begins his final attack) No—!
    Roger: Yes.
    Shiki: Nononono—!
    Roger: Yes, yes, and forever yes. The gods haven't rejected Luffy, you braggart. They. Reject. You. This is the end.
    Shiki: NOOOOOOO!
    • Cue GIANT THOR AXE, and Luffy's parting warning to Shiki.
    Luffy: SHIKI! STAY AWAY FROM MY CREW! AND STAY AWAY...FROM THE EAST BLUE!
  • Perona ascends to the position of Warlord by giving Sengoku an offer in which she will keep the Strong World beasts in line and at her command and give the Marines the captured remnants of the Golden Lion Pirates' subordinate crews.

Summit War Saga

     Road to Sabaody Archipelago 
  • When Cross accidentally lets slip the true identity of Queen Otohime's murderer right in front of Jinbe... and realizes he holds the perfect opportunity to bring her justice sooner.
  • Koala remembers how Hack was seen in a town he just helped to free three months ago... and how he was greeted in another after the SBS started preaching tolerance. It may be only one town, but it's still one step in a good direction.
  • How come Megalo was around Takoyaki 8? Well, a palace guard enjoyed so much their food he talked about it to King Neptune, and the monarch was so impressed by Hachi's cooking he appointed him a royal caterer for the monthly banquet. How's that for social success?

     Skelter Bite 
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome for Lola. Her mother has already placed a reward for whoever can be able to kill Lola and destroy Skelter Bite. The first crew to try that were defeated soundly, banished from setting foot in Skelter Bite and had their flag taken as a warning for anyone else who would try.
  • Luffy standing up for Porche when Sheepshead tries to shoot her by holding his palm in front of her to stop the bullet and once again unleashes Conqueror's Haki at the envoys.
  • When the meeting between the 3 Emperor envoys and the Straw Hats turn ugly with Sheepshead's rage, Bartolomeo immediately puts up a barrier that blocks his attack (powered by Armament Haki no less), then Izo knocks him out and accidentally breaks off one of his horns in the process, and finally Lola shows up with two of the Obelisks to persuade the Big Mom & Beast Pirate crew members to leave. They do so immediately.
  • Thanks to Funkfreed telling Law the Awful Truth behind Flevance and Cross quickly dissipating his anger upon learning it, he convinces Law to join him to get back at both the World Government and Doflamingo at the same time. Law replies not by joining Cross as a friend, but rather a partner in his goals. Thus, Law becomes the Tiger in the Zodiac of the Damned Masons.
  • Cross gives a Badass Boast to the assembled Supernovas about how currently Luffy is so strong that, combined with his Determinator status, he could outmuscle all of the current physical power-based ones if they picked a fight with him. And they all reluctantly agree with that assessment.
    • Kid, one of the mentioned Supernovas likely to lose in a physical contest against Luffy, gets a moment when he points out that this means that the rest of the Supernovas, who have more esoteric powers that Luffy couldn't counter, would likely beat him in a fight. Something that Cross can't refute.
  • Nami semi-successfully pickpockets Bege! (Keep in mind, this is before Bege's canonical Took a Level in Kindness, and the only reason she failed is because he doesn't carry a wallet due to his powers, and her accidentally blurting this out). Bege is not only thoroughly impressed but he actually invites her into his fortress body to challenge her to steal anything else!
    • And at the end of it all, she walks away with one measly spare beri, exactly what Bege claimed was impossible to steal from him... and Bege's respect.
  • The Supernova bar brawl is chock full of awesome.
    • Cross starts it by smashing a chair over Killer's face. After Killer tries to retaliate, Cross manages to evade him fairly neatly, armed only with bottles.
    • Funkfreed, X Drake, and Urouge, the heaviest dudes, get locked into a three-way grapple.
    • While evading Killer, Cross ends up landing astride on Drake's saurian Zoan form and can't help but enjoy the moment.
    • Conis destroys a bridge, causing it to rain, to quote Soundbite, "burned men, women, and assholes".
    • Merry and Lassoo join forces to give Merry batting practice with her gun.
    • Luffy starts a fistfight with a sea king.
    • The fact that most of the brawlers are following the ground rules Lola laid down at the start.
  • Thanks to Apis's Whisper-Whisper abilities, she has managed to form an armistice-type alliance between Sea Kings and pirates. Cross is thoroughly impressed at this happening.
  • What is the Supernovas' plan in beating the Naval Blockade of Saboady? Set up a Dead End Race with the largest fleet of pirate ships sailing out of Skelter Bite!
  • When Basil Hawkins crashes the three-way brawl between Cross, Brook and Sir Bearington by unleashing a straw dummy wielding Shichiseiken, Zoro steps up to fight it. His determination increases when the sword mentions his friend Saga. The collateral damage from this fight is so high that Nami is left speechless by the bill Lola gives her.
    • Props to Hawkins himself for managing to retrieve the sword himself and save Saga from further possession.
  • The Dead End Race is nothing short on moments of awesome. Highlights include:
    • The start itself. Instead of using a strong current like those of Reverse Mountain which are used to start these Races. The Supernovas instead create their very own Knock Up Stream courtesy of the Great Kung Fu Fleet and use the resulting impact of the water crashing down to create a wave powerful and fast enough to send the ships sailing off the starting line.
    • The mere fact that an entire pirate armada featuring the most powerful crews below the Emperors face off against a combined armada of Marines and mercenary privateers on the high seas in a grand ship-to-ship battle is nothing short of breathtakingly awesome.
    • Koala delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Vice Admiral Strawberry in revenge for him killing Fisher Tiger, making Koala hate her own parents, and making her doubt her right to be free.
    • With the appearance of the abhorrent Vice-Admiral in the blockade completely removing his sense of humour, Cross gets Luffy's permission to unleash the Thousand Sunny's Gaon Cannon. The blast utterly annihilates all the privateer and Marine ships in its wake to give an opening clear to Sabaody, places the Supernovas in various states of emotions, and leaves Smoker, Hina and Komei utterly flabbergasted.
    • The Straw Hats "win" the race by unleashing a Coup de Burst that propels them out of the fight, right past the blockade and into Sabaody and leave the rest of the Supernovas eating their dust. Cross even gloats about it on the SBS and specifically taunts Sengoku about their escape from Water 7 earlier using this.

     Sabaody Archipelago 
  • Before the arc even begins, the CrossBrain first gives the readers a preview of the Grand Finale of the pre-timeskip storyline of This Bites!. Beginning with a selection of lines of earlier chapters, a description of what is without a doubt the greatest upcoming saga of the story is shown, starting with an introduction straight from 2B's opening quote, and followed by both the titles of upcoming events and lines of future dialogue that reflect just how powerful the ending to the first half of this story will be. A piece of fan art depicting the entire story's Straw Hat crew preparing themselves for what is their biggest challenge up to now is shown at the end. However, there is one final surprise. The Stinger to the preview ends with a line of dialogue that is definitely not from the CrossBrain.
    ???: "You didn't really think you'd get away, did you? An execution was promised today, and I can't let you ever recover. Maybe a lethal injection isn't the best way to end this… but what's done is done. Say goodbye…"
    • And what is the last image the preview shows at the end of this mysterious message? A picture of darkness showing nothing but a Slasher Smile.
  • At the Rip-off Bar, Cross finally reveals what his latest master plan is before the Straw Hats get seperated prior to the timeskip: Destroy, if not cripple for good, the slave trade of Sabaody Archipelago. No wonder Koala and Sandersonia were salivating at him back at Skelter Bite.
    • Not only does Shakuyaku wholeheartedly agrees with the idea, but she helps outline the proper outlets and people the Straw Hats should meet to prepare for the plan.
    • While explaining the plan to the other Supernovas, Cross points out that the Marines flat out cannot interfere. That a bunch of pirates are freeing slaves is bad enough for the World Government's reputation, but if the Marines were seen trying to stop them? Literally the entire world would turn against them.
    • Even more so, the Straw Hats intend to turn piracy itself against all slavers by making pirates everywhere realize how profitable robbing them is, causing even the ones not morally opposed to slavery to start attacking slavers. Luffy, Nami, and Zoro explain that every pirate is going to want their own cut until it becomes a tradition for pirates to attack slavers.

Other


     Specials 

Christmas Special (Between Drum Island and Alabasta)

1000th Review Special (Between Alabasta and Jaya)

  • Just seeing how strong Cross will eventually become during the time skip, when he can take down a whole shipload of bounty hunters without breaking a sweat.

Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island

  • It's a minor one compared to others here, but, Buggy reveals that he visited and escaped from Omatsuri Island at some point. That's right, one of the setting's weakest characters actually made it through this hellhole alive. Gotta give him credit for that.
  • Just seeing virtually the entire damn world cheer Luffy on as he fights the monstrosity of Baron Omatsuri and Lily Carnation.
  • What happens when Garp sees Luffy being impaled on all of Omatsuri's arrows via Soundbite's video transmission? He emits so much rage that even the three Admirals and Sengoku are sweating bullets, and he decides that the greatest Buster Call in history that the Marines are sending to that island isn't overkill enough; not when he can tear the monster apart with his own two hands.
  • While not intentional on his part, Luffy ruins the Five Elder Stars' plans to turn the world against him for killing Baron Omatsuri by asking that he be buried with his crew.
  • And at the end of it all, Luffy actually gaining the respect of Sengoku, and getting his Grandpa's pride.

Canon Omakes

  • The Battle of Kinpaku Island, a.k.a. Captain T-Bone's Moment of Awesome. Because what else would you call it when you fight a ravenous leopard-Zoan in one-on-one combat, take everything he dishes out and come back for more, for two straight days and nights?! Determinator, thy name is T-Bone.
    T-Bone: I have a duty... to uphold... A good man... will never bow on his word. I... I promised my friends... that I would defeat you, and that... you would enter our group, and that is n-not something... that any simple, physical pain can stop m-me from accomplishing!
    • And it's not that Lucci was suffering from Worf Had the Flu either; even though he just got out of the hospital, he was at the peak of his health by the time his spar with T-Bone began.
    • To quantify, T-Bone took 20 Six King Guns, 250 Tempest Kicks, 400 Finger Pistols, throughout the course of his two-day spar with Rob Lucci, with no food, no water, and no sleep. And remember that Lucci is a Zoan-user, who are known for their stupidly large stamina reserves and resilience. Through it all, T-Bone neither faltered nor gave up, and kept on rising after every attack and giving back with everything he has until, at the very end, it's Lucci who runs out of juice first.
    • Not that the battle ends with one person just giving up the ghost, no; the Finale is the clash of the strongest attacks the two men can muster with all their flagging strength:
      Lucci: ULTIMATE SIX KING GUN!
      T-Bone: ONE-SWORD STYLE... SILK SONG!
    • And at the end of it all, Lucci finds yet another person he can call a Worthy Opponent.
    • This just becomes impressively more epic when you consider T-Bone's rather dismal showing against Leo just recently; apparently training every second since you got beaten by a seal does wonders.

  • Warm Front:
    • A little bit of For Want of a Nail with Vivi here, but her offer to Don Accino to become one of Alabasta's Royal Guardians has an unexpected side effect: when the Giant Squad, who were tasked with blockading Alabasta, realise they let Accino through without approval, they decide to full-on finish the mutiny they started during Enies Lobby and rejoin the Giant Warrior Pirates rather than get any more flak from their unreasonably suspicious superiors.

     Meta 
  • On June 14th, the authors returned from a three-week hiatus due to one of the three being out of town. The other two had been working on the rough drafts without him, with the result that when he returned, they published three chapters, which together amounted to around seventy-five thousand words; one the usual time of their update, one about the same time the following day, and one two hours after that.
    Xomniac: T-T-T-TRIPLE-TAP, YA MOOKS!
  • Then, during their impromptu hiatus after that (due to difficulties in real life), This Bites! finally reached the point of being the most popular Self-Insert fic in the One Piece fandom.
  • And then, shortly before publishing Omatsuri Island, This Bites! entered the fandom's top 20 stories.
    • Four months later, on November 7, 2016, they finally entered the top 10 stories.
  • A fan of the story wrote an omake on Spacebattles in answer to chapter 40 and Soundbite's Awakening. The writing was so good that it impressed Xomniac.
  • When the Cross-Brain asked for side-story Omakes that would be made canon, the results were incredible.
  • A fan of the story wrote an omake on Spacebattles in answer to chapter 47 and a sentient Florian Triangle. The setting was so good that Xomniac announced that some plans were going to be changed, so that the omake could be integrated into canon.
  • As of February 28, 2018, This Bites! has become one of the top 5 most popular One Piece fanfics.
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