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  • As each member of the Straw Hat Pirates has a lifelong ambition, disrespecting these dreams are the easiest way to piss them off.
  • The whole Straw Hat Crew: Don't treat people like garbage or that they are somehow beneath you. A good chunk of the crew have suffered this at one time or another and won't tolerate people that act this way. Just ask the World Noble that Luffy sent flying with a punch.
  • Monkey D. Luffy:
    • Don't touch his Nice Hat (a memento from his idol) unless he willingly hands it to you for safekeeping.
    • Don't disrespect the title of Pirate King (it's okay if you lay honest claim to it; he'll see you as a Worthy Opponent instead).
    • Don't disrespect the Jolly Roger by stealing or defacing it. Wapol learned this one the hard way.
    • Don't steal his food, especially when it's meat, his Trademark Favorite Food (he's a justifiable Big Eater).
  • Roronoa Zoro:
    • Do not disrespect his dream or the idea of fulfilling a promise (his ambition to be the best swordsman in the world is a promise he made in memory of Kuina).
    • Do not make light of Luffy's ambitions in his presence. He made a pledge to serve him and he intends to keep that pledge.
  • Nami:
    • Do not spend any money without consulting Nami first.
    • Do not steal anything from her, especially if she stole it first.
    • She'll shoot a Death Glare at the mention of being "bought" by anyone.
    • Crewmates acting stupid in front of her tend to make her pull out the Armor Piercing Punch. And considering how she (and Robin) are Surrounded by Idiots, this happens a lot.
    • Dead End Adventure shows that Nami will be not react well if a child says they won't care if they die. As someone who spent half of her childhood risking her life stealing from pirates, a kid failing to appreciate the life they have will infuriate her.
  • Usopp:
    • The Lovable Coward who would rather run away than fight, even post-Time Skip. But if you insult Luffy in front of him, you're doomed; he may be the weakest of the Straw Hats, but he's still a One-Man Army when he needs to be, and like Zoro, he won't put up with insults to his captain. Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas found this out the hard way, after hitting him with enough force to kill a normal human a thousand times over.
    • Mocking his father Yassop is a quick way to piss him off. Kuro earned a punch in the face for disrespecting Yassop in front of Usopp.
  • Sanji:
    • Sanji's biggest berserk button is when anyone wastes food, including using food to fight with. He and Old Man Zeff almost died of starvation when Sanji was a child and before that he used to feed the poor despite the punishments his family threw on him, so this one's very understandable.
    • He won't stand for it if somebody insults his cooking.
    • His original wanted poster had an ugly composite sketch. Bringing it up was bound to draw Death Glares from him.
    • Do not bring up Kamabakka. Remembering his two years in "hell" are enough to ignite in rage and/or open up a king-sized can of kick-ass.
    • Don't say that Sanji is incapable of protecting anyone. Doing so is a one-way ticket to finding his boot planted on your face.
  • Tony Tony Chopper:
    • Do not make light of medicine, and don't be a doctor who's Only in It for the Money. Learning this from Dr. Hogback really pissed him off.
    • Two words: Caesar. Clown.
    • As learned on Onigashima, weaponizing viruses enrages him, as he knows that those who do so will lose control of them eventually.
  • Nico Robin:
    • Do not disrespect history, and especially do not destroy it, as she demonstrates on Yama in the Skypiea arc. Her goal is to seek out the truth about the Void Century which has been lost in time, so she honestly thinks there is much at stake.
    • She also gets angry when people talk about her past and why she got her bounty (either because it touches on the first reason, destroying history, or because of the Blatant Lies told about her to keep the world turned against her)
  • Franky:
    • Do not take his speedo or do anything to dent his macho image.
    • Do not deny your own creation. This one was learned from his mentor, Tom.
  • Brook:
    • Do not make light of life, as Brook's is intimately aware of the fact he's living a second life.
    • One that's Played for Laughs: in One Piece Film: Strong World when man-eating ants ignore Brook because he was considered "leftovers", he angrily states it was "a bit inconsiderate" and proceeds to cut all the ants down. This Berserk Button is pushed again in Chapter 682, when the little dragon from Punk Hazard looked disappointed that Brook didn't have any meat on his bones. This actually serves as a minor plot point, as it reveals that Kinemon also hates dragons, but for a much darker reason. Unsurprisingly, however, when he comes across animals who have a taste for bones, he's not any happier.
As for everybody else...
  • Buggy's big red nose is a bit of a sticking point for him. If it even sounds like you're mocking it, he'll fly into a rage and/or attempt to kill you. Luffy insulted it twice, and one time he had a knife thrown at him and the other time he had a cannonball fired at him. Both attacks failed. Additionally, don't mention Shanks when Buggy is in earshot unless you like knives being thrown at you.
  • Averted by Hatchan when Zoro cuts his hair. He... decides to forgive Zoro because it's only hair and it'll grow back.
  • Whether he's falsely convicted of a crime he didn't commit, or stabbed by a spear, Tom's a rather jolly fellow. But disowning a ship that you built will enrage him.
  • Gekko Moria has two notable ones. First is his old crew of True Companions, who were massacred by Kaido; just thinking about it is enough to provoke a Villainous Breakdown. Almost as big of one is stating, or even just implying, that he's weak, which stems from the same incident.
  • If anybody mocked Eustass "Captain" Kid's dreams about becoming the Pirate King, he wouldn't hesitate to straight out kill them for that. It's how his bounty got that huge, he just kept killing people whose only mistake was dismissing it. Challenging him about it seems to be fine, however; he respects the sort of will it takes to tell him, right in his face, that you will be the Pirate King instead, which is why Luffy didn't set him off.
  • Bartolomeo, a character who first appeared in the Dressrosa arc, was introduced as a rude, Ax-Crazy Jerkass. It's bad enough if you provoke him at all, but he absolutely worships Luffy; say one bad word against him in this fanboy's hearing, and it will be the last thing you ever say. Seriously, he'll cut your tongue out!
  • Kelly Funk from the Dressrosa arc, a boxer short in stature and temper with prodigious strength but no endurance at all. Call him shrimp or anything of the sort, and he'll pummel you within an inch of your life. As for the "no endurance" part that makes him less than a threat to those who are at least as strong as he, his Devil Fruit powers let him merge with his brother, a Gentle Giant with a ridiculously strong and sturdy body. When that happens, the threat level skyrockets.
  • Donquixote Doflamingo has a notable one: People who bear the name of D. While pissed at the Celestial Dragons, he is very familiar with their beliefs and deep inside, still is one, and he knows at the very least that D means the person bearing it will inevitably be his enemy. That, and the tales that painted them as destructive boogeymen still have a hold over him; people bearing the D are his antithesis.
    • Trafalgar Law. The one thing that Doflamingo resents above all else is the fact that Law chose others over him, his "true benefactor", and has continuously betrayed him time and again. When Law revealed that he was a D, Doflamingo snapped, disregarding all his previous ambitions regarding Law in favor of putting bullets into him.
  • Pica, one of Doflamingo's enforcers, is a giant of a man with a helium voice that doesn't match him in the least. Point this out in earshot, and you will be Buried Alive. You can consider yourself lucky if one of Doffy's other enforcers just shoots you dead before Pica can get to you.
  • Jack has one simple but very deadly button — do what he instructs you to do or face total ruination. You can't talk your way out of it — you MUST do as he says or he will bring on the destruction like you've never seen before. Specifically, even suggesting the possibility of talking things out will get you murdered on the spot.
    I didn't come here to talk.
  • Carrot, the rabbit Mink, has one towards her carrots. Don't eat them… unless you want to get mauled, as Luffy learned the hard way.
  • Charlotte Linlin, AKA Big Mom has loads of these, and ALL of them result in Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Refusing to feed her sweets when she wants them or not having them exactly when and where she wants them.
    • Destroying her sweets before she gets the chance to eat them.
    • Bringing harm to anyone that has given her sweets or generally fed her, especially when she was vulnerable/unprompted. Unlike most of the others, she finds this not just a personal attack, but genuinely reprehensible.
    • Stealing her treasures.
    • Attempting to copy the Poneglyphs she possesses and abscond off with the information.
    • Not coming to her tea party results in a loved one's head mailed to you in a box.
    • Her biggest one — harming Mother Carmel's photo results in a manic and paralyzing bellow of Conqueror's Haki and the woman completely losing her mind for several seconds.
    • By far, her most dangerous one — being in her way when she's in the middle of a demented hunger pang. It gets whole scores of people killed.
  • Charlotte Katakuri, one of the aforementioned Big Mom's most powerful children and her top lieutenant, cultivates a dark, brooding, aloof image, but loves sweets just as much as anyone else and happily gorges on them. He also has More Teeth than the Osmond Family beneath that scarf, which he's terribly ashamed of. Thus, his snack-times are sacred and carried out in secret; interruptions will be met with deadly force, and anyone who sees the teeth dies. Oh, and if you see him dueling another, stay the hell out. Even if you're family, and intervening in his favor, he'll call a truce to knock you out so they can fight fairly.
  • Urashima, Wano's Yokozuna (sumo champion), attempts to hug his Love Interest Kiku in an embrace...only for her to avoid the hug and cut off his topknot, described to be a Yokozuna's "pride". He becomes completely enraged, and goes from wanting to marry Kiku to wanting to kill her in the blink of an eye.
  • Wano's Shogun Kurozumi Orochi hates being laughed at, especially when he talks about the curse of the Kozuki Clan. He's even willing to murder a child that laughs at him.
  • Queen "the Plague" is a jolly man, in a Faux Affably Evil way at worst, and also knows his stuff when it comes to matchups he can't win. However, threatening his oshiruko stocks will sour his mood tremendously and get you attacked no matter who you are; he tried to throw hands with Big Mom when she absentmindedly said she wanted to eat them (he lost, but still).
  • Gild Tesoro, the Big Bad from One Piece Film: Gold, has an obsession with telling people if they can laugh and gets angry if they do so without his permission. One of his minions laughing at the fate of the Straw Hats gets his head sealed in gold to suffocate to death because Tesoro didn't give him permission. He also loses his cool if someone challenges his beliefs that money is everything in the world. This stems from the abuse he suffered from the World Noble that enslaved him and ingrained these words into his head.


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