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In the One Piece world, there is only one continent, the Red Line, which is perpendicular to the Grand Line, where the most dangerous islands are found. The Red Line and the Grand Line combined split the planet diagonally into four seas: the North Blue, the South Blue, the West Blue and the East Blue. Said seas are far less dangerous than the Grand Line, despite composing the majority of the One Piece world.
Aside of the East Blue, very little is known of the other three seas.
The East Blue is one of the four Blue Seas of One Piece's world surrounding the Grand Line and is known as the weakest one, considering the average bounty is three million Berries while a bounty over ten million is considered impressive. It's where Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usopp originate from and the first 100 chapters of the story are set here.
The country and political body of Dawn Island from where Foosha Village resides and where Luffy, Ace, and Sabo grew up. Outwardly, it appears peaceful, but it has a sinister side. The crux of its entire existence is just nothing more than a shameless attempt to brown-nose and curry favor with Celestial Dragons. The decadent nobles which populate its extravagant part try to cover up the existence of their unscrupulous people and Gray Terminal, a dumping ground full of squalor. In the present day, upon the suspicious deaths of the king and prince, it is now ruled and represented at the Reverie by Queen Sarie Nantokanette and her husband, King Sterry, the onetime adopted brother of Sabo.
- Apathetic Citizens: HOT. DAMN. With the exception of Sabo, there is nobody among the Nobility there who bats an eyelash at the thought of a genocide of the destitute. Sabo happens to come across only one person- an old man at that- who shows even a touch of remorse. The kicker? It's a scene added in the anime. Yes, the production found it so cruel that they actually inserted a non-canon piece just to take the edge off how utterly irredeemable this place is.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The nobles there worship their globally influential counterparts at Mariejois to the point that they are almost their Bastard Understudies.
- Decadent Court: The nobility of Goa fits this on the spot.
- Moral Myopia: So bad, that they would BURN their "scum" to ashes rather than let a Celestial Dragon see that impression of their "fine" kingdom. All they want are brownie points in the end. And if you aren't playing for their team, get ready to suffer.
- The Purge: Committed a vile atrocity by having the entire noble class willingly plan and coordinate the destruction of Gray Terminal, sending countless people to their deaths all for the sake of superficiality and a lot of rancid values. They essentially repeated the massacre of Flevance Kingdom, not even giving the people a chance for mercy or opportunity to reason and show them they weren't harmful or toxic at all. Nope- just all scrubbed out, and with that, Sabo abandoned his homeland.
- World of Jerkass: Almost as bad as Mariejois, which, fittingly, they are trying to emulate. Calling it the land of the spoiled douchebags is a compliment. Dragon despises this place, as does Sabo, even more so. Sabo came to hate this place so badly that Dragon took him in as one of his Revolutionaries, and was shocked that this kingdom was the one behaving badly enough to finally make a kindhearted person proclaim they hated their roots.
Child Voice: Chika Sakamoto (JP), Barrett Nash (EN)
Adult Voice: Kosuke Toriumi (JP)
Debut: Chapter 586 (Manga), Episode 500 (Anime)
A child from a noble family who was adopted by Sabo's parents. He eventually became king of the Goa Kingdom after the previous king mysteriously died, and later attends Reverie.
- Beware the Silly Ones: While he's treated as a pathetic joke, it's worth remembering that he committed murder in order to get the throne.
- The Bus Came Back: Chapter 905 sees the full reappearance of Stelly after his last full appearance over 300 chapters previously.
- Butt-Monkey: Most of his scenes in the Reverie Arc are him being humiliated. Considering everything about the guy, it's hard not to be satisfied.
- Dirty Coward: Comes with the territory of being a noble, but pretty much everything that doesn't exist in his own sheltered kingdom - like giants, fish-men, and even the equivalent of a moving airport walkway - scares him shitless. He's quick to cover his ass with overblown bluster whenever this happens.
- Gonk: No wonder Sabo's parents thought he'd make a better heir; he looks like his family tree has been through even more inbreeding than the other noble families.
- Hate Sink: He's pretty much designed to be as hateable as humanly possible, being a spoiled, cowardly egomaniac who is shown in basically every scene doing something that'll make the audience despise him.
- Hypocrite: Once he steps onto the Travelator during Reverie, he immediately thinks there's an earthquake and starts screaming for his life and begging for someone to protect him. When Fukaboshi asks his family to refrain from using it based on a Gut Feeling and rightly so, as it turns out, he immediately jumps on the contraption and smugly lords himself over the "mere fish".
- Jerkass: This guy makes even the Celestial Dragons look affable by comparison.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: It's heavily implied that Stelly had the previous king of Goa assassinated (along with his immediate heirs who stood in Stelly's way). Considering that the king attempted a literal holocaust against the people of Gray Terminal when he was alive, it's hard to feel anything short of satisfaction in knowing that he's dead.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: On top of his many other vices, he's also a colossal racist. He thinks giants are man-eaters who melt rocks with their saliva, and that the Fish-men are just "fish" with deadly diseases.
- Properly Paranoid: On his way to Marijoa claims he spotted a giant with a harpoon and freaks when he sees crows flying by the bubble lift he's on and tries to order his guard to shoot them. The guard assures him nothing is wrong until it's revealed that the guard is Sabo in disguise and indeed the former two sights Stelly saw were members of the Revolutionaries.
- Royal Brat: Not surprisingly, he grew up as a pompous and opportunistic brat whose attitude is no better then a World Noble. Practically trying to order Garp to be his escort just on account that Goa Kingdom is his hometown and practically freaks out when Neptune helps him up on a assumption that being Fish-man they have diseases. He even reveals to Garp that he's trying to get in good with Celestial Dragons so he can become one himself.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He likes throws his weight around and acts like Garp is his servant. Not only has he been a king for only a few months, but the most noteworthy thing about Goa Kingdom is that it's the homeland of some the World Government's most wanted criminals. He also believes that he can become a Celestial Dragon, which Garp bluntly tells him he has no chance.
- Too Dumb to Live: During the Reverie, he has to take a pledge that the participating kingdoms are equal to one another in front of an empty throne, which a priest explains is meant to symbolize that no one kingdom can rule all over the others and is a very serious subject. Stelly naturally isn't listening and can only see the power he can take in front of him. And that's without getting into his belief that he could become a Celestial Dragon, despite such a position being inherited, not earned.
Foosha VillageThe village where Luffy has lived before starting his adventure. It's a small town of the Goa Kingdom.
Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto (JP), Tara Sands (EN, 4Kids), Gwendolyn Lau (EN, Funi)
Age: 29 (Pre-Timeskip), 31 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
Makino is the owner of the bar in Foosha Village, where Shanks and his crew often used to hang around often. Makino is very nice and a close friend of Luffy, almost like an old sister to him, being always supportive of his dream and finding endearing his desire to be a pirate.
- Babies Ever After: Makino has a child during the timeskip. The father hasn't been revealed yet, but Word of God implies he's appeared already.
- The Bartender: She handles the bar in Windmill Village's bar and has been doing so since she was at least 19.
- Cool Big Sis: Acted as one to Luffy, Ace, and Sabo whe they were kids, being not many years older than them. Even in the present day, she's still closely attached to them: she's always happy to learn Luffy's whereabouts and cries when she learns of Ace's death.
- Foil: To Woop Slap. Makino is young, a sister figure to Luffy in his childhood, and has always supported his dream, while Woop Slap is a father figure (as well as old and grumpy) and never liked Luffy's desire to be a pirate.
- The Generic Guy: Justified, since she's a minor character. Makino's clothes are those commonly worn by Japanese girls in the 90's, the years she appeared, reflecting how she's just an average nice girl.
- Happily Married: She is wearing a wedding ring after the timeskip and even has a baby to futher cement it. It's not known who the spouse is, but is implied to be a character that has already appeared and frequented often the bar.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Downplayed. The age gap isn't as big as other examples of the trope, but Makino has been close to Luffy since he was a kid and she was still a teen.
- Nice Girl: She's really kind and polite to all the customers; in fact, the formerly wild and rowdy Ace got his own polite demeanor from her.
- Secret Keeper: Along with Woop, she already knows that Luffy is the son of Dragon, when Sengoku reveals it to the whole world.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Makino has green hair.
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Barry Yandell (EN)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
The old mayor of Foosha Village. Woop Slap is very grumpy and never approves of Luffy's dream of becoming a pirate, to the point of being the only one to complain whenver Luffy receives a new bounty while the rest of the village celebrates. Despite of his grumpy personality, Woop Slap is beloved by its people and has been the mayor for 10 years.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Higuma attempts to kill Luffy, Woop Slap actually gets on his hands and knees and begs the mountain bandit to spare the young boy's life.
- Anger Born of Worry: Wood Slap is almost a father substitute to Luffy, whose closest connection to his family is Garp, his grandfather, but has always disapproved of his wish to be a pirate, claiming it would ruin the town's reputation, but is implied it also comes from the dangers Luffy would run into during his pirate career.
- Because Destiny Says So: After learning about Luffy's first bounty, Makino tells Woop Slap to not worry about Luffy because becoming a pirate is his dream, while Woop Slap mutters about if it's actually his destiny, implying he knows about the Will of D.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He's not Luffy's father, but he was somewhat of a parental figure in Luffy's life and the only person in Foosha Village to disapprove of the boy's career as a pirate. Though this manly due to the fact that as Mayor he is technically a government official himself.
- Foil: To Makino. Makino is young and a sister figure to Luffy in his childhood, and has always supported his dream, while Woop Slap is a father figur as well an old and grumpy and never liked Luffy's desire to be a pirate.
- Grumpy Old Man: Woop Slap is old and constantly grumbles against Luffy's wish to be a pirate. When Luffy starts his journey, Woop complains how he would ruin the town's reputation and, whenever Luffy receives an higher bounty, the entire town celebrates except Woop Slap. Who, instead, grumbles and complains.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's grumpy and annoyed most of the time, and he openly disapproves of Luffy's pirate career, but nonetheless Woop Slap cares a lot about the boy as he was the first person to ask Garp what happen to him after the war. In general he seems to care a lot about all the citizens of the Village, given that they have seen fit to keep him office for over a decade.
- Secret Keeper: Along with Makino he's the only one in the village who knows who Luffy's father is before Sengoku's public announcement of it.
Bandits and Pirates
Voiced by: Noriko Uemura (JP), Jessica Cavanagh (EN)
Age: 53 (Pre-Timeskip), 55 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 568 (Manga), Episode 477 (Anime)
Luffy and Ace's caretaker who watched over them when they were kids at the "request" of Garp (i.e: forced into it). She and her gang are mountain bandits of Luffy's home island and are thus criminals. Though Garp is willing to overlook their crimes as long as they do what he asks of them.
- An Axe to Grind: Her main weapon.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Always wished Luffy, Ace, and Sabo would just get out of her hair despite the threat of Garp hanging over her head. But when Ace and later Luffy left on their own and gave her thanks for raising them, she burst into tears.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: She was already having trouble with Ace when Luffy came along. Sabo joining them didn't help much, either.
- Boxed Crook: Garp blackmails her into looking after Ace and Luffy by threatening to have her arrested for being a mountain bandit.
- Brawn Hilda: Looks Gonk, acts very rash and un-womanly, and leads a gang of thugs.
- Calling the Old Man Out: When Garp returns to Fusha Village after the Marineford War, Dadan calls him out on letting Ace die and punches him repeatedly.
- Cowardly Lion: She swings between slivers of courage and cowardice.
- Fiery Redhead: Has orange hair and is hot-tempered, befitting a thug leader.
- Gonk: She used to be pretty hot. Nowadays... not so much.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She may be a Gonk nowadays, but the SBS reveals she looked very nice as a young woman. Just look here◊.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's there, just hard to find but is there.
- Mama Bear:
"Don't you dare... hurt my boys!"
- She attacked the pirate captain Blue Jam in order to protect Ace and Luffy.
- And also her actions towards listed in Calling the Old Man Out. Attacking without hesitation a man she had spent years terrified of because of Ace's death and the pain it's caused Luffy.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Luffy's flashback into his childhood showed Dadan cowering in fear whenever Garp appeared, especially when she accidentally angered him. When she sees him again in the aftermath of Ace's death, Dadan proceeds to beat Garp while hurling insults at him for not trying to protect Ace.
- Parental Substitute: She'd never, ever admit it, but Dadan loves Ace, Luffy, and Sabo like her own children, and is completely heartbroken when Ace is killed, especially because she can't be there for Luffy to help him grieve.
- Tsundere: Towards her adoptive children, Ace and Luffy. She treats both as nuisances, but shows concern when they decide to live outdoors (which she denies) and cries after hearing each brother's farewell (which she also denies). She's heartbroken when she learns about Ace's demise.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Berates Garp for not actively trying to save Ace during the Marineford War.
A pirate band from Luffy's flashback, they were a pirate crew living nearby the Grey Terminal just outside Goa kingdom's capital. They take Sabo back to his father and also forcefully hire Luffy and Ace for some Dirty Business. They're ordered by the King of Goa to burn down the Grey Terminal in exchange for noble titles, but he had other plans. Their captain is Bluejam, and the other notable member is his right-hand man Porchemy.
- The Dragon: Porchemy is Bluejam's right hand man.
- Drop the Hammer: Porchemy tries to make Luffy talk by smashing him with a massive wooden maul. It's ineffective.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Some of the lower ranks pirates couldn't stand looking at the brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Porchemy gave Luffy.
- Gonk: Bluejam and Porchemy.
- Kill It with Fire: They're ordered to put several barrels of oil and gunpowder around the Grey Terminal in order to burn it all down, along with his inhabitants. It backfires when the king leaves them outside to die in the inferno.
- Sinister Scimitar: Porchemy's sword, which he use to scalp his enemies alive!
- Taking You with Me: After being betrayed by the king, the crew realize they're going to die, so upon running into Ace and Luffy, they figure they might as kill them before they perish. Even Ace noticed that they've lost their minds at that point.
- Tempting Fate: Before facing Ace and Sabo, Porchemy boasts that if he lose he'll give up piracy. Guess who's lying on the floor with a hole in the forehead in the next page?
- Would Hurt a Child: Porchemy interrogates Luffy by using him as a punching ball. While wearing spiked gloves to boot. For a whole day!.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: On the receiving end of this when the king leaves them all to die in the Grey Terminal fire.
Voiced by: Akihiko Ishizumi (JP), Jim Johnson (EN)
Debut: Chapter 584 (Manga), Episode 494 (Anime)
The captain of the Bluejam Pirates, and an infamous pirate in the East Blue.
- Ambition Is Evil: He wishes to become a noble somehow. The King takes advantage of his ambition to use him for his plans.
- Asshole Victim: Implied to have burnt to death in the fire of the Gray Terminal after being defeated by Ace and Dadan. All things considered, it's hard to say he didn't have it coming.
- Bad Boss: He doesn't care too much for his subordinates and even headshots Porchemy for losing to Ace and Sabo.
- Badass Normal: Bluejam has no Devil's Fruit, fights with a saber and musket, but has a strong enough will not to have fainted when hit by a wave of Ace's Conqueror's Haki.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: Bluejam versus Dadan and Ace in the burning Gray Terminal.
- Gonk: He sports a sinister-looking smile, thanks to his peculiar teeth.
- Sword and Gun: When fighting back Dadan and Ace.
- Too Dumb to Live: Did he really think that the King would let him, a lowlife pirate, join the ranks of nobility??
- Villainous Breakdown: As he realize that the King has double-crossed them and left his crew to die in the fire he commisioned.
- You Have Failed Me: Bluejam kills Porchemy after his humiliating defeat at the hands of Ace and Sabo.
A group of bandits lead by Higuma, a man with a bounty of 8 million berries. They live on Dawn Island and taunt the Red Hair pirates. However when they're eventually engaged in combat, they suffer a massive defeat.
- Bandit Clan: While it's not said if they're blood related, they're a group of mountain bandits led by Higuma.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ben Beckman takes care of the whole gang using a cigarette and his rifle. As a bludgeon.
- Underestimating Badassery: They bully and beat the Red Hair Pirates and only get away with it simply because the latter don't bother even fighting back. Once they kidnap Luffy and threaten Shanks, Ben Beckman and Lucky Roux defeat them instantly.
Higuma "The Bear"
Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (JP), Matt Hoverman (EN, 4Kids), Kyle Hebert (EN, Funi)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
The leader of the Mountain Bandits and the villain of the first chapter. He's proud and arrogant and brags about his criminal status and (relatively) high bounty to get what he wants. He's actually a coward who has been living in the mainland to avoid getting caught, and runs away when he meets an enemy who is too strong.
He appears only in the first chapter, where he insults Shanks for having drunk all the sake, unaware of Shanks's strength. This causes Luffy to attack him, but can't do anything to Higum and, when the latter about to kill the kid, Shanks and his crew intervene. Realizing he's no match for Shanks, he flees on a boat with Luffy as hostage, but is eaten by the Lord of the Coast.
- Asshole Victim: Cry not for this walking garbage heap when he's Swallowed Whole by the Lord of the Coast.
- Beard of Evil: He has a small beard and is the leader of a group of bandits.
- Bullying a Dragon: He breaks a bottle on Shanks' head, pours more sake on him and mocks him and his crew. He manages to get out alive only because Shanks is a Nice Guy.
- Card-Carrying Villain: When he comes into the bar, he proudly presents himself as the leader of the Mountain Bandits, all while showing off his bounty poster and saying that he has killed 56 people.
- Department of Redundancy Department: In some translations Higuma is given the nickname of "The Bear". Making him "Brown Bear the Bear".
- Dirty Coward: As soon as he finds out that Shanks is actually a strong guy and that his bandits are no match for his crew, he takes Luffy as hostage and flees.
- Eaten Alive: His final fate is being eaten by the Lord of the Coast, a giant sea monster.
- Faux Affably Evil: While presenting himself and his group as mountain bandits, Higuma claims that they simply want ten barrels of sake and not cause any trouble. After Shanks informs him that they (the Red Hair Pirates) have finished the sake and offer him the only bottle left, Higuma smashes the bottle and he and his group crash the tavern.
- Hypocrite: Comments how he hates gutless people, despite he himself being a Dirty Coward.
- Jerkass: Aside from being a bandit and an assassin, and proud of that, once Shanks tells him that he and his crew have finished the sake, save for a bottle that he offers to Higuma, the latter smashes the bottle on Shanks's head. He also hits Luffy, a kid, multiple times and attempts to kill him by kicking him into the water.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Once he realizes that he's no match for Shanks and his crew, he takes Luffy as hostage and flees.
- Lean and Mean: He's very tall and a proud leader of a bandit tribe. Ironically, Higuma's name means "Bear"...
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Sure, his bounty is more than twice the average of the East Sea, but East Sea is also the weakest among the four seas, and he's nothing compared to the other enemies faced later in the series.
- Oh, Crap!: In two occasions. First, when he sees his crew smashed by a single man. He has another one just before being eaten by the giant sea monster.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Believes himself to be the lord of the land just because he has a 8 million bounty. In his defense, the average Bounty of East Blue is 3 million berry.
- Smoke Out: Uses a smoke bomb to escape from Shanks along with Luffy.
- Smug Snake: Proudly flaunts his eight million-berries bounty and claims to be smart by avoiding the sea so he cannot be found, but the moment he sees someone stronger, his ego is quickly destroyed.
- Starter Villain: The first villain of the manga but, unlike most examples, he's not defeated by the protagonist, who at the time is too weak for him, and is instead killed by The Lord of the Coast.
- Would Hurt a Child: After seven year old Luffy attacks him for having mocked Shanks, he beats the kid and would've killed him if it hadn't been for Shank's arrival.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He kidnaps Luffy to use him as hostage during his escape, but once he has no more use for the kid, he kicks him into the sea.
Lord of the Coast
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
An aggressive sea king who lives near Dawn Island. He appears in the first chapter, where he eats Higuma and is then scared away by Shanks.
- Deus ex Machina: Zig-Zagged. The Lord of the Coast appears almost out of nowhere and kills Higuma, who has kidnapped Luffy, but then attacks Luffy as well, who would've become his dinner had Shanks not intervened.
- Fangs Are Evil: Justified, since he's a predator and needs fangs to hunt down his prey, humans included.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His red eyes make his aggressive nature clear.
- Sea Monster: He's the first of the Sea Kings seen in the series, appearing like a giant moray-like monster. Later on, it's seen that he's very small compared to most sea kings, some of which are as big as an actual island.
- Slippery as an Eel: The Lord of the Coast is very similar to a moray and is a sneaky and vicious predator.
- The Worf Effect: Twice in the same chapter. He debuts swallowing Higuma whole, a dangerous bandit (in the East Blue, at least), only to be scared away by Shanks's glare (later revealed to be Conqueror's Haki) afterward. At the end of the first chapter, Luffy defeats the Lord of the Coast with a single punch to show how strong he has become after seven years.
Goat IslandThe island where the Alvida Pirates resided, until their disbandment following their captain's defeat.
Shells TownA town formerly ruled by Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan.
Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (JP), J. David Brimmer (EN, 4Kids), Brett Weaver (EN, Funi), Rubén Moya (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 42 (Pre-Timeskip), 44 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 4 (Manga), Episode 2 (Anime)
"Axe-Hand Morgan" is the first Marine officer to be shown in the series. Originally a loyal member of the Marines without a fear of death, once Morgan gained the rank of Captain, he became corrupt and started to act like an asshole for the sake of it. He hates disobedience from his own men, and would often punish them with death, assuming that his rank means that any order he give must not be questioned.
Following his defeat at the hands of Luffy and Zoro, he's captured by the Marines, losing his title, but he escapes into the seas.
- Abusive Parent: He acts abusive toward his own son at times.
- An Axe to Grind: His own hand is an axe.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: His men cheers when he's defeated because of how much of a tyrant he is.
- Arc Villain: Of Zoro's introduction arc. As many villains at the beginning, he doesn't last long.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: At least around the time he was introduced (being the first arc villain), he was the strongest person on the island.
- Ax-Crazy: Not nearly as insane as the future villains, but is still mentally unstable.
- Bad Boss: Accidentally chip his giant statue of himself while lifting it up? You must be punished for insulting his authority. It's no surprise his subordinates cheered at his defeat. He's actually worse in the 4Kids dub of all things, as instead of ordering his men to kill themselves for hesitating to shoot Luffy and Zoro he gives them a veiled threat that implies if they don't he'll kill them himself.
- Body Horror: There's an unexplained deformation on his axe arm's elbow that might be the handle of the axe itself stretching his skin instead of being properly fitted to his stump.
- Determinator: Complete Jerkass he may be, you gotta admit, standing up to the guy who just singlehandedly butchered an entire shipful of your fellow soldiers, broke your jaw, and currently has you at his mercy, takes some serious balls. Not to mention that in a later cover story, he openly attacks Garp. Sure, he only gets away with it because Garp randomly falls asleep, but Morgan has to have known something about what Garp is capable of, and he goes through with it anyway.
- Dirty Cop: Unlike later Knight Templar Marines who at least believe they're doing the right thing, Morgan's flat-out corrupt, harassing the citizens that live near his base and using government money to build statues of himself.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Downplayed. He gained a promotion through the capture of the infamous Pirate Captain Kuro who in fact faked his capturing with hypnosis, allowing Morgan to take the credit. Though this promotion only got him to lieutenant and it's likely he acquired Captain rank through his own merit. However, he doesn't make a good use of his position.
- Glass Cannon: Don't let his fearsome appearance fool you. He's strong enough to split the ground with his axe, so he's got some degree of Super Strength. But, it only takes a few of Luffy's attacks to drop him, and Zoro finishes him off with absolutely no effort. And this is at the start of the series, long before the Straw Hats starts getting really powerful...
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: In his debut he's seen smoking a cigar, and is one of the meanest marines of the series, being self-centered and abusive of his title.
- Kick the Dog: Virtually everything he does is ordering at least a punishment, if it's not an outright execution, for every slight disrespect toward his authority.
- Mighty Glacier: He definitely earned his position as Captain, being strong enough to split the earth with his axe. But is not fast enough to land a hit on Luffy without being anticipated by Zoro.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Oda admits he is based (and named) on a real life pirate Henry Morgan a Royal Navy admiral turned privateer pirate.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Helmeppo when he complains about Luffy hitting him.Morgan: Do you know why I've never hit you?
Helmeppo: It's because I'm your beloved s-
Morgan: I'll tell you why. (hits Helmeppo) IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE AN IDIOT SON WHO'S NOT EVEN WORTH HITTING! Why should I fight your battles? You're big enough to wipe your own bottom. I don't mind if you use my status, but I only lay my hands on people who defy me! Don't fool yourself... you are not the great one! I am great! I am the great one.
- Red Right Hand: "Axe Right Hand" is more like it, and no, he's not a nice guy.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He has a massive ego and wants to be practically worshiped, even demanding a statue of him, but he's far from the strongest characters of One Piece's world, even among East Blue.
- Smug Snake: He is quite arrogant about being a captain, and he uses his position to throw his weight around a lot even though in the world of One Piece he's a weak Badass Normal at best and one of the first enemies encountered and defeated.
- Social Darwinist: Believes he got to his position through hard work (although a flashback in the Kuro arc reveals that it's not the case) and demands the respect reflecting that. Also, he believes his orders should go unquestioned because he's higher up the pecking order. Actually, according to one of the databooks, the Kuro incident only got Morgan promoted to Lieutenant Commander, and he genuinely achieved the rank of Captain on his own merit.
- Would Hurt a Child: Orders the death of a small child for bringing food to Zoro, who is being held prisoner.
Orange TownA town located in Organ Islands which was wrecked by the Buggy Pirates before Luffy and Zoro's arrival.
For the Buggy Pirates, go to the Warlord Crews page.
Voiced by: Chieko Aratashi (JP), Unknown (EN, 4Kids), Christopher Bevins (EN, Funi)
Age: 12 (Pre-Timeskip), 14 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 12 (Manga), Episode 6 (Anime)
A dog from Orange Town who constantly guards a pet shop belonged to his deceased owner. Unfortunately, said shop is burned down by Mohji, but Luffy avenges Chouchou and earns his friendship.
After the timeskip, Chouchou has opened his own pet shop with the mayor.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He's drawn in a very cartoonish style and, after becoming the owner of the new pet shop, he wears a bow tie.
- Angry Guard Dog: Downplayed. For the most part Shushu sits quietly in front of his owner's shop, but gets angry if someone tries to do something to it.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: After Luffy avenges Shushu by defeating Ritchie and Mohji, and earns the dog's loyalty, Chouchou repays the favour by helping Luffy, Zoro and Nami escape from the angry citizens.
- Determinator: When Mohji orders Ritchie to destroy the pet shop, Shushu keeps attacking the lion despite the latter being far stronger, and stops only after being terribly mangled.
- The Dog Bites Back: Literally! Mohji burns down his beloved owner's pet shop, and at the end of the arc, when the citizens of Orange Town chase away the Buggy Pirates, since their captain has been sent away, Shushu gets a taste of revenge and bites Mohji's butt.
- Expy: His extreme loyalty and refusing to move from his owner's shop even after the death of his owner is clearly inspired by Hachiko.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Especially notable since it's done to a normal dog. While attempting to defend his owner's store, Shushu gets slashed and thrown away by Ritchie multiple times, until he's covered with blood and unable to attack.
- Made of Iron: Even though he's just a normal dog, Shushu survives being maimed by Ritchie, a giant lion.
- Old Dog: He's 12 year old, which correspond to 84 dog years, although he doesn't look that old.
- Swallow the Key: In his first appearance, Shushu swallows the key to Luffy's cage, much to the latter's anger. Luffy manages to escape thanks to Ritchie destroying the cage.
- Undying Loyalty: Shushu remains loyal to his master even after his death, and only stops guarding the pet shop once Mohji destroys it.
Voiced by: Joji Yanami (JP), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex), Michael Sinterniklaas (EN, 4Kids), Mark Stoddard (EN, Funi)
Age: 73 (Pre-Timeskip), 75 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 12 (Manga), Episode 6 (Anime)
The mayor of Orange Town, who's been with it since its founding. He's getting up there in his years now, but still displays a very protective attitude to his village, trying to take on Buggy when he invades. He's one of the earliest allies Luffy makes during his voyage.
After the Time-Skip, he becomes the new pet shop's co-owner along with Chouchou.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted. He's the mayor, and the only one who tries to oppose the Buggy Pirates' invasion, but is as strong as an average person.
- Blade on a Stick: While trying to defend his town, he wears armor and wields a spear.
- Cool Old Guy: Even though he's 73 years old, he does his best to protect Orange Town and realizes the Straw Hats are friendly despite being pirates.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After not being able to stand anymore what the Buggy pirates are doing to his town, Boodle rushes to fight them, but Buggy instantly chokes him with his Chop-Chop fruit, until Luffy saves the mayor at the last minute.
- A Father to His Men: The town's inhabitants all look up to him as their leader and founder, who will forsake his own safety to fight off pirates that are far out of his league. He, in turn, sees the town and its people as his treasure, even down to Chou-Chou the dog (whose late owner was his friend).
- Funny Afro: His white hair sits in a bizarre flat-top mullet-afro, reminiscent of a poodle's grooming. It's been that way since he was younger and had dark hair.
- The Load: Defied. After Luffy saves him, Boodle is prepared to fight Buggy again on the side the Straw Hats, but is immediately knocked out by Luffy because he's too weak and would only hinder them.
- Meaningful Name: He's named Boodle and his haircut resembles a poodle's grooming. After the time-skip, he's become the owner of a pet shop, making the name even more meaningful.
- Mr. Exposition: Upon meeting Nami and Luffy in front of the pet store, Boodle tells them Shushu's story as well as the reason he's guarding the store, and, in the next chapter, the origin of Orange Town.
- Neck Lift: Once Boodle runs to the Buggy Pirates and declares his intention to fight them, Buggy immediately detatches an hand and choke him. Thankfully, Luffy arrives just in time to save Boodle.
- Papa Wolf: Boodle is much older than most of his town's inhabitants, and he fights the Buggy Pirates to protect them and their town.
- Percussive Prevention: After being saved, Boodle tells the Straw Hats he'll fight alongside them but Luffy knocks him against a wall because he'd just weigh them down. After regaining his senses, Boodle appears initially angry, but it's actually all an act so that his citizens won't chase the Straw Hats. Shortly after, Boodle personally thanks Luffy, Zoro and Nami as they depart from Orange Town.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The first of many seen in the series. He's the mayor of Orange Town and cares deeply for its inabitants, to the point of risking his life to feed Chouchou, who refuses to leave his deceased owner's pet shop.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: While not a king, as the mayor of Orange Town, he's an authority figure and tries his best to feed and protect Shushu, despite the risk of running into the Buggy Pirates. During the Orange Town Arc, he even challenges Buggy, despite knowing he doesn't hold a candle to the pirate captain. Luffy then knocks
Island of Rare Animals
A small island populated by strange animals. The only Human inhabitant at the time of the Straw Hats' starting voyage was Gaimon, a man stuck in a treasure chest for years, but during the timeskip, a woman stuck in a barrel named Sarfunkel joins him.
Voiced by: Toru Ohira (JP), Frederick B. Owens (EN, 4Kids), Jonathan C. Osborne (EN, Funi), Unknown (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 43 (Pre-Timeskip), 45 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 22 (Manga), Episode 18 (Anime)
A former pirate who, after a weird accident, got stuck in a treasure chest. He lives on an island populated with strange animals and guards the treasure on the top of a small hill.
- Ambiguously Brown: His skin is a shade of tan, but we don't know what sort of ethnicity he's supposed to be analogous to.
- Funny Afro: His hair is a big, green afro because he can't cut it.
- Odd Friendship: Forms a brief one with a torso-less Buggy until the latter has to leave to find his crew.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: The treasure chests he had been guarding for twenty years? All completely empty. Luffy tries a Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding facade to have Gaimon not find out this, but the latter realizes it on his own.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair.
Voiced by: Mariko Kouda (JP), Tara Sands (EN, 4Kids), Carrie Savage (EN, Funi), Adriana Núñez (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 17 (Pre-Timeskip), 19 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 23 (Manga), Episode 9 (Anime)
A young rich girl from Syrup Village, and a good friend of Usopp's. She's the target of Kuro's plan, who wants to inherit her wealth, but is saved by Usopp and the Straw Hats.
After Usopp leaves, she starts studying to become a doctor.
- Big Fancy House: Well, she is rich, and lives in a very big house. Unfortunately, it makse her a target of Kuro, who wants to inherit said big and fancy house.
- The Cassandra: The townsfolk thinks that Usopp's tall tales rubbed off on her and they dismiss her stories about Kuro and that the wanted poster post-Enies Lobby with the massive bounty is Usopp, since he got it under his Sogeking alias.
- Daddy's Girl: Kuro says her father deeply loved her and wanted the best for her.
- Dude Magnet: While studying to become a doctor, Kaya has so many suitors that Merry has to fight them to protect her.
- Hospital Hottie: She's shaping up to be one, at least, after Usopp leaves, she decides to study to become a doctor, and a few covers reveals she's studying for it. More than qualifies in-universe as well, considering she's been shown to have suitors lining up for her.
- Ill Girl: The shock of losing both her parents at once left her bedridden for a long time, but she gets better after having been saved and even decides to become a doctor.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a Malay/Indonesian word for "rich, wealthy". No prizes for guessing her financial status.
- Nice Girl: She's very kind and even puts up with Usopp's lies and just smiles at him whenever he does his antics. It makes all the more shocking that Kuro wants to kill her, despite all the kindness Kaya showed to him.
- Ojou: Being the sole heir of her family's wealth, and has a calm and sweet disposition.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's always nice to Usopp, has vowed to patch him up no matter what state he comes back to the village in, monitors every single piece of world news that involves him, can always recognize him in his bounty posters, and despite all the suitors she has, she has a picture of Usopp (as Sogeking) on her desk. There's really no other explanation.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's a very rich girl and was spoiled by her parents and servants, but is also very nice and kind. She cares for her servants and buys a new pair of glasses for Klahadore (later revealed to be Kuro) thinking the old pair is uncofortable for him, and would kill herself to save the Usopp pirates from Jango.
- Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: Threatens to cut her own throat to stop Jango from attacking the Usopp pirates any more. Since she hasn't written the will Jango needs yet, it works.
- Uncle Pennybags: A female and young version. Kaya is a very rich girl who much enjoys Usopp's stories and give the Straw Hats the Going Merry after they've saved her life.
Voiced by: Jin Domon (JP), Chuck Powers (EN, Odex), Ted Lewis (EN, 4Kids), Jerry Jewell (EN, Funi)
Debut: Chapter 24 (Manga), Episode 11 (Anime)
Kaya's loyal butler and the one who designed the Going Merry, which he gives to the Straw Hats after they save Kaya from Captain Kuro.
- Animal Motif: Sheep. Has a sheep-like hairstyle and, like sheep, he's nice and loyal to Kaya. Even his ship, which he gives to the Straw Hats, is sheep-themed.
- Battle Butler: Downplayed. For the most part he's a Non-Action Guy, but he's seen fighting against Kaya's many suitors.
- Funny Afro: Has a white afro that resembles a sheep's wool, complete with horns.
- Not Quite Dead: After Kuro reveals his true colours he slashes Merry, leaving him presumably dead, but turns out the wound is not fatal, and Merry survives.
- Sweet Sheep: Merry is sheep themed, with an hairstyle that is similar to a sheep's wool, and is a very nice man, even if a bit too protective.
Carrot, Pepper, and Onion
Three kids from Syrup Village who are part of the Usopp Pirates. They are very loyal to Usopp and are saddened when he decides to leave. After their "captain" departs with the Straw Hats, they keep his tradition of yelling "Pirates are coming!".
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Each of them resembles their named vegetable: A tuft of hair pops out of Carrot's bandana, making him appear like a carrot; Pepper wears a pepper-shaped hat and Onion's haircut resembles the shape of an onion, with a lock like a onion's bud.
- Blinding Bangs: Carrot's eyes are covered by his hair.
- Edible Theme Naming: Their Japanese names, Ninjin, Piiman and Tamanegi, respectively mean "carrot", "pepper" and "onion", each a kind of vegetable. Naturally, their appearances match those of said vegetables.
- Hidden Depths: Being kids, each of them has an ambition for when they become adults: Carrot wants to open a bar and Pepper and Onion want to become a carpenter and a writer, respectively.
- Kid Sidekick: All of them are this to Usopp, following him in every misadventure, and prove to be useful helping him to save Kaya.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Onion has the habit of disappearing only to reappear out of nowhere screaming.
- One Steve Limit: Carrot's (Ninjin) name is the same as that of Carrot, the rabbit mink who follows the Straw Hats after leaving Zou. However, his name is written in kanji, and therefore isn't translated, keeping the names different.
- Passing the Torch: Not directly, but, after Usopp leaves, they mantain his tradition of yelling "pirates are coming!" every day.
- She's All Grown Up: Downplayed, since they only go from 9 to 11 years old, but it's evident they've started to hit puberty during the timeskip.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Carrot has light purple hair.
- Youthful Freckles: Carrot has freckles and is a young kid.
A fish-themed ocean-going restaurant. Headed by the eatery's founder, the ex-pirate Red Leg Zeff, these cooks dish out food for their customers... and pain for any trouble-making pirate. In fact, most people come to the Baratie just to watch the cooks and pirates duke it out. Among the staff are two cooks, Patty and Carne, who seem to act as a comedy duo when together. Sanji himself used to work here, until Zeff convinced him to go join the Straw Hats and follow his dreams in the Grand Line.
- Badass Crew: They're not pirates, but are the most badass salarymen in the East Blue, and manage to hold their own against Krieg's armada, which is the strongest crew of East Blue.
- Chef of Iron: An entire kitchen staff of them! Not only they do often engage in fight with eachother, something that many guests come just to see, but they are able to resist the assault of a pirate crew.
- Improbable Weapon User: All the staff uses oversized forks and knives as weapons, something that is not so improbable from a chef. Patty and Carne are later shown with giant spoons on their attempted last sneak attack on Sanji.
- Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: When Krieg, desperately hungry after Mihawk wiped out his fleet, enters the ship for a meal, the crew, all knowing what a smug Jerkass Krieg is, all refuse to help him and are fully prepared to just let him keel over and starve to death. Sanji, however, takes pity on and feeds him over the others' protests; having nearly starved to death himself as a child, death by starvation is a fate he wouldn't wish on anyone.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: All of them to eachother. They may argue, fight, and make threats, but when the chips are down, they come together against any attacking pirate, and don't tolerate when one a guest insults one of them.
Chef "Red-Leg" Zeff
Voiced by: Koji Yada (JP, most media), Ben Hiura (JP, all media from 2017 onwards), Robert O'Gorman (EN, 4Kids), Grant James (EN, Funi), Garrett Schenck (EN, second Funi voice), Jorge Santos (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 65 (Pre-Timeskip), 67 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 43 (Manga), Episode 20 (Anime)
Sanji's mentor, and an ex-pirate, Zeff is a the proprietor of the Baratie. In his pirating days, he spent a year in the Grand Line, and while in the East Blue attacked the ship Sanji worked on. A storm destroyed the ship and his own, leaving him and Sanji to almost starve to death on a barren rock. After being rescued, he set up the Baratie, and taught Sanji how to cook and fight.
- An Arm and a Leg: After giving a young Sanji all of the food they have, Zeff sacrifices his leg to survive staying on an island without food for weeks. It costs him the possibility to become a pirate again, since he was famous for his kicks, so he decides to open a restaurant after leaving the island.
- Autocannibalism: After he and Sanji wrecks in a deserted island, Zeff gives Sanji all of the food they have and resort to eat his own leg so as not to starve to death while on the island, giving up his pirate career as a result. In the anime, this was changed to getting his leg caught in some wreckage while trying to save Sanji from drowning.
- Badass and Child Duo: As the only survivors of a shipwreck, Zeff and a younhg Sanji form a bond, especially after Sanji learns Zeff has given him all of their food and sacrificed his leg (and his pirate career) for him. Then they open the Baratie together.
- Badass Mustache: Zeff has a braided mustache making him similar to a viking, emphasizing his badassery.
- Badass Normal: For a guy with no Devil Fruit powers, surviving a year inside the Grand Line is quite a feat.
- Badass Teacher: He taught Sanji everything he knows about both cooking and fighting.
- Blunt "Yes": When Sanji discovered that Zeff had given him all the food and eaten his own leg to survive, Zeff was almost scarily calm about it.Sanji: Did you... did you eat your own leg?!Zeff: Yes.Sanji: Was the food that you gave me all there was to begin with?!Zeff: Yes.Sanji: But you can't be a pirate any more without your leg!Zeff: Yes...
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His legs, even the wooden one, are powerful enough to destroy boulders and leave foot prints in steel.
- Chef of Iron: In the past he was both a pirate captain and a renowned cook, now he's only a cook, but is still able to put up a fight.
- Chekhov's Gun: He's the first person seen to refer to the first half of the Grand Line as "Paradise", 500-some chapters later, it's learned that this is the term used for it by New World pirates, referring to the huge difficulty spike between the two seas. Naturally, this imply that Zeff used to be a New World pirate.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a quirky old chef who runs a restaurant where everyone is a Chef of Iron and has a strict sense of honor.
- Everyone Has Standards: He wasn't the nicest pirate, and still isn't the nicest person, but Zeff strictly follows the rule "don't steal food", and Heaven help those who do. He also believes that a guy isn't supposed to hit a woman and taught this to Sanji by literally beating it to him.
- Expy: Zeff is based off one of the most famous pirate in literature, Long John Silver. Like Silver, Zeff is a peg-legged chef, only this time he used to be a pirate, although he was already a cook as well.
- Foil: To Vinsmoke Judge. Judge is Sanji's biological father but disliked his culinary talent and only wanted to make a soldier out of him, until he eventually disowns Sanji when he proves to be too weak compared to his brothers. Zeff is Sanji's adoptive father and taught him all that he knows about cooking and, while he and Sanji quarrel a lot, deep down they care for each other, especially because Zeff sacrificed his pirate career for Sanji, who has grown into the person he is in major part thanks to Zeff.
- Good Is Not Nice: He willingly sacrificed his leg to help a kid to survive and is always willing to feed whoever is starving, but is also a very rude and grumpy old man and, after Luffy accidentally destroys his restaurant's roof, Zeff forces Luffy to work for him.
- Grumpy Old Man: While he isn't that old, he's a retired pirate who does grump a bit and can be very blunt.
- Handicapped Badass: Although he cannot fight as well as he used to, since he lost his leg, Zeff is still an efficient fighter and the wind from kicking his peg leg can stop flaming bullets.
- Hat of Authority: Zeff's chef hat is the largest, thus indicating that he is in charge.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After a shipwreck, Zeff and a young Sanji are the only survivors, and Zeff gives him a tiny ration of food while keeping for himself a huge bag, which later Sanji learns contains only gold, meaning Zeff has given him all of their food and ate his own leg (sacrificing his career as a pirate) to survive.
- Honor Before Reason: When Don Krieg comes to the restaurant asking for food for him and his crew, every chef refuses to provide any because of Krieg's reputation as a ruthless pirate, fearing he would turn on them after being fed. Zeff doesn't care and gives them a load of food anyway. Unfortunately, his cooks were right about Krieg.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Despite butting heads with Sanji, he defends Sanji's decision to feed Gin and Krieg, saying that the other cooks don't understand what it's like to starve and prepares all of the food necessary to feed the Krieg Armada.
- Insult of Endearment: He calls Sanji "eggplant" (often "little eggplant"), especially when berating him but doesn't change how much he's cared about Sanji over the years.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Him and Sanji. They first met when the latter was a cabin boy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zeff is a rude man and doesn't hesitate to lay the smackdown on Sanji, even when he was still a kid, but he truly does care for Sanji, and cries when Sanji leaves to join the Straw Hats. Zeff rejoices with the other cooks when he learns of Sanji's first bounty.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: After wrecking on a deserted island, Zeff gives Sanji all of their, making he believes to have kept most of the rations when in truth his bag contains only gold. To survive starving for weeks, Zeff sacrifices his own leg and eat it, giving up to his pirate career.
- Like a Son to Me: While it would take a lot for them to admit, Sanji and Zeff's relationship is that of a loving son and father.
- Nice Hat: Zeff wears a typical chef hat, which is also the largest in the restaurant, to show that he's the one in charge.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His staunch insistence that a man should never hit a girl, which he forced Sanji to adopt, has nearly gotten Sanji killed on several occasions due to running across various Action Girls.
- Parental Substitute: Is shown to be a gruff and stern, but caring father figure to Sanji. However, Big Mom forces Sanji into an Arranged Marriage to her daughter by threatening to not only kill Zeff (and probably all the Baratie chefs), but to send Sanji his head if he refuses. Also, it becomes much more poignant when meeting Sanji's biological family, including his absolute dick of a biological father.
- Red Baron: He earned the moniker Red-Leg because of the blood from those he kicked got spilled on him.
- Reformed Criminal: Zeff was once a famous and feared pirate, but is now a respectable chef and restaurant owner.
- Retired Badass: Once a feared pirate, now a chef exclusively. Justified since, without his leg, he can't fight at his best.
- Seadog Peg Leg: Averted. Although Zeff's peg leg makes him more easily associated with a pirate, which he was in the past, his pirate career ended precisely because he sacrificed his legs to survive on a desert island and only got the peg later on. Despite not being as strong as he used to be, Zeff can still (literally) kick anybody's ass.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Him and Sanji often insult each other, but deep down, they care for each other.
- Would Hurt a Child: Had no qualms kicking Sanji when they first met, and even while educating him, he didn't hesitate to use violence. Sanji mentions that growing up as a teenager on the Baratie, Zeff would often continue to kick him at full power; which, effectively, is one of the reasons Sanji has such a high damage soak nowadays.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Zeff believes a woman mustn't be hit for any reason and passed this principle on to Sanji (to the point that he threatened to castrate him before killing himself out of shame if the "brat" did hit a woman). It's also the reason why he doesn't hire and train female cooks. He wouldn't be able to "train them" by kicking them around the way he does his male cooks.
Patty and Carne
Patty Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Chuck Powers (EN, Odex), Robert O'Gorman (EN, 4Kids), Jeremy Inman (EN, Funi)
Carne Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi (JP), Kōzō Shioya (JP, Grand Battle! Rush!), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex), Sean Schemmel (EN, 4Kids), Charlie Campbell (EN, Funi)
Patty's Age: 27 (Pre-Timeskip), 29 (Post-Timeskip)
Carne's Age: 32 (Pre-Timeskip), 34 (Post-Timeskip)
Patty's Debut: Chapter 44 (Manga), Episode 21 (Anime)
Carne's Debut: Chapter 45 (Manga), Episode 21 (Anime)
Two of the main cooks of Baratie.
- Badass Beard: Patty has a small beard and is a Chef of Iron like everyone working at Baratie. Carne grows a beard as well after the Time-Skip.
- Bash Brothers: They often argue and quarrel with each other, but whenever there is a common enemy, they join forces and fight together. During the assault of Krieg's Armada, they take down multiple pirates.
- BFG: Patty's lobster-shaped cannon, whose projectile is called "Meatball of Doom".
- Edible Theme Naming: Being cooks, it's obvious they follow this theme. Patty is either hamburger or short for Patisserie while Carne is Spanish/Italian for "meat".
- Innocently Insensitive: Patty is very nice to the customers (as long as they pay). However, he unknowingly insults them when he greets them with a big smile.
- Lennon Specs: Carne always wears a pair of dark shaded glasses with round lenses.
- Older Than He Looks: Patty is in his late twenties but looks more like a man in his forties.
- Those Two Guys: They are the most promiment cooks of the restaurant, besides Zeff, and are often seen together. They've even joined the Baratie at the same time.
Conomi IslandsAn archipelago under the control of the (almost literal) Loan Shark Arlong and his crew, the Arlong Pirates, which impose taxes on the inhabitants.
A crew composed of fish-men and in effect a splinter crew of the Sun Pirates, once under the rule of Fisher Tiger and later Jimbei. This small portion of the crew was led by Arlong who settled in the East Blue in order to start an empire of Fish-men. The most important members include Momoo the Sea Cow, Kuroobi the Manta Ray fish-man and Choo, an Archerfish fish-man. To keep the heat off them, they regularly bribe a corrupt Marine Captain named Nezumi. They are the main antagonists of the Arlong Park Arc.
The crew was subsequently defeated by the Straw Hats and scattered, either arrested or free.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Mohmoo is a gigantic sea cow.
- Badass Crew: Being fish-men, they are pretty damn strong; on average, their race is ten times stronger than humans, and even more so underwater.
- The Cameo:
- They make a cameo in Hatchan's mini-arc and in a flashback on Sabaody. Momoo is seen with the Caribou Pirates and has a nasty shock as he recognized Luffy and Sanji.
- Have a more extensive one during the Fish-Man Island arc which more or less is their Start of Darkness.
- Fantastic Racism: Nearly all of them share Arlong's hatred of humans with the exception of Hachi who probably just followed Arlong on a whim, Nami even admits he isn't as bad as the others.
- A House Divided: They were the violent faction of the Sun pirates.
- Jerkass: With the exception of Hachi, the whole crew is really unpleasant.
- Moral Myopia: They kill, blackmail and enslave humans because it is their "divine right". If a human hurts them, it's unforgivable. They basically (un)knowingly act like Celestial Dragons.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: They're a Grand Line-level pirate crew in the middle of East Blue, the weakest sea in the world. Prior to the rise of the Straw Hats, they were unquestionably the strongest pirate crew in the eastern seas. Even the Pirate Armada wouldn't have been able to match them despite the severe numbers-advantage, especially if the battle was on the ocean, and especially after Mihawk trounced their crew and left a mere fraction of the original armada left for survivors. A later arc revealed this was deliberate. Any aspirations Arlong had of growing stronger and dominating the Grand Line died after Vice-Admiral Borsalino (the future Admiral Kizaru) crushed him in battle when he tried to avenge Fisher Tiger's death, and any attempts to subjugate and terrorize humans in that stretch of sea would catch Jimbei's attention, who would kill all of them for spurning Fisher Tiger and Queen Otohime's last wishes and dreams. So, Arlong slunk off to East Blue instead and tried his luck there.
- Oh, Crap!: Momoo, whenever he meets the Straw Hats... or is threatened by Arlong.
- The Psycho Rangers: For the Arlong Park arc, the major officers in the crew serve as this for the Straw Hats. Arlong is the Big Bad and loses to Luffy, Hachi is The Dragon and defeated by Zoro, Kuroobi is The Brute and is beaten by Sanji, and Choo is The Dark Chick and is defeated by Usopp. Mohmoo acts as the Team Pet.
- Species Loyalty: They, especially Arlong, are really against hurting each other.
- Technical Pacifist La Résistance: Used to be this when the crew was part of the Sun Pirates.
- Undying Loyalty: They are loyal to Arlong above all else. After Fisher Tiger died, they split off from the main group because Arlong left.
- We Were Your Team: The Sun Pirates split up after the death of their leader.
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), David Wills (EN, 4Kids), Chris Rager (EN, Funi), Óscar Gómez (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 39 (Pre-Timeskip), 41 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 69 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
"Saw-Tooth" Arlong is a Sawshark Fish-man (a species of humanoid fish), the captain of the Arlong Pirates, and hugely racist towards humans. He was a former member of the Sun Pirates, but after their captain Jimbei became one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, he broke off, taking his former crew with him, and searched for easy targets in the relatively tame East Blue. There, he and his crew enslaved Nami's home island and forced her to work for them as a cartographer, after killing her surrogate mother Belle-Mère. With her cartography skills and his connections with the Marines allowing him to operate under the radar, Arlong's plan was to turn the East Blue into his own personal empire.
Arlong and the rest of his crew were imprisoned after the Straw Hats put an end to his reign. Hachi was the only one to escape.
Prior to his capture, his bounty was 20,000,000 Berries.
- Arc Villain: He's the main threat during the Arlong Park arc but, despite not being seen after being defeated, gains more significance later on with the flashback of Fish-Man Island, which explains his origin and how he went to the East Blue.
- Benevolent Boss: As horrible as he is to humans, he genuinely cares for his crew.
- BFS: His Shark Saw sword (kiribachi) is about as big as he is, complete with a Serrated Blade of Pain.
- Big Brother Worship: He used to look up to Jimbei and Fisher Tiger since he grew up with them. Even when Jimbei was being rude to him, Arlong showed nothing but admiration towards him, until Fisher Tiger died and their friendship fell apart.
- Blood Knight: During his days in the Sun Pirates, he was constantly remarked for his excessive brutality towards the humans.
- The Bully: Turned into this after Borsalino and later Jimbei whooped his ass - the minute that Arlong knew how outclassed he was, he decided to set up shop in East Blue so he could freely throw his weight around.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Turns out that his ambition becomes this in the worst possible way — There's an entire fish-man crew that agrees with his world view in Fish-Man Island, and they're shaping up to be fine villains themselves. At least, until they were beaten by Luffy and the Straw Hats and suffer a Karmic Transformation...
- Dirty Coward: At the end of the day, he's a craven racist bully who originally thought he was hot shit, got the living shit kicked out of him first by Borsalino and then by Jimbei, and then, upon realizing how outclassed he was, decided to run to East Blue to set up shop because he knew that the chances of anyone being able to pose a threat to him there were slim to none. Rather than put in the hard work to get stronger so he wouldn't lose again, he just took the easy way out so he could still throw his weight around without having to do anything different.
- Disproportionate Retribution: After his captain Fisher Tiger died of refusing a blood transfusion out of his sheer self-loathing inner hated of humanity, Arlong decided to make every human's lives, a living hell, starting with a village that had nothing to do with the racial discrimination For the Evulz and out of spite.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: His friendship with Jimbei fell apart due to Arlong refusing to listen to Fisher Tiger's dying wish for peace between humans and Fish-men. Jimbei decided to follow that wish and became a Warlord so that Sun Pirates could go home to their families, but Arlong saw that as Jimbei cowardly serving the government that murdered Tiger, and vowed to start a race war against humans. Jimbei didn't take kindly to this, and would've beat him to death had he not had brotherly affection for Arlong.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Arlong's possessiveness towards Nami goes far past his stated desire of keeping her because she's a good surveyor, and his emotional abuse, manipulations, and threats to kill her friends and family if she ever leaves him make him out to be a crazy abusive boyfriend. Hell, he even calls her adorable in the dub.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Back when he and Jimbei were younger and on the same crew, the latter's brutality when fighting the Marines or other opponents was sometimes so harsh that Arlong himself would tell him enough. Odd how circumstances have changed.
- He does keep the standards related to not harming other Fish-men, though.
- As much as Arlong hated humans, he was still shocked at how utterly broken Koala had been by the World Nobles when she was just a little girl.
- Evil Laugh: Sha-ha-ha-ha.
- Exact Words: Nami makes a Deal with the Devil with him to serve as his cartographer until such time as she can scrape together 100 million Berries. He never said he wouldn't tell the Marines where her stash was when she was only 7 million away.
- Fantastic Racism: He and his crew believe Fish-men to be the "lords of all creation", and that humans are completely inferior.
- A Father to His Men: Despite being a General Ripper to humans, he is as attached to his True Companions as Luffy is to his own, thus his ONLY Pet the Dog moment. Because of that, he takes at least four different levels of Unstoppable Rage, each for his three defeated Elite Mooks and one when Luffy uses a fallen Mook as a shield to his bite attack.
- Faux Affably Evil: Zigzagged between this and Affably Evil. He's seems like a cool guy to hang around with, as long as you're not human. Even if you are a human, he pretends to act nice before ripping you to shreds. However, while he possesses a strong contempt for humans, he deeply respects and cares for his crew.
- Fish People: He and his crew and the first intelligent non humans to appear in the series.
- Freudian Excuse: An interesting case. Arlong lived out his childhood in the worse parts of Fish-Man Island and sometimes went to surface overlooking Sabaody Park with his friends, developing an admiration/envy of human life. As an adult, he modeled his Arlong Park headquarters after the Sabaody Park, implying that a part of him wanted to be human. This makes his racist beliefs come off more like bitter rationalizations meant to compensate for his desire of a lifestyle he could never have because of his race. While it would seem like the discrimination and slavery his people suffered was also a major factor, it's important to note that Arlong himself never experienced any of it firsthand; he has only heard of it and known fish-men that were once slaves, the one betrayal he experienced because of humans was not racially motivated, and his sworn brother Fisher Tiger died only because Tiger would not accept the blood of a human- which Tiger himself admitted was wrong. In spite of this though, Arlong became a fish-man supremacist waging a "holy war" towards humans. Despite being part of a marginalized group, the way Arlong turned out is largely his own doing.
- The Fundamentalist: He once told a young Hody Jones that a "holy war" is being waged between the fish-men and humans.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Despite being faced earlier in the story, Arlong's belief and ideology strongly influenced Hody Jones and his mates, which would become a group of extremely racist fish-men and the main villains of the Fish-Man Island arc.
- Hellish Pupils: When his rage hits the breaking point, his pupils and irises become narrow slits, emulating the eyes of a Sea King.
- Hidden Depths:
- Albeit subtle, it was clear that Arlong had been changing through Nami. He gave her the things that the only other human he had any experience with wanted to and he treated her as an equal to his own men, even if he did do some bastardly things to keep her in his crew. While it might not be enough to make him anything other than a bigot, it at least showed that he wasn't completely the monster he seemed upon first introduction.
- As seen in Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond, Arlong, at heart, is a coward. After facing the overwhelming power of one of the real top dogs of the world and confronted with the sheer power difference between him and Jimbei, he decided to run away to the weakest sea on the planet instead of growing stronger to fulfill his ambitions in the Grand Line, where accomplishing them would actually mean something. All his plans were centered on East Blue, with not a hint of him ever turning his attentions back to the Grand Line, because he was too scared to try and measure up to the real monsters there.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Is shown to have these when we see his eyes up close.
- I Have Your Wife: This is how he holds Nami in his grasp; he'll free the villages from his reign of terror if she pays him 100 million berries, but she'd better work fast to earn that money since he won't stop punishing the villagers if they fail to pay his taxes.
- Jerkass Has a Point: During the Sun Pirates' time with Koala, Arlong states that her parents probably hate fish-men and later adds that them bringing her back won't make the villagers stop hating them. He was right.
- Kick the Dog: A major defining element of his character. It's telling when his cruelty still stands out among most of the villains that Luffy has faced after all these years.
- Kill Me Now, or Forever Stay Your Hand: After Arlong is released from prison, thanks to Jimbei becoming a Warlord, an unimpressed Arlong decides to break away from the Sunny Pirates and lead his own crew again, promising to spread the hatred of the Fish-men for humans wherever he goes, and goads Jimbei to kill him where he stands if he has a problem with it. Jimbei is so enraged that Tiger's last wishes were going to waste that he nearly does by savagely beating him, but he stops at the last moment, as he could never could bring himself to kill his own "brother".
- Leeroy Jenkins: After Fisher Tiger was killed, Arlong charged the marines to avenge his former captain and was easily dealt with by Kizaru.
- Lightning Bruiser: Only under water, where he can swim at fast speeds. On land he can still lift entire houses, however.
- Loan Shark: A literal example of this trope, he's a sawfish fish-man who demands large taxes from the inhabitants of the Coconami Islands, otherwise he would kill them and flip upside down the houses. His name is also a pun, "Ahlong" means loan shark.
- Make an Example of Them: He murders Belle-Mère to show the villagers what happens if they don't pay up for his tax.
- Making a Splash: Due to his strength, he can throw water drops with the force of a shotgun blast.
- Manipulative Bastard: When you can make a little girl work for you willingly after killing her mother right in front of her, you definitely qualify for this.
- Nice Hat: He wears a simple, dark grey hat. In the past, he wore an ushanka.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If he hadn't screwed Nami over, Luffy wouldn't have gotten enraged enough to kick his tailfin.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Is a Grand Line level pirate who decided to set up shop in the East Blue (and plotted to take it over). This was deliberate. Arlong got a taste of what a real big fish in the Grand Line was when Vice-Admiral Borsalino (the future Admiral Kizaru) chewed him up and spit him out when he tried to avenge Fisher Tiger's death, and then Jimbei gave him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Realizing he'd never be able to measure up and wanting to avoid Jimbei's attention, Arlong all but fled to East Blue with his loyalists and tried to live out his ambitions there instead, knowing that the Marines present would either be too weak or too corruptible to stop him.
- Now That's Using Your Teeth!: Arlong can chew a cannonball- one that's been fired- to bits with no effort. His moniker in the VIZ translated manga is "Saw-Tooth". And even if you manage to break his teeth, he can just grow a new set because of his shark heritage. During his fight with Luffy, however, he explains that it's really the strength of his jaws that allow him to bite through steel and metal; as proof, Luffy put Arlong's detached teeth in his jaw and bit Arlong with it, but he isn't harmed that much.
- Pet the Dog: In a anime-only flashback he saves Hody's friends from some human kidnappers.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A horrifically brutal and sadistic racist and Fish-man supremacist who sees nothing wrong with enslaving entire human villages and murdering anyone who doesn't pay absurdly high taxes.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Arlong is willing to put his racism towards humans aside for profit and prefers bribing corrupt Marines over attacking them.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Jimbei. Both of them were still pretty violent in the original Sun Pirates crew though ironically, Arlong was the blue Oni and gradually got worse, while Jimbei was the exact opposite.
- Sadist: He laughs at Nami's misery after he breaks his promise to her. He then brags to his crew about he would keep Nami under his control for the rest of his life.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He bribes marines to keep his operations in the East Blue low-profile, and believes that money is the lifeblood of the world. This is also, among a few other things, one thing that sets him apart from Hody Jones: Arlong, while thinking that humans are worthless scums, only uses his racist motive for getting money; Hody goes to the next level and becomes an actual Fish-man supremacist who will kill his own kin if they happen to help humans.
- Serrated Blade of Pain: The Shark Saw (kiribachi) is a pole with huge teeth set into it.
- Shark Fin of Doom: During his fight with Luffy, he decides to build up speed underwater for his Shark on Darts attack, briefly leaving his dorsal fin visible before diving. Luffy actually believes that's it's just some random shark before Usopp corrects him.
- Shark Man: A Sawshark type of Fish-man. And quite the asshole, too.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: A ton of his dialog is nothing but him going on and on about how fish-men are superior to pathetic, puny humans, especially in his back and forth with Luffy during their fight, to the point that one of Luffy's most defiant things during said fight is simply telling him to shut up about it.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his sister, Madame Sharley. He despises humans while she's more tolerating towards them.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: When Koala left for her village, he broke the Sun Pirates' mood by saying that she would grow to hate fish-men as any other human. He turns out to be wrong.
- Sinister Schnoz: He is a sawshark fish-man, after all. It's weaponized, too. It's hard enough to resist Zoro's blade (albeit while he's heavily injured), though Luffy manages to break it with his bare hands.
- Small Name, Big Ego: This guy honestly thinks he "is the rage of all the Fish-men" and can Take Over the World just by being a Fish-man squatting in the weakest sea. Later arcs make it clear most Fish-men don't really care for his ideals, and many of them are much stronger to boot; Jimbei gave him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown after he announced his desire to continue terrorising humans after Fisher Tiger told him not to with his dying breath. Arlong was scarred by his near-death experience at the hands of a fellow Fish-man and ran off to East Blue mostly to avoid attracting Jimbei's attention.
- Slasher Smile: Being a shark, it's kind of unavoidable.
- Super Strength: As a Fish-man, he was able to up-end a house very easily.
- Take Over the World: He's trying to take over all of East Blue and eventually the world.
- Threatening Shark: Arlong is a sawshark (the kind of shark that has jagged saw-like extension in the front.)
- Token Evil Teammate: Was this in the Sun Pirates. While there were some other unsavory characters in the group, he was always the first to suggest violent terrorism towards humans. He was even about to kill a slave just for being a human asking them to send her home.
- True Companions: One of the few major villains that have been seen caring for his minions, giving a genuinely horrified apology to the mook he accidentally bites due to Luffy using him as a living shield.
- Ungrateful Bastard: One of the conditions Jimbei had for becoming a Warlord was Arlong's release from Impel Down. Arlong decides to repay this by spitting in Jimbei's face, calling him a coward for not wanting revenge against all humans, and then running off to East Blue after Jimbei spared him from his wrath out of brotherly affection to hide from his attention.
- Unstoppable Rage: This is one of his actual superhuman abilities. Although it proved to be not so unstoppable, in the end.
- We Used to Be Friends: He, Jimbei, and Fisher Tiger grew up together in the Fish-man District and were basically Blood Brothers. Alas, the friendship died off with Fisher Tiger himself, as Jimbei decided to heed Tiger's dying wish to seek peace with humans, while Arlong wanted to make them pay for killing Tiger. The argument ended in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in Jimbei's favor, and they never saw each other again after that day.
- The Worf Effect: Arlong is the strongest antagonist of the East Blue saga. When pitted against the future Kizaru and Jimbei in a flashback, he's all but annihilated. It's implied that he didn't get much stronger in the years since then (in fact, an argument can be made that he got weaker thanks to all those years lounging around in East Blue), showing how vast the gap is between the antagonists of the East Blue saga and the true top tier fighters of the world.
- Would Hit a Girl: Viciously beat up Bellemere before killing her via a gunshot to the head.
- Would Hurt a Child: Was physically abusive to a young Nami and he smacked a young Koala pretty hard at one point during her stay as well.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: He shares a respect to the corrupt Marine captain Nezumi for their mutual love for money and considers Nami the only exception to the humans.
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Tom Wayland (EN, 4Kids), Jay Hickman (EN, Funi)
Age: 33 (Pre-Timeskip), 35 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 69 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
A Smelt-Whiting Fish-man and an officer of the Arlong Pirates, he's the most cool headed member, and only loses his temper after Usopp annoys him during their battle.
Like the fish he's based on, he has the ability to spit water projectiles from his mouth, making him a fitting opponent for Usopp.
He has a bounty of 5,500,000 berries.
- Blush Stickers: He has pink dots on his cheeks, but in this case they don't make him look any cuter.
- Cold Sniper: True to his fish type, he can spit water from his mouth, and he's the sniper of the Arlong Pirates. He's also more cool-headed than his fellow members.
- Gag Lips: Has a protruding mouth (with very large lips) which can spit water. It's also a Visual Pun on his fish-type Japanese name (Kisu also means "kiss"), since his lips resemble those of a kissing mouth.
- Gatling Good: When gets angry enough, he can shoot water bullets like a machine gun.
- Kill It with Fire: How he is defeated. Usopp launches alcoholic sake at him, splattering his body with alcohol and then igniting the liquid, whacking him with a hammer and rubber band until he passes out.
- Making a Splash: Choo can shoot water bullets out of his huge lips.
- Punny Name: Choo is the sound of kissing. He's a smelt-whiting Fish-man with huge lips.
- Super Spit: His specialty is spitting out shots of water. Fitting for a smelt-whiting Fish-man.
- Underestimating Badassery: His arrogant personality makes him underestimate Usopp when he chases him. This causes Choo to lose his temper and ultimately lose to him.
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN, 4Kids), Patrick Seitz (EN, Funi)
Age: 36 (Pre-Timeskip), 38 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 69 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
A Ray Fish-man and an officer of the Arlong Pirates and the most arrogant and cruel member. He's the only one to not completely trust Nami, and proves to be right.
He's a master of Fish-man Karate, a fighting style practiced only by fish-men.
He has a bounty of 9,000,000 berries.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's very confident of his abilities and looks down on the others. Bonus points for actually being a karateka, Fish-man Karateka that is.
- Combat Pragmatist: The first thing he does during his battle with Sanji is to move the battlefield underwater, where he has a clear advantage, then he hits Sanji to make him release more air and would've won had Sanji not bitten Kuroobi's gills. Once the two are out of water, Sanji wins easily.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: At first is on the giving end against Sanji when the two are fighting underwater, but once the fight is moved out of water, the situation is reversed and Sanji defeats Kuroobi quickly.
- Jerkass: With the exception of Hachi, all of the Arlong Pirates are really unpleasant, but special mention goes to Kuroobi who takes great pleasure in hurting the others, either slashing Genzo for attempting to defend Nami, or trying to give Sanji the most painful death possible. The latter comes back to bite him in the ass.
- Logical Weakness: Sanji works out that Fish-men have two respiratory systems in order to live amphibiously, and that they must switch between them when going from sea to land. Therefore, while they're underwater their gills must work the same as a fish's. He then exploits this while Kuroobi is drowning him by blowing air into his gills, asphyxiating him and getting him to release his grip. This moves the battle out of water, annulling Kuroobi' field advantage.
- Meaningful Name: Kuroobi means Black Belt. Fitting for a practitioner of Fish-man Karate.
- Properly Paranoid: He doesn't like or trust Nami, suspecting that she's planning on betraying them. She has no true loyalty to Arlong, and, according to him, tried to have him killed on multiple occasions. She even helps Zoro and Usopp escape from Arlong, faking the latter's death.
- Uncertain Doom: After being arrested, it's not clear if he's still in prison or has been executed. It doesn't help that Luffy doesn't see him in Impel Down. The closest hint to his being alive is that the sixth databook lists his age from post-timeskip.
- Underestimating Badassery: Mocks Sanji saying he's too weak to defend Nami, only to be on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at the end of the fight.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Despite his racism against humans, he compliments Sanji for his strength, then mocks his willingness to fight for Nami, calling it a waste.
Cocoyashi VillageNami's hometown.
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (JP), Tara Sands (EN, 4Kids), Tiffany Grant (EN, Funi), Nallely Solís (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 20 (Pre-Timeskip), 22 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 70 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
Nami's adoptive older sister. Their hometown was destroyed during the war, and she and Nami were among the very few survivors. The orphaned Nojiko found an also orphaned baby Nami among the ruins and carried her around in her arms, until she found their soon-to-be mother Bell-mère...
- Action Survivor: She doesn't fight on the front lines against Arlong and his men, but she helps the Straw Hats by diving into a body of water in what amounts to an active battlefield in order to keep Luffy alive. She's definitely Nami's sister and Bellemere's daughter.
- Big Damn Heroes: In a sense — Bell-mère was about to let herself die after fighting in a brutal war on Nami and Nojiko's island that left her severely wounded. If little Nojiko hadn't shown up when she did with baby Nami, that would've been the case.
- Cool Big Sis: Adoptive sis, but still. Case in point, Nami's forever hatred of her tattoo led Nojiko to get her own so that her sister wouldn't feel alone about it. She also tossed Nami a bracelet before she left her home for a second time, as seen in Strong World (the bracelet exchange is a canonical moment that Oda neglected to mention and retroactively edited into the story).
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her and Nami's original hometown was destroyed by pirates and her parents were nowhere to be seen, leaving her an orphan at a young age. Thankfully, she found a family in Nami and Bell-mère. Sadly, when she was just 12, she watched her beloved adoptive mother be gunned down by a vicious pirate and then was powerless to stop him from taking away her little sister. She then spent the next 8 years supporting Nami in getting the amount of money to buy back their home.
- Dub Name Change: It's called Coco Village in the official VIZ English release.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The level-headed, straight-laced Responsible to Nami's rash, thieving Foolish.
- Forced to Watch: She and Nami are forced to watch Arlong kill Bell-mère before their eyes.
- Happily Adopted: Had no qualms with Belle-Mere adopting her.
- Ms. Exposition: She and Genzo explain to the Straw Hats what's really going on with Nami and why she "backstabbed" them.
- Secret Keeper: She was the one person Nami told about her quest to buy back the village.
- Sole Survivor: Along with Nami, who was a baby at the time, they're the only survivors from their initial hometown after a pirate attack.
- Taking the Bullet: For her sister. Fortunately, it only hit her shoulder, but it was enough for the villagers to want to fight back against Arlong's crew, leading to Nami's Heroic BSoD.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The sassy, punkish Tomboy to Nami's mischievous and sprightly Girly Girl.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair.
Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (JP), Matt Hoverman (EN, 4Kids), Bill Flynn (EN, Funi), Carlos Águila (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 46 (Pre-Timeskip), 48 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 71 (Manga), Episode 32 (Anime)
Mayor/sheriff of Cocoyashi, and one of Nami and Nojiko's parental figures on the island.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's both the mayor and sheriff of the village, and he's tough as nails — the fact that he survives a brutal attack by Kuroobi with only scars to show for it demonstrates how tough he is.
- Badass Moustache: He has the brimmed mustache, common for middle-aged badass lawmen.
- Cool Old Guy: Repeat, he's the sheriff of Cocoyashi.
- Covered in Scars: As a result of going up against the Arlong Pirates, he was sliced and diced all over, resulting in a ton of stitches to sew up his deep wounds.
- Face of a Thug: One that scared Nami when she was a baby, too.
- Get Out!: After learning that Nami had joined the Arlong Pirates, he ordered her out of the village.
- Good Parents: He's the closest thing that Nami and Nojiko have to a father, and he treats them both as surrogate daughters. In fact, it was due to him and Bellemere that the two had a happy childhood (until Arlong showed up and screwed everything to hell), with him playing the part of the strict parent to Bell-mère's more relaxed parenting style.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He's notoriously older than Bell-mère's, but they get along quite well. According to his own words, they've been familiar with each other from when she was a little girl.
- Nice Hat: With a whimsical pinwheel attached to it since Nami was a baby. He did this to distract her from being intimidated by his face so she would laugh instead of crying. Genzo wears the pinwheel even after she's matured, since her life is so rough and she requires something to make her smile. He later leaves the pinwheel behind at Bell-mère's grave when Arlong is defeated, knowing he doesn't need it anymore.
- Overprotective Dad:
- When he sees Nami's wanted poster, his first reaction is to call the Marines and complain... that the sexy picture will attract more suitors than bounty hunters. (Not that it stopped him from blowing it up on his wall...)
- He also tells Luffy that he'll kill him if he "breaks (Nami's) heart".
- Papa Wolf: He is fine with Arlong allowing Nami to buy back Cocoyashi while Genzo made sure the village was safe, but once Arlong tries to use a Loophole Abuse to keep Nami in his employ... that is line crossing, so much so that he rallies the entire village for an assault on Arlong Park, all for Nami's sake.
- Parental Substitute: While he is not officially Nami and Nojiko's father, he certainly acts like one to the girls.
- Scars Are Forever: Got scars etched all over his body when he stood against the Arlong Pirates and Kuroobi gutted him in response.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He questioned Nojiko and found out about Nami's quest, but didn't tell Nami until the confrontation with Nezumi.
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (JP), Kathleen Delaney (EN, 4Kids), Cynthia Cranz (EN, Funi), Gabriela Gómez (Latin American Spanish)
Debut: Chapter 77 (Manga), Episode 32 (Anime)
Nami and Nojiko's adoptive mother and a former Marine, she was a strong-willed lady that lived at Cocoyashi village with her adoptive daughters. She was killed by Arlong after deciding to use her money to save her daughters instead.
- Action Mom: The adoptive mother of Nami and Nojiko and she was a Marine.
- Badass Longcoat: She wore one when she was a Marine, which implies she was a Captain or another high-ranking officer.
- Berserk Button: In a flashback, she gave a boy a hard punch when Nami reveals he said her tangerines "sucked".
- Boom, Headshot!: How Arlong kills her in the manga. The anime tones it down by making the kill shot a blast to the chest.
- Bowdlerised: Her fate in the 4Kids version, where she's imprisoned in a dungeon instead of being shot in the head. Apparently 4Kids overlooked the fact that this means she had to have starved to death in the dungeon.
- Call to Agriculture: After a short career as a strong marine soldier, she retired to live as a modest tangerine farmer once she adopted Nami and Nojiko.
- Dead Person Conversation: In the anime, Nami imagines herself saying goodbye to Belle-Mère and her reluctance to let go of her childhood home. Then it turns out to be more than just her imagination, as the actual spirit of Belle-Mère gives her a reassuring push like she won't be bothered by Nami embarking on an adventure and to get going already and not feel bad about it anymore.
- Death by Despair: Barely averted in her backstory. She had fought in a terrible battle that destroyed a city, ended up severely injured and was just waiting for her almost sure demise... then she saw little Nojiko carrying baby Nami in her arms and regained the will to live, taking the little girls in.
- Delinquent Hair: "Girl Power". And cool too.
- Face Death with Dignity: Even with Arlong pointing a gun at her, she just tells her daughters she loves them with a smile on her face.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Belle Mere gets shot in the head point blank by Arlong.
- Famous Last Words: "Nojiko! Nami! I love you!"
- Fiery Redhead: Red haired with a temper to match. Just don't threaten her daughters.
- Former Teen Rebel: She was a renowned trouble maker in her youth.
- Good Parents: Unorthodox, true, but she tried to do right by her girls (including a time when she was so broke, she lived off of tangerines for a month just so Nami and Nojiko could have a more rounded diet).
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: One of the many good characters seen with a cigarette.
- Go Out with a Smile: Before she's shot, she smiles at Nami and Nojiko and tells them that she loves them with a grin on her face.
- Hidden Depths: A retroactive example. The people of her village were genuinely shocked that Belle-Mère the troublemaker would join the Marines. And flashbacks into Belle-mère's Marine days shows her peers describing her as reliable.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She gives up her own life so that her daughters can live.
- Hot-Blooded: She is quite impulsive, letting her emotions get the better of her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Belle-Mère was an impulsive, mischievous troublemaker (especially in her youth), but was also brave, dependable, and a good mother to her daughters.
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Her sandals are flung off from the force of being shot when she gets killed, exemplifying how violent her murder was. Some adaptations of the scene show only one falling off, while updates to it show both tumbling loose.
- Lovable Rogue: While she was renowned delinquent, she was also beloved by Cocoyashi villagers.
- Mama Bear: Towards Nami and Nojiko. First, when they were younger (Nami an infant and Nojiko a toddler), Belle-Mère sailed in a raging storm to get them to a doctor and refused to be treated until her (future) daughters were taken care of first. Second, the only reason she did her Heroic Sacrifice was to ensure the safety of her daughters.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is French for "stepmother". Literally, it translates to "beautiful mother". Both definitions describe her well.
- Posthumous Character: Mostly. Her spirit appears to help send Nami off from Cocoyashi Village without any regrets when she wants to become a pirate but still feels guilty about leaving her hometown behind for the long term, including the beloved memories of her adoptive mother. Belle-Mère encourages her to get going already by giving her a pat on the back, pushing Nami out the door with gusto.
- Redhead In Green: A red head who wore a green, plaid t-shirt.
- Retired Badass: Was in the Marines for a bit, but retired early to raise Nami and Nojiko.
- Smoking Is Cool: She was a smoker, former Marine, and attempted to take on Arlong.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Bellemere? Belle-Mère? Bell-Mère?
- Take Me Instead: Belle-Mère's current savings were enough to either save herself or her two girls from Arlong's crew. She chose to save her daughters instead of herself.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Played for Drama. Belle Mere eats mostly tangerines, which she uses in all of her recipes, because she has a tangerine farm and is very poor. She gives Nami and Nojiko healthy meals while she mostly eats her own tangerines.
- Tsundere: Like mother, like adopted daughter.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seemed to have this relationship with Genzo: she loved to tease him, he called her "little thug", but both of them cared for one another.
- Would Hurt a Child: Played for both drama and laughs, respectively.
- She gave Nami a hard slap after her daughter stated that she and Nojiko aren't sisters because they're not related by blood.
- In a flashback, she hit a boy after learning from Nami that he insulted her tangerines.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She had fuchsia hair.
Pirate Crews from the East Blue
Black Cat Pirates
The former crew of Captain Kuro, now led by Jango, is composed of pirates wearing cat ears. Their purpose in Kuro's plan is to attack the village and kill Kaya, so that Kuro can get his hands on her goods, though he actually plans to get rid of them as well.
- Animal Motifs: Cats, obviously. Kuro, the captain, has a pair of gloves with a long sword on each finger, and even slashes Merry simply for the thrill of it, just like real cats do. Sam and Butchie are also very similar to cats and fight with clawed gloves, while the rest of the crew wear a bandana with cat-like ears. The only exception is Jango, who doesn't have anything cat-related.
- Drop the Hammer: One of the members delivers a bloody beating to Usopp.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": All of the crew shit their pants when Kuro appears and sees that they haven't dealt with the Straw Hats yet, and then Kuro proclaims to use Nuki Ashi.
- Unwitting Pawn: Nugire Yainu was hypnotized by Jango into believing he was Kuro, which led to being killed by the Marines who thought he was Kuro.
- The Worf Effect: The Meowban Brothers manages to trouble Zoro, but are proved to be no match for Kuro. Though they are trouble because he only had one sword to fend off their synchronized attacks. Once he gets back his three swords, he defeats them in one blow.
Kuro "of a Thousand Plans"
Voiced by: Koichi Hashimoto (JP), Gary Mack (EN, 4Kids), Kent Williams (EN, Funi), Jorge García (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 33 (Pre-Timeskip), 35 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 23 (Manga), Episode 9 (Anime)
Captain Kuro, also known as "Kuro of the Thousand Plans", is the captain of the Black Cat pirates from East Blue. He is cold and cunning, known for coming up with elaborate plans that never failed. His fighting skills are just as deadly as his mind, as he can move silently at incredible speeds to slaughter people in the blink of an eye. Yet despite all of this, he eventually tired of the pirate life, setting up schemes for his crewmates, and of constantly being hunted down by the Marines. So he hypnotized the crew's shipwright Nugire Yainu into believing he was Kuro and allowed him to be executed in his place stopping the Marine hunt and allowing him to leave his crew.
Making his new home in Syrup Village, he became Klahadore, the butler for Kaya. From there, he plotted to assassinate Kaya to obtain her vast fortunes and completely retire from his pirate life. However, Luffy and his allies, along with town liar Usopp, put a stop to his plans.
His former bounty was 16,000,000 Berries.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Rather conspicuously, he pushes them up with the heels of his hands, instantly revealing to Jango that he's still in practice—you can't push up your glasses with your fingers when you have Wolverine Claws, after all...
- Arc Villain: Of Usopp's introduction arc.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Kuro has not lost his edge in ten years of inactivity and is still far stronger than the rest of his crew.
- Badass Bookworm: Oda says he's the second smartest person to appear in the East Blue arc, right behind Ben Beckman, and is renowed for his complex plans.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Apart from a design on his suit that apparently represents some feces (actually a snake), he's dressed rather well. He's been playing the role of a butler, after all.
- Bad Boss: When his plans start to fail, he threatens to kill his crew if they don't hurry up, and reveals later that he has always planned to kill them all once the plan was complete to keep his identity safe. He even indiscriminately cuts them down during one of his attacks, and dialogue from some of his crew members indicate that this tendency is not new.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretends to be a kind and caring butler and Parental Substitute to Kaya, when in reality he's played that role to gets Kaya's affection and inherit her mansion after killing her, and then he would kill his former but still loyal crew because they know his true identity. While revealing his true colors, Kuro flat-out tells Kaya that he "endured" the role and hated every second with her, while the ONE thing that was been entirely honest was his hatred of Ussop.
- Breaking Speech: He gives one to Kaya about how over the years he hated serving and taking care of her, and that it was all to get his hands on her fortune. It completely breaks the poor girl.
- The Butler Did It: Quite literally, he maims Merry and plans to murder Kaya. Though while he is a skilled liar, he make it clear to Jango that the death of Kaya's parents wasn't his doing. Given he's confiding this to Jango, it's probably safe to assume he's being honest.
- The Chessmaster: His plans for Kaya's fortune aside, he is infamous for organizing over a thousand meticulously planned pillaging raids.
- Consummate Liar: Given he has lived with Kaya for three years, hating it the entire time, and everyone still was none the wiser about him, he's definitely this.
- Dirty Coward: You have to be if you're plotting to kill an innocent young woman to collect her wealth so you can escape from the Marines. He was also willing to kill his own crew to keep his identity a secret. Guess he wasn't as cut out for the pirate life as he thought he was.
- Evil Genius: One of the smartest characters in One Piece, able to make a long plan to inherit a mansion, and also one of the most despicable.
- Faking the Dead: He left his crew by hypnotizing an Nugire Yainu into believing that he was Kuro and let him be captured by the Marines.
- Faux Affably Evil: On top of his completely fake polite demeanor when acting as a butler, he also acts very laid-back and almost friendly with Butchie and Siam when they try to attack him. He evades their attacks and proceeds to puts his now-gloved hands over their shoulders like he's being buddy-buddy with them. This, along with his threats understandably unnerves the two of them.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Kaya's family saved Kuro's life and gave him a house, and his way of repaying Kaya is to kill her and inherit her fortune.
- Flash Step: Shakushi is as fast as CP9's Soru, but is an imperfect form; unlike them, he can't see where he's going. Not that he cares if everything and everyone in his way dies.
- Foil: To Usopp, as Kuro and him are, respective, the main antagonist and principal allies of the Syrup arc. Both are big liars but Usopp's lies are more evident and, more specifically, he tells fake stories to Kaya to entertain her, while Kuro has been lying for years to Kaya's family without being spotted and with the intention of killing Kaya and inherit the mansion.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Kuro has a pair of glasses he constantly adjustes with the palm of his hands and has never grown to love his supposed master after three years and doesn't care the slightest for his crew.
- Fragile Speedster: He's as fast as any Soru user, but one good headbutt will knock him over.
- Glass Cannon: He's nowhere near as strong as the villains Luffy faces later on, but you've gotta admit, he has considerable killing power, wiping out most his mooks and crushing rocks with swords. But, once Luffy catches him, the fight's over in no time.
- Ironic Hell: All of his plans were an effort to escape a life of piracy. Guess where Luffy sends him back to.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Under the identity of Klahadore, he comes off as a stern servant who cares about Kaya and acts like a jerk to Usopp, but his heart of gold is a facade and he does not care about Kaya. Though by his own admission the hatred of Usopp is entirely genuine.
- Katanas Are Just Better: One katana isn't enough. Try ten, one on each gloved finger.
- Kick the Dog: Breaks the glasses Kaya has given to him as a gift shortly before almost killing Merry. He also tells Kaya that he hated all the time he spent with her.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the early villains of One Piece are laughably over-the-top and pretty easy to defeat, Kuro is the first villain to act completely seriously, with no Wild Takes whatsoever. He isn't above killing his own crew (he was even going to do it if his plan succeeded), he mortally wounds Kaya's servant, and he went to great lengths to manipulate and kill a sick girl so he can obtain an inheritance.
- Lack of Empathy: While working for Kaya and her family for three years, he has never grown attached to her nor to his colleague Merry, and even attempts to kill the latter without any regret. He doesn't even care for his crew, which he plans to kill after inheriting Kaya's fortune.
- Lean and Mean: He's very slim and doesn't even care about his own men.
- Leave No Witnesses: If his plan had succeded, he would've killed his crew just to make sure that there wouldn't be anyone left who knows he's still alive.
- Manipulative Bastard: He served Kaya and took kare of her, almost like a father figure, only in the hopes of inherit her fortune.
- Obviously Evil: He wears all black, has Scary Shiny Glasses, and is an arrogant jerk towards Usopp. And that is before The Reveal.
- Required Secondary Powers: Addressed when he Flash Steps; he moves so fast that he can't tell where he's going or who he's attacking, making him a danger to both his enemies and his own allies. Of course, this weakness is counteracted by the fact that he doesn't really care if he cuts down his own men anyway.
- Retired Monster: Fully intended to retire from being a pirate, and to some extent did. Played with, as he's still performing an Evil Plan during that time, but fully intends to completely retire afterwards. In any case, he has no Heel Realization or remorse for his evil, he was simply tired of his life as a pirate.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Underneath the moonlight, as he tells about how it brings out the animal in him.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Kuro is a cold, calculating pirate who makes complicated plans that never fails, and one of his distinctive accessories is a pair of glasses, which he adjusts with the palm of the hand.
- Smug Snake: His plans "that could not fail" not only fails, but gets him exactly what he doesn't want in the end: he's a wanted pirate again.
- The Sociopath: Exceedingly self-centered, views his crew as expendable, views people in general as pawns to be manipulated to suit his own ends, and unbelievably cruel.
- This Cannot Be!: He completely loses his shit and panics when Luffy gets the upper hand about them, screaming at the despair of his precious plan failing.Kuro: My plan...My plan...My plan cannot fail!!!
- Unstoppable Rage: Automatically enters a state of unreasoning homicidal fury during a crescent moon. When this happens, no one is safe, but when you consider how much regard he has for his crew's lives, this isn't really much of a change to begin with.
- Upper-Class Twit: Gives off this impression with the identity of Klahadore, as he doesn't give Usopp or the Straw Hats the time of day and claims he's busy with his work at the mansion. In truth, he's pirate who plans to kill Jaya and inherit her money.
- Villainous Breakdown: Despite his collected and smug behavior through almost all of the arc, Kuro gets completely desperate when Luffy's victory becomes obvious, shouting hysterically how his plans simply cannot fail.
- Visual Pun: His uniform has the image of a pair of golden excrements which are a pun on the term "bullshit" since for all these years Kuro, under the alias of Klahadore, has been telling nothing but lies.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After being defeated, his crewmember take him with them, despite having previously said he intended to kill them all, and is never been seen since.
- Wolverine Claws: His gloves have katanas on each of the fingers and can cut through stone.
- Worf Barrage: He goes into a berserk rage and attempts to kill everyone in sight. All he manages to do is butcher most of his crew and wound up getting his ass kicked by Luffy.
- Would Hit a Girl: He's totally prepared to kill Kaya; when she tells him that she would have just given him the money, he's still hell-bent on killing her just so he can feel like he had accomplished something.
Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (JP), Jimmy Zoppi (EN, 4Kids), Chris Rager (EN, Funi)
Age: 21 (Pre-Timeskip), 23 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 31 (Manga), Episode 13 (Anime)
One of the strongest fighters of the Black Cat Pirates, and with Siam he forms the Nyaban Brothers. They both fight with a pair of clawed gloves, resembling the claws of a cat. He's the tough one of the duo, as he lasts longer than Siam and is physically stronger.
- Acrofatic: He is very fast and nimble despite his mass.
- Badass Cape: Arguably the physically strongest of the Black Cat Pirates besides the captain, and wears a cape to show it.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Once Siam is defeated, Jango hypnotizes him to make him much stronger.
- The Brute: He's the largest, dumbest and physically strongest of their crew.
- Cats Are Mean: He's a member of an evil pirate crew with a cat theme.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Even before being put under hypnosis, his stomps can easily cracks the earth open.
- Dual Boss: He and Siam fight together against Zoro, but the "duo" doesn't last long. Once Zoro gets all three of his swords, Siam goes down in one hit and Butchie has to fight solo.
- Dumb Muscle: He's the stronger of the Nyaban Brothers duo, but Siam is clearly the brains between the two.
- Gonk: He's a fat, goofy pirate.
- Ground Pound: The usual technique is that Siam blocks the enemy so that Butchie can stomp on him with a drop kick.
- Hulking Out: After Siam is defeated and Butchie resists Zoro's attack, Jango hypnotizes Butchie to make him stronger and he becomes much more muscular. It doesn't help him against Zoro.
- Mind-Control Eyes: After he's hypnotized, his eyes become completely white.
- Oh, Crap!: During the fight with Zoro, he and Siam are paralyzed with fear at the sight of their captain.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Either Butchie or Buchi.
- Stout Strength: It's made clear since the beginning that he's very strong but, once he's hypnotized, he reveals he has quite the muscles under his fat.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Doesn't wear any kind of clothes to cover the upper part of his body.
- Wolverine Claws: He has a pair of gloved claws, resembling those of a cat.
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Eric Stuart (EN, 4Kids), Todd Haberkorn (EN, Funi)
Age: 21 (Pre-Timeskip), 23 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 31 (Manga), Episode 13 (Anime)
One of the strongest fighters of the Black Cat Pirates, and with Butchie he forms the Nyaban Brothers. They both fight with a pair of clawed gloves, resembling the claws of a cat. He's the quick one of the duo, but also the more frail as he goes down first.
- Anime Hair: Some years before the events of the Syrup Village arc, he used to have his hair shaped into a spiral antennae. His current hairstyle is still weird, but not as much as before.
- Bare Your Midriff: Zoro manages to cut his shirt, but Siam has a very slim waist, so he survives with just a sliced shirt.
- Cats Are Mean: Following his crew's theme, his appearance and fighting style are based off of a cat and he's a dirty fighter.
- Combat Pragmatist: Fools Zoro into believing he's afraid to fight, only to catch him off guard and steal two of his swords.
- Cowardly Lion: Subverted. When Jango orders him to attack Zoro, Siam dashes toward him screaming how he's afraid, only to reveal this is all an act to make Zoro underestimate him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At first he seems a cowardly idiot, but he's actually a pragmatic fighter. Still not badass enough to be a threat to Zoro.
- Dark Chick: He goes down fast and doesn't really contribute much to the fight.
- Dual Boss: He and Butchie fight together against Zoro, but the "duo" part doesn't last long. Once Zoro gets all three of his swords, Siam goes down in one hit.
- Fragile Speedster: He's the swift one of the Nyaban Brothers but also the one who goes down more easily.
- Gonk: Has a weird cat-like face and a hump.
- Lean and Mean: He wears large clothes to dissimulate his thinness. This saves him from an Zoro's first attack.
- Oh, Crap!: During the fight with Zoro, he and Butchie are paralyzed with fear at the sight of their captain.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Either Siam or Sham.
- Wolverine Claws: He has a pair of gloved claws, resembling those of a cat.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green.
The most numerous and strongest pirate crew of East Blue, composed of fifty warships. Their attempt to conquer the Grand Line was crushed by Mihawk, who destroyed the whole fleet save one ship by himself. They manage to beat the Baratie cooks by sheer numbers but are easily bested by Sanji and Luffy.
- Berserk Button: The crew is pissed when Luffy doubts their reputation stating that they're just the most numerous crew in the East Blue, not the strongest.
- Informed Ability: Justified. It's supposedly a fleet of fifty ships but only one appears. This is because there used to be fifty ships but Mihawk took them all down save for one, the flagship, the Dreadnought Sabre, which barely got away and suffered a ton of gashes in the process.
- Red Shirt Army: It used to be an entire fleet composed of fifty ships and five thousand men which, while strong by East Blue standard, for Mihawk they are just thousands of target practice and the crew is already decimated upon its introduction.
- Zerg Rush: The main strategy for the crew is to take advantage of their numbers to achieve victory. Luffy calls them out on this and dismiss them as an actually strong crew.
"Foul Play" Don Krieg
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Marc Thompson (EN, 4Kids), Andy Mullins (EN, Funi), Víctor Delgado (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 42 (Pre-Timeskip), 44 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 45 (Manga), Episode 21 (Anime)
Don Krieg is the admiral of the Pirate Armada, crew with a fleet of fifty battleships that lurked within the East Blue. Krieg himself is well known for his trickery and underhanded tactics, and is supremely confident in the weapons of his overwhelming arsenal.
His bounty is 17,000,000 Berries.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Subverted. When he arrives at the Baratie after starving for days, Krieg bends to the floor asking for food for he and his crew, while his second-in-command Gin says he doesn't have to humiliate himself this much. Immediately after, Krieg gets up and threatens the cooks with his weaponry.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Krieg had the strongest and most feared fleet in East Blue. But as he soon finds out, he's nothing compared to Pirates from the Grand Line. And then we soon learn that the East Blue is actually the weakest of the four Blues, meaning he's the strongest person in the weakest quadrant of the world. Krieg and his crew had the misfortune of running into Mihawk on a day when he was in a ship-sinking mood, and Krieg suddenly found himself without an armada.
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of Sanji's introduction arc.
- Bad Boss: He's not above killing members of his crew on the spot if they disagree with him. Even Gin gets this treatment when he can't bring himself to kill Sanji and suggests withdrawing.
- Badass Boast: While threatening the Baratie cooks, Krieg boasts about his armor, the arsenal inside and the fame of his powerful army.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He fancies himself a Warlord-level threat and is convinced that his fleet is more than enough to allow him to wipe out anything that might oppose him. On a less-dangerous stretch of ocean, this might be true. On the Grand Line, he is completely outclassed, and his encounter with an actual Warlord proves how utterly wrong he was. If Mihawk hadn't regarded him as a mere annoyance or had taken him up on his challenges to fight, he would have been a dead man.
- Blade on a Stick: His most dreaded weapon is a giant spear that releases an explosion when swung with sufficient force.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His Wootz steel armor is gilded gold.
- Bowdlerize: The infamous "poison suction cups" in the 4Kids dub.
- Calling Your Attacks: One of the few characters in One Piece who does not. Considering he is known for sneak attacks and deception, this is probably meant to be a character note.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: When you can swing a weapon that weighs a ton with only one arm with ease... yeah, he definitely has this.
- Combat Pragmatist: As his Red Baron attest, Don Krieg believes that nothing is too dirty a trick if victory is an option. He uses his numerous crew to achieve victory and in fight Krieg uses a large arsenal of weapon, including a deadly gas to fight Luffy after is clear he cannot win in a fair fight.
- Determinator: Admit it; you did not expect Krieg to still be standing after the beating Luffy gave him. And yet, he did.
- Also earlier when he shot at Dracule Mihawk, as in the guy who annihilated his entire fleet by himself, and sliced his main ship in half, out of boredom, and had a "swordfight" with "Pirate Hunter" Zoro, which the latter lost without even getting a hit in. Then again, considering Mihawk was just about to leave without so much as an aside glance at Krieg, this borders Too Dumb to Live.
- Krieg's crew seems to even think he wasn't even conscious during the former example. Really.
- Expy: Don Krieg's hairstyle and the armor he wears make him very similar to Raoh, especially in his first outfit, with whom he shares a very authoritarian and Social Darwinist mindset as well. Unlike Raoh, however, Don Krieg lacks any redeemable traits and is far from one of the strongest fighters of his own verse.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Krieg was left starving after Mihawk wiped out his fleet, and everyone at Baratie had every intention of leaving him to die. Over everyone's protests, Sanji takes pity on him and feeds him. As soon as he feels satiated, Krieg beats Sanji up.
- Hotblooded Sideburns: He has a very short temper and posses two large sideburns, emphasizing his manly appearance.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: His suit of armor has way too many weapons to work and turns him into a living weaponry. It has several automatic machine guns, a flamethrower, a net shooter, a flail, bombs, a Gatling gun mounted in a shield which shoots spikes, a poison gas launcher in the same shield and the shoulder pads can become a spear.
- Insane Troll Logic: He never lets up on his assumption that his biggest advantage over Luffy is that Devil Fruit makes you unable to swim. As if swimming in plate armor would be much easier. (This becomes even more ludicrous in later arcs, where a pirate like him without Devil Fruit powers would be in a dwindling minority.)
- Jerkass: Don Krieg is an arrogant man with a big ego who uses dirty tricks to achieve victory and, after Zeff prepares food for him and his famished crew, Don Krieg doesn't have two thoughts when he immediately after order his crew to conquer the Baratie.
- Kick the Dog: When Gin decides to show mercy to Zeff, Krieg poisons him without any regret, despite Gin being is right-hand man.
- Meaningful Name: Krieg means "war" in German, which fits with Don Krieg's militaristic theme and appearance.
- Miles Gloriosus: From his weapons to the size of his crew, Krieg values excess above all else. He's not actually as strong as he'd like to believe, however.
- More Dakka: He has a total of 14 gun barrels on him.
- Over Nine Thousand: His unused cyborg form was literally called Don Krieg 9000.
- Powered Armor: A borderline case, at the very least. Aside from being pretty durable, his armor also has varieties of hidden guns inside them when he decides he needs More Dakka. Its shoulder pads can also be detached and used either as a shield that rapid-fires big stakes and launches poison gas bombs or combined into a spear that causes explosions on impact.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Despite the way he treats his crew, he still nonetheless feeds them, so they can have the strength to fight.
- Precision F-Strike: In the Funimation dub, Don Krieg's reaction to Mihawk returning to attack his group again is a very sour, "That son of a bitch." You don't hear "SOB" used very much in the dub.
- Small Name, Big Ego: So much so that he got his ass thoroughly kicked by Mihawk and still thinks he's the greatest thing ever.
- His overconfidence likely comes from him having the strongest fleet on the East Blue. Too bad he doesn't realize on the Grand Line he's target practice.
- Smug Snake: He thinks he's some sort of military paragon; in reality, he's little more than a bully who gets by with his reputation and falls flat versus anyone who actually decides to call his bluff.
- Sore Loser: Take some popcorn, sit down, and admire his hammy rant against Luffy.
- Stupid Evil: One of the premiere examples of the series. Most of his arc would have never occurred if he hadn't decided to terrorize the staff of the Baratie just to be a dick, and he probably would have kept far more of his crew if he hadn't decided to continue to go after Mihawk just to save his wounded pride even after it was made very clear that Mihawk was lightyears above him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Tried to pick a fight with Hawkeye Mihawk despite seeing how he easily destroyed a galleon with only his sword. If that weren't enough, he tried to attack him when Mihawk decided to leave. Should count himself lucky Mihawk just didn't want to bother wasting his time on him or Krieg would've been killed right then and there.
- Ungrateful Bastard: His reaction to being given the food he needs to stave off imminent starvation? Punch out the specific cook that gave it to him. For absolutely no reason. After he vowed specifically that he wouldn't cause any trouble once he got it.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Luffy defeats him, he goes nuts, screaming like a maniac and yells he'll keep killing until victory is his, before getting knocked unconscious.
- Virtue Is Weakness: He considers sympathy to your enemy and fighting honorably as signs of weakness and is willing to kill anyone in his crew for showing it.
- Walking Armory: His suit is filled with weapons, from pop out gun barrels to poison gas weapons, to stake guns, to a giant war spear. The guy might be a lot more egotistical than his power level warrants, but give the credit, he came pretty well armed!
- World's Strongest Man: Declares himself this. He is tough, as mentioned above, but he's not even remotely close to this. The real title keeper was Whitebeard till his death.
- You Have Failed Me: Krieg does this to Gin.
- You Monster!: His use of a poison gas weapon causes everyone including his own crew to say this especially given he intentionally tried to kill his most loyal crewman.
- Zerg Rush: His crew's main tactic. Luffy calls him out on it too.
"Demon Man" Gin
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono (JP), Peter Katana (EN, 4Kids), Illich Guardiola (EN, Funi), David Matranga (EN, second Funi voice), Edson Matus (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 25 (Pre-Timeskip), 27 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 44 (Manga), Episode 21 (Anime)
The Combat Commander for the Pirate Armada and Don Krieg's right-hand man. Befriended by Sanji.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has both brown skin and thick lips for some reason. His origins are never explained as well.
- Badass Normal: Not having any special ability or Devil Fruit power, yet he's strong enough to lift weighted tonfas and spin them like a helicopter, break through Pearl's armor, and knock out his boss with a single punch and effortlessly lift him.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Sanji gave him food when he was starving to death. He was so grateful, he begged Krieg to spare him; just him.
- Blood Knight: Gin is called "Kijin" because he's very ruthless and shows no mercy...except to Sanji, who was nice to him.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: They seem to emphasize how dangerous he is.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the anime, after his attempt to threaten Baratie into feeding him results in him being beaten up, publicly humiliated, and thrown out to starve, he's initially reluctant to accept the meal that Sanji cooks for him anyway. Sanji soon managed to talk him into it. In the manga, he immediately accepts the meal.
- The Dragon: He serves as this to Don Krieg.
- Dragon-in-Chief: It turns out that he's stronger than Krieg; his intense loyalty to his captain just kept him from realizing it.
- Dual Tonfas: His Weapon of Choice.
- HeelFace Turn: After Sanji saved him from starving to death.
- Long Bus Trip: He hasn't made another appearance in nearly 20 years, not even in cover stories where characters like Mr. 9 made reappearances.
- Made of Iron: Somehow managed to survived the MH-5 gas attack.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Even if Krieg attempted to poison him, in the end he still shows his loyalty towards Krieg.
- Red Baron: His epithet is "Demon Man".
- Spell My Name with an "S": Both English dubs spell his name as "Ghin".
- Uncertain Doom: He gets exposed to Krieg's Deadly Gas because he throws one of two gas masks to Luffy and forces Sanji to wear the other. After Krieg's defeat, he admits that probably only has a few hours left, but his fate is unknown. The closest hint to his being alive is that the sixth databook gives him a post-timeskip age.
- We Will Meet Again: Before he leaves the Baratie, he tells Sanji to tell Luffy that he wishes to see him on the Grand Line.
Pearl the Iron Wall
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kawamoto (JP), Chris Collet (EN, 4Kids), J. Michael Tatum (EN, Funi)
Age: 23 (Pre-Timeskip), 25 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 54 (Manga), Episode 25 (Anime)
The commander of the Pirate Armada's second unit. He considers his defenses, made by multiple shields covering all of his body, impossible to pierce and the moment someone manages to hit him, he sets himself on fire.
- Blood Upgrade: The moment Luffy (accidentally) manages to get past his defenses and make him bleed, Pearl sets his shields on fire and goes berserk, to the point he almost defeats Sanji.
- The Brute: Pearl serves as the muscle (and the wall) of the crew, possessing high defense and, if enraged, can set things on fire.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: After setting his shields on fire, Pearl gives Sanji a very nasty beatdown.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He's totally covered in shields with nasty steel bulges in the middle, which he uses as weapons.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Pearl and his design has a lot of pearls: each of his shields has a pearl in the center, he wears pearl-shaped headgear and has pearl earrings.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: He's so confident of his defense that, the moment he bleeds, he feels in danger and bursts into flames while setting everything, including his own crewmates, on fire. And the more he's hit, the more fire he releases.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He believes to be invincible, strong, handsome and cool, while he's pretty much outclassed by many stronger pirates.
- Tempting Fate: While blocking Sanji's kicks, Pearl boasts that he has never lost a drop of blood in any of his fights right before Luffy accidentally hits him from behind and smashes his face against his own shield, making him bleed from the nose.
- Wreathed in Flames: When he bleeds, Pearl covers his shields with strange white flames and tosses fiery bullets all around him. According to his crewmates, it's a defense tactict he learned while growing up in the jungle.
Voiced by: Machiko Toyoshima (JP), Priscilla Everett (EN, 4Kids), Monica Rial (EN, Funi), Xóchitl Ugarte (Latin American Spanish)
Debut: Chapter 5 (Manga), Episode 2 (Anime)
Zoro's childhood rival and the daughter of the Dojo owner Koshiro. She defeated Zoro about 2000 times, but believed she would eventually plateau due to being a girl. She's challenged by Zoro to become the best swordmaster in the world, but dies in an accident later.
- A-Cup Angst: Inverted. The fact she was developing breasts, period, was the source of angst because they reminded her that she was becoming a woman. Very uncomfortable real world associations with young girls having fear/poor self esteem/self hate for how their bodies naturally develop ensues.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The manga never went into specifics about her having any emotional problems she had before her death, but the anime expanded over her angst about becoming a woman (which was only worsened by her father's Stay in the Kitchen mentality).
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Well, Arrogant Swordswoman in any event. She was tougher than even most of the adults in her dojo, and not at all afraid to flaunt it.
- Badass Adorable: Don't be fooled by her young age and cute looks; she was stronger than most of the adults in her dojo.
- Cool Sword: Her katana Wado Ichimonji. Zoro took it up after her death, and went on to develop his signature "three-sword" style with it.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: She dies offscreen after falling down a flight of stairs. It's never confirmed what caused her to die, but the ominous thing that we are told is that she had an unsheathed katana out... and if she fell in just the wrong way...
- Fate Worse than Death: Her fate in the 4Kids dub. Rather than dying by accident, she is brutally beaten to where she is crippled and unable to fulfill her dream. This fits in well with the theme of the show of the importance of dreams, as Oda says the reason the foes are spared from death is because remaining alive to see their dreams crumble is a more fitting and brutal punishment. Then you remember this happens to a young girl and just how badly she must have been beaten...
- Goal in Life: Hers is to become the greatest swordsman ever, and one she shared with Zoro. Her death via falling down some stairs emotionally broke Zoro, because they were supposed to reach that dream together, so he constantly pushes himself to do it in her memory, if only for closure.
- Identical Stranger: Tashigi is one for her. Zoro... wasn't happy about it.
- Life Will Kill You: This is her fate in the manga version. She dies offscreen after falling down a flight of stairs.
- Little Miss Badass: She was stronger than most of the adults in her dojo and defeated a young Zoro 2001 times.
- Master Swordsman: She was even more skilled than young Zoro who, in return, was far stronger than all the adults. However, she claimed she would lose her skills after her body would've grown.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite being only an eleven years old girl, she was one of the strongest fighter in her dojo, to the point Zoro could never defeat her.
- Reality Ensues: As much of a badass she was, she was still human, and something mundane as falling down the stairs is lethal for her.
- The Rival: To young Zoro. Zoro defeated all the adults in the dojo but Kuina constantly beat him, so he trains and challenges her thousands of times in hope to defeat her once. Kuina always won.
- Staircase Tumble: She died by falling down some stairs, which compared to the others' Dying Moment of Awesome deaths, is really lame. However, there was a nasty footnote attached to this- it's not clear if a fall down the stairs by itself killed her or if it had something to do with the fact she was carrying an unsheathed katana.
- Stay in the Kitchen: This was about to be invoked on her by her father, who believes that women cannot be as physically strong as men. After she dies, he recognizes it was a huge mistake.
- Unkempt Beauty: Kuina was very pretty, despite having short hair and boyish clothes. Even one of Zoro's classmates noticed how cute she was.
Johnny Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (JP), Chris Ayres (EN, Funi), Dan Green (EN, 4Kids), Jesús Cortez (Latin American Spanish)
Yosaku Voiced by: Yasuhiko Tokuyama (JP); Josh Martin (EN, Funi), Wayne Grayson (EN, 4Kids), Christian Strempler (Latin American Spanish)
Johnny's Age: 23 (Pre-Timeskip), 25 (Post-Timeskip)
Yosaku's Age: 24 (Pre-Timeskip), 26 (Post-Timeskip)
Johnny's Debut: Chapter 42 (Manga), Episode 19 (Anime)
Yosaku's Debut: Chapter 42 (Manga), Episode 20 (Anime)
A duo of bounty hunters from the East Blue, they used to work with Zoro. Briefly traveled with the crew during the Baratie and Arlong Park arcs.
- Aerith and Bob: Seriously, Yosaku and Johnny?
- Bounty Hunters: Their stock and trade and, in fact, how they first met Zoro. "Where are they now" cover stories following the time skip show they've since become fishermen.
- Butt-Monkey: Both. They get beaten down in every fight they try to have, but "only by a hair."
- Cool Shades: Johnny wears them.
- Cool Sword: Nagiri blades, resembling oversized kitchen knives.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The 4Kids dub cut out their parting ways with the Straw Hats so those who watched it are left to wonder what happened to them.
- Guest-Star Party Member: They show up right before the Krieg arc and leave at the end of the Arlong arc.
- Mr. Exposition: Yosaku introduces the Seven Warlords and the Fish-men.
- Small Name, Big Ego: They talk tough and look cool, but they're all talk.
- Those Two Guys: They are never seen apart. Even years later during some "where are they now" cover pages they're working together as fishermen.
- Took a Level in Badass: Despite their weakness and cowardice, after hearing Nami's flashback and seeing her cry they challenged Arlong alone. They were defeated, but they still showed some balls Yosaku may also have done this after the Timeskip. He's at least gotten very muscular.
- Yakuza: More like tough guy wannabes, but they call everyone they respect "Aniki" ("Gang brother") or "Aneki" ("Gang sister").
The West Blue is another of the four seas where Robin and Brook originate from.
The birthplace of Nico Robin that has long since been destroyed.
Voiced by: Koichi Kitamura (JP), Kent Williams (EN)
Debut: Chapter 391 (Manga), Episode 275 (Anime)
The head archeologist of Ohara, the home island of Nico Robin. He and his team were the closest thing to a real family Robin had on the island. However his team were studying The Blank Century, an act taboo by the World Government. The Marines managed to find out about this from the capture of Nico Olvia and track it back to Ohara. Olvia manages to get back to the island and warn Clover. But the CP9 reaches them regardless and the scholars are rounded up. Clover speaks on their behalf, revealing they found out that there was once a kingdom before the WG. Before he can reveal anymore, he's shot point blank on the orders of the Five Elder Stars. Despite being mortally wounded, he manages to stay alive long enough to help his fellow scholars save as much information from the Tree of Knowledge as they can before burning to death with it.
- Cool Old Guy: You gotta admit, standing up to the heads of the world despite the consequences takes balls.
- Cool Teacher: To Robin and possibility the closest thing to a Parental Substitute she had when her mother was away as he and the rest of the scholars were the only nice people on Ohara towards her.
- Cruel to Be Kind: His threat to ban Robin from the library was meant to prevent her from becoming a criminal like him and Olvia.
- Didn't See That Coming: Robin knowing how to read the Poneglyphs, which made him regret not knowing and therefore not being able to do more for her.
- For Your Own Good: Had threaten to take away Robin's scholar license after she reveals she wants to study Poneglyphs with him and the others. Naturally this was to keep her from getting involved with the danger of the World Government. Sure enough, having the knowledge to read them had her being hunted down by the WG for most of her life.
- He Knows Too Much: He and everyone else on Ohara were killed because they found out about the Void Century.
- His Name Is...: Was about announce the name of the lost kingdom before one of the Elder Stars orders him shot.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Shaped like a clover, hence his name of course.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Got shot by government agents as he was about to reveal the name of the lost kingdom. Subverted as it doesn't fully kill him and he manages to stay alive long enough to remove as many books as he can from the Tree of Knowledge with the others before dying in the fire.
- Parental Substitute: It's heavily implied that Clover was the closest person that Robin had to a positive father figure.
- Punny Name: His hair is in the shape of his namesake.
Voiced by: Yuriko Yamaguchi (JP), Stephanie Young (EN)
Debut: Chapter 392 (Manga), Episode 275 (Anime)
As her name indicates, she's Robin's mother. She was in the exploration team that was studying Poneglyps and the Blank Century. However the team was captured by the Marines and commanded to be executed while the Buster Call was ordered on her island. Saul, disagreeing with such punishment, helped her escape. She made her way back to Ohara only minutes before the Buster Call came, unknowingly passing her daughter in the process. After warning her fellow scholars, she tried to stop Spandine from coming any further, but was easily subdued. During the round up of the scholars, she finally meets her daughter after so long. She initially denies claims to be her mother, but ultimately breaks down after Robin calls out to her. When the Buster Call commences, she orders Saul to take Robin off the island while she and the other scholars save what knowledge they can from the Tree of Knowledge, during which time it's presumed she had died in the fire with the others.
- Action Mom: While Olvia doesn't engage into any fights on-screen, she did wield a pistol aimed at Spandine.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Like her daughter, her brown eyes in the manga turn blue in the anime.
- Famous Last Words: "Live, Robin!"
- Hot Librarian: Like her daughter, she was a very beautiful young woman and a lover of history.
- Mama Bear: Ordered Saul to help a young Robin escape from the burning island.
- Married to the Job: She always put her job as an archaeologist and scholar first, to the point that she decided to stay in Ohara and die trying to save the books from Tree of Knowledge with the other scholars rather than leave with her daughter.
- Missing Mom: Olvia deeply regrets leaving her daughter, Robin, at such a young age to study the Poneglyps and thought it would be best to keep her distance because of it.
- Significant Double Casting: She and her daughter, Robin, as an adult are both voiced by Yuriko Yamaguchi and Stephanie Young in the Japanese and English versions. Fitting, since Robin is a Generation Xerox of Olvia, with the same profession and intelligence, and looks just like her except for their hair colors (Olvia's is white, Robin's is black).
- So Proud of You: During their reunion, Robin was initially scared that her mother would be angry, but Olvia instead was amazed at how her daughter could do something at such a young age.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Really the only difference between her and her daughter is the color of their hair.
Another of the Four Blues where Sanji was born.
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (JP), Daniel Penz (EN)
Debut: Chapter 286 (Manga), Episode 187 (Anime)
A explorer who discovered the Shandian homeland and became friends with them. His history with the tribe has had a positive influence on their way of life. Sadly killed when he told his king about their civilization (mostly the city of gold). But when Noland went to show him in person, the island was blasted up to Skypiea by then. The king presumed he was lied to and had Noland executed, with Noland never knowing what happened to his native friends. To add insult to injury, the king fabricated a fairy tale about what a liar Noland was, making him look like a fool in the process. This would have great impact on Noland's entire family line.
- Adaptational Wimp: In-universe. Norland was a tall, well-built adventurer who explored extremely dangerous islands and was also a very skilled scientist but the story of "Liar" Norland paints him as a scrawny idiot with a goofy grin.
- Anime Hair: Noland has very short hair which takes the form of a chestnut. It appears to run in the family, since his distant descendant Cricket has the same hairstyle.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Captain of his ship, famous explorer, and singlehandedly killed a Sea King for food.
- Badass Bookworm: Not only smart but hella strong. He beheaded a giant snake, for crying out loud.
- Badass Normal: He couldn't have stayed underwater for 30 minutes to find and kill a Sea King if he had a Devil Fruit, now could he?
- Cassandra Truth: Played to absolute tearjerking levels - during life, people found his tales hard to believe, and for 400 years after his death, nobody has believed a thing he's ever said, even though most of his stories and explanations usually have factual basis or were genuine adventures he had. Even his own descendant, Mont Blanc Cricket, wasn't sure of Noland's stories and only gets a definitive proof when he hears the ring of the bell.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Noland was incredibly strong and, when stuck by a rock slide, he lifts part of it with a single hand..
- Cosmic Plaything: Noland's demise happens because of the unfortunate timing of the Knock-Up Stream erupting for the first time and blasting all proof of Shandia into the sky, and a selfish, greedy king deciding to put him to death for wasting his time and money with tales of a vibrant kingdom of gold and voyaging out to an empty patch of sea and damning all memory of him to infamy.
- Cultured Badass: He's a traveled, experienced man with a fondness for scientific discoveries. He gets angry when the traditions of the Shandians prevents the development of a proper medicine.
- Dramatic Irony: The children's book that portrayed him as a foolish liar is actually full of lies.
- Establishing Character Moment: We first learn about him through a children's story, which paints him as a weak, foolish liar. When he appears in an actual flashback, the first thing he does is solve his ship's lack of food by killing a sea king.
- A Father to His Men: Tragically his real crew wasn't allowed in the Square where he was executed.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He was a truly strong and courageous explorer who saved the Shandians from being wiped out by disease, as well as who knows how many other deeds. However, due to the City of Gold debacle, he's been painted as a fool and a liar throughout history, and has become the North Blue's analogue to the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
- Heterosexual Life-Partner: After he and Kalgara stop trying to kill each other, they becomes the best of friends despite the very different cultures they belong. After a short breakup, the friendship is quickly restored once they both learns of their respective misunderstanding and, while Noland departs, Calgara swears the bell will always ring for Noland.
- Honor Before Reason: Chooses to leave the Shandian's treasures behind after they come to hate his crew. That left him with no proof that the Golden City existed.
- Genius Bruiser: Noland was an incredible explorer, an expert botanist and a doctor good enough to find a cure for the Shandia's disease and find the cause of said disease, as well as a deadly fighter.
- Go Out with a Smile: Subverted. Cricket resentfully says that rather than grinning like an idiot as the picture book portrayed him, Noland went to his execution in tears.
- Katanas Are Just Better: As if he wasn't badass enough.
- Made of Iron: He has some incredible lungs, as he dived underwater in the Grand Line and stayed underwater for about half an hour before emerging... with a gutted giant monster to serve as dinner for the crew.
- Malicious Slander: After the king of the Lvneel Kingdom doesn't find the famous city of gold of the Shandians because it was launched into the sky by the knock-up stream, Noland is believed to be a liar, right down to having a false story about him being a liar spread in the North Blue, while the Mont Blanc family was mocked for centuries because of the anger of a greedy king.
- Nice Guy: An amiable person who was kind to his crew, is willing to help the dwarves and becomes quick friends with the hot-tempered Kalgara.
- Odd Friendship: Strikes one with Kalgara.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kalgara's red; he's calmer and wiser while Kalgara is Hot-Blooded.
- The Scapegoat: He's blamed for all the casualties the king's fleet suffered on the journey (with the king conveniently forgetting how he insisted that Noland use the king's men, rather than his own experienced crew), and executed for fooling the king.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a beautiful speech to Kalgara about his "fear of the Gods".
The Blue Sea where Franky hails from.
Black Drum Kingdom
Wapol "of Tin"
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (JP), Matt Hoverman (EN, 4Kids), Andy Mullins (EN, Funi), Eduardo Fonseca (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 27 (Pre-Timeskip), 29 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 131 (Manga), Episode 79 (Manga)
Devil Fruit: Munch-Munch Fruit
Former king of Paradise's Drum Island who ascended to his position after his father's death. Unlike his benevolent father, Wapol is a self absorbed jerk of a king, abusing the citizens of the island for his own profit. After the pillage of Drum by the Blackbeard Pirates, Wapol flees and funds the Wapol pirates with his most loyal followers, but his attempt to regain the crown are foiled by Chopper and Luffy.
In his Mini-adventure, he's shown in misery after his defeat, but manages to get rich by selling toys and producing a new kind of metal called Wapometal, until he becomes the king of the Black Drum Kingdom.
After the two years time-skip, he's one of the rulers who take part of the Reverie.
His Devil Fruit, the Munch-Munch Fruit (Baku Baku no Mi), allows him to eat anything he desires without ill effect. He is able to alter himself or create new objects from the materials consumed, such as making a cannon in his mouth or creating children's toys.
Two years later, he has been made king of the South Blue's Evil Black Drum Kingdom.
- Accent Adaptation: He has a Russian accent in the 4kids dub dub provided by Matt Hoverman. In the Funimation Dub Andy Mullins gives him a subtle Jersey/New York accent.
- Adipose Rex: He's the former King of Drum, and his powers revolve entirely around eating anything and everything in sight, so he's very fat. Played straight again after he becomes the king of the Black Drum Kingdom.
- Animal Motifs: The hippo; not only does he wear the skin of a "White Walky", a furry hippo-like creature that inhabits Drum Island, but his submarine and Tin Tyrant Cannon are shaped like hippos as well. During his rise to wealth as a toymaker, almost all the "stages" of his toyshop (stand to store to factory) also have the hippo motif in them. And to top it all off, he tends to use the word "kaba" (Japanese for hippo) in place of Baka. After the time-skip, he wears a black skin of a "White Walky".
- Arch-Enemy: To Chopper. Wapol has killed Hiluluk, Chopper's mentor, and is the main cause of the "Drum Kingdom's illness" which Chopper wants to cure, in order to honor his former mentor.
- Arc Villain: He's the main villain of the Drum Kingdom Arc.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: When he was king of Drum, Wapol abused and extorted the citizen by keeping all the best doctors in his court. When Hiluluk tries to help the kingdom, Wapol lures him into a trap to have him executed.
- Arm Cannon: If he's eaten a cannon, Wapol can turn his arms into ones, and can make a cannon from his tongue as well.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: It's explicitly stated the only reason the people of Drum Island couldn't revolt against his terrible policies was because of his powers. Wapol fleed on his own with the arrival of the stronger Blackbeard Pirates and, when he attempts to conquer Drum, only Luffy can stop him.
- Beard of Evil: After the time-skip, Wapol has grown a beard on his chin to reflect his cartonnishy evil personality.
- Become Your Weapon: He can merge himself with a weapon after eating said weapon. This can result in him having cannons in lieu of hands and tongue. During his fight with Luffy, realising he's overpowered, Wapol tries to go over the top by devouring the whole armory of his castle, but Nami steals the key from him in time.
- Big Eater: Courtesy of the Munch-Munch Fruit's empowering him to eat anything he wants, Wapol pretty much does eat anything that he wants, and is constantly snacking on his surrounding. He literally introduces himself by taking a bite out of the Going Merry's side almost as large as he is, much to Luffy's outrage. During the confrontation towards the end of the Drum Island arc, he has Marimo list the things he ate that day: said list includes two cannons and a house. Even Luffy thinks Wapol's appetite is freakish.
- Book-Ends: His tenure as a villain ended the same way it started: getting set flying into the air after a Curbstomp Battle which Luffy finished with a point blank Gum-Gum Bazooka to the face.
- The Bus Came Back: Aside from his cover story, he's completely absent after his defeat on Drum Island until the Whole Cake Island arc as he goes on his way to the Reverie.
- Cannibalism Superpower: A variant; he doesn't get abilities from people, but can assimilate inanimate objects and materials that he consumes like firearms, wood and metal into his body, allowing him to outfit himself with integrated armor and weaponry.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Exaggerated: After being defeated by the Straw Hats and sent flying in the South Blue, he gets rich enough to fund the Evil Black Drum Kingdom, a kingdom version of this trope, while Wapol's appearance and behavior become much more villain-like, with dark-colored clothes, a goatee and a snidely Whiplash-like moustache.
- Character Development: Subverted Starts out as a selfish prince, but in his mini-adveture he becomes the owner of a big toy corporation with a Ms. Universe as a wife. He reappears after the Time Skip as a tyrannical king, so he didn't learn much.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Wapol is one of the easiest enemies Luffy faces and their fight is completely one-sided, with most of the time spent by Wapol trying to get something to eat and become more powerful.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Averted. After his exile, he goes through a stint of homelessness before using his powers to make toys and makes far more money than he did as a king.
- Dirty Coward: In spite of his arrogance, when he learned how strong Blackbeard's crew was, Wapol took his army and ran rather than fight them, leaving his country defenceless. Vivi is appalled when she hears this.
- Evil Is Hammy: He makes over-the-top expressions and speaks in a fairly dramatic manner.
- Evil Is Petty: As shown best in a flashback—as revenge for being chewed out for his callousness by her father, Wapol "accidentally" slapped Vivi at a conference (who was 5 years old at the most). Bad enough on its own, worse in that it could have resulted in war between their countries.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Wapol may be an unabashedly petty asshole, but even hes visibly horrified upon seeing Charlos try to enslave Shirahoshi in broad daylight
- Evil Laugh: Maaahahahaha.
- Extreme Omnivore: Food, wood, steel, garbage, himself, it's all the same to him. He actually manages to weird out Luffy with how eager he is to consume random stuff.
- Fat Bastard: Wapol is a fat and corrupt king, who brought the Drum kingdom in misery.
- Fat Idiot: While he shows to have some brain once in a while, like when he lures Hiluluk in a trap, Wapol's intelligence is inversely proportional to his girth.
- Friend to All Children: Kind Of. Ever since he figured out how to recycle the material he eats into toys, kids love him and he is glad to sell them the toys, but only because it's a good source of money.
- Fusion Dance: Wapol can eat two people and fuse them, resulting in a stronger fighter. He uses this ability to fuse Chess and Kuromarimo. Subverted when Sanji points out Chessmarimo is just one of them standing on the other; only their clothes were fused.
- The Generalissimo: His post-timeskip outfit has strong undertones of this, that being a double-breasted military coat adorned with gaudy metals. His status as a tyrant of an evil kingdom also helps.
- Genius Ditz: While Wapol is an idiot most of the time, but his plan of exiling all the doctors in the Drum Kingdom so that he can force them into line by making them rely on HIS doctors is pretty clever, and, to compensate his inferior strength, Wapol uses some tactics against Luffy.
- Gonk: He's not very nice to see, even when he slims down, he keeps the same wild hair and long chin.
- Jerkass: Exceptionally petty, even compared to other villains.
- Karma Houdini: Though he is essentially exiled from his island, his toy company brought him more riches, adoration, and fame than his time as king. He even got to become king of his own evil kingdom.
- Laughably Evil: He's an evil guy, sure. But he is repeatedly used as comedic relief thanks to his expressiveness, his overall lack of intelligence, and the silly transformations he takes with his powres.
- Lean and Mean: He eats himself to fit through a doorway, and the result ends as a skinny and much better looking him. In both English dubs, he describes this form using the trope name verbatim.
- Merging Machine: One of the subpowers of the Munch-Munch fruit, allowing Wapol to fuse stuff he eats with each other. He actually exploits this in order to attain massive wealth.
- Morality Pet: In his cover-story, he befriends a little dog that he turns into a robot with his powers. It's still with him even after he becomes a Corrupt Corporate Executive, suggesting that he might have just learned something after all.
- Mugging the Monster: His entire conflict with the Straw Hats starts with him attacking their ship in an attempted raid. Turns out the Straw Hats are well out of his league.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He shows up right at the beginning of the arc to ambush the Straw Hats, resulting in a very short battle that ends with Luffy sending him flying. While he's still not much of a threat when he comes back, he at least takes more than half an episode to get rid of this time.
- Personality Power: Wapol is a fat glutton and has eaten the Munch-Munch Fruit, which gives him the ability to eat anything and assimilate its properties.
- Required Secondary Powers: Thanks to the Munch-Munch fruit, Wapol can eat anything, includind part of ships or bladed weapons, without injuring if not killing himself. He's introduced eating a sword blade, with Usopp lampshading that just looking at that is making his own gums start bleeding in sympathy.
- Self-Made Man: After being defeated by Luffy, Wapol lives in complete misery, but manages to become rich and the ruler of a new kingdom in a short amount of time by selling toys made with his Devil Fruit.
- Start My Own: Basically what he ends up doing. He gets forcibly removed from his World Government-recognized Drum Kingdom, so he creates the World Government-recognized Black Drum Kingdom.
- Thin Chin of Sin: His chin loses his bucket shape and turns into this when he slims down by eating himself.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He married Ms. Universe after his toy company popularity skyrocketed.
- Villainous Glutton: Given his Devil Fruit, he is of course this.
- We Can Rule Together: When Luffy has him trapped in his own castle's chimney and is about to send him blasting off, he panickedly started offering Luffy money, jewels, and even the title of vice-king. Naturally, it doesn't work.
- Would Hurt a Child: During one of the Reverie meetings, he slapped a then-5-year old Vivi just to get her father angry.
- Younger Than They Look: Despite looking like an overweight, quite wrinkled man in his forties, he's only 27 at the time the Straw Hat arrive on Drum Island. Exaggerated in Chopper's flashback where he was only 21, but still looked middle-aged, not appearing younger than his current self.