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In the One Piece world, there is only one continent, the Red Line, which runs 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 from 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. It is known as the "weakest" sea, considering the average bounty there is three million Berries, while a bounty over ten million is considered impressive. It's where Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usopp originate from. 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 Stelly, the one-time 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: Stelly initially appears in Luffy's flashback but appear in the main story over 300 chapters later at the Reverie.
- 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 Mariejois he 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 than 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 to throw 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 of 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.
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); Valentina Souza (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
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 Oda 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: Acts as one to Luffy, Ace, and Sabo when they are kids, being not many years older than them. Even years later, 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. When Luffy is at Foosha, Makino is a sister figure to him while Wood Slap is more fatherly. Makino also supports his dream of being a pirate but Wood Slap disapproves. The two are also very different in temperment.
- 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 debuted out-of-universe, reflecting how she's just an average nice girl.
- Happily Married: She's wearing a wedding ring after the timeskip and even has a baby to further cement it. It's not known who her spouse is, but Oda hints that he's an established character.
- 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 a teen. Played straight with her implied friendships with Dadan and Garp. When Garp returns from Marineford, she first pleads with Dadan to calm down and later stands between them to defend Garp from Dadan's punches.
- Nice Girl: She's really kind and polite to all the customers; in fact, the formerly wild and rowdy Ace learnt manners 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.
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Barry Yandell (EN), Jesús Cortés (Netflix)(Latin Spanish Dub)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
The old mayor of Foosha Village. Woop Slap is very grumpy and has never approved of Luffy's dream of becoming a pirate. Whenever Luffy receives a new bounty, he is the only one who complains while the village celebrates. Despite of his grumpy personality, Woop Slap is so well-liked by the residents of Foosha that he has remained mayor for a decade.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Higuma attempts to kill Luffy, Woop Slap actually got on his hands and knees and begs the mountain bandit to spare the young boy's life.
- Anger Born of Worry: Woop Slap is a fatherly presence in Luffy's life and has always disapproved of Luffy's dream to be a pirate. He claims that it will ruin the town's reputation but his concern for Luffy's welfare implies that the real reason is because of the dangers Luffy may face as a pirate.
- Because Destiny Says So: After learning about Luffy's first bounty, Makino tells Woop Slap not to worry about Luffy because becoming a pirate is his dream. Woop Slap then wonders if it's actually Luffy's destiny, implying he knows about the Will of D.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He's not Luffy's father, but he can be considered somewhat of a parental figure. He is also the only person in Foosha Village to disapprove of Luffy's career as a pirate. This is implied to be a combination of his status as a government official and his concern for Luffy's safety.
- 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 figure 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 it is clear he cares deeply for Luffy, being the first person to ask Garp for updates about Luffy after the war. It is also suggested that he cares a lot about his villagers and is well-liked by them in return because he has been mayor for over a decade, most likely due to popular support.
- 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.
Her bounty is 7,800,000 Berries.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Always wished out loud that Luffy, Ace, and Sabo would just get out of her hair but when Ace and Luffy thanked her for raising them before leaving to be pirates, she burst into tears.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: She was already having trouble with Ace when Luffy came along; Sabo joining them later didn't help much, either. However, she loves all of them as if they were her own children.
- Boxed Crook: Garp blackmailed her into looking after Ace and Luffy by threatening to have her arrested for being a mountain bandit.
- Brawn Hilda: Ugly, acts very rashly and un-womanly, and leads a gang of thugs.
- Calling the Old Man Out: When Garp returns to Foosha Village after the Marineford War, Dadan condemns him for letting Ace die and physically assaults him.
- Cowardly Lion: She oscillates between courage and cowardice.
- Fiery Redhead: Has orange hair and is hot-tempered, befitting a thug leader.
- Gonk: Mildly put, she's a thickset woman with coarse features.
- 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: She's usually grumpy, no doubt due to the stress of taking care of Luffy and Ace, but it's implied that her wards were aware of her inability to turn down requests, and told Sabo as much. When Sabo asked to stay with them, she caved in mere moments despite knowing he's as unruly as Luffy and Ace.
- Mama Bear:
- She attacked the pirate captain Blue Jam in order to protect Ace and Luffy."Don't you dare... hurt my boys!"
- Also her actions towards Garp listed in Calling the Old Man Out. Attacking without hesitation a man she had spent years rightly terrified of because of Ace's death and the pain it caused Luffy.
- She attacked the pirate captain Blue Jam in order to protect Ace and Luffy.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Luffy's flashback to his childhood shows that Dadan visibly feared Garp and always addressed him respectfully, but when she sees him again after Ace's death, she fearlessly clobbers him on the head in front of his Marine subordinates and punches him repeatedly, accusing him of picking his job over his family and letting Ace die. She also cusses him out.
- Parental Substitute: She'd never, ever admit it, but Dadan loves Ace, Luffy, and Sabo like her own children, and is absolutely heartbroken when Ace is killed, moreso because she cannot support Luffy in person. She laments that Luffy "is having a harder time" than anyone else and yells out encouragement to him in her grief.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives an absolutely blistering speech to scold Garp for his complacency in Ace's death and Luffy's grief, complete with a Punctuated Pounding for good measure. Everyone, including Garp himself, feel that he had it coming."You were right there with them on that battlefield! Those poor boys, and you didn't do a damn thing to help them! Why did you have me raise Ace, huh?! Why did you have me take care of them if it was going to end this way?! You stood there and watched that boy die! You care more about your damn job than you do about your family! 'The Great Hero of the Navy.' I hope you're proud of yourself, you heartless piece of crap! (...) Say something, you bastard! Why didn't you help him?! Why didn't you do something?! Look me right in the face, you spineless wretch! You answer me, dammit!"
- So Proud of You: One chapter cover features Dadan and her bandits wearing straw hats as they cut out pictures of Luffy and articles about his exploits to put in scrapbooks and there are few books dedicated to Ace, showing she's happy of what her foster sons have become.
- Tsundere: Towards her adoptive children, Ace, Luffy, and eventually Sabo. She treats all three 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 and equally distraught when she learned that Sabo (apparently) murdered someone.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Berates and attacks 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.
His bounty is 14,300,000 Berries.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bad Boss: He doesn't care too much for his subordinates and headshots Porchemy for losing to Ace and Sabo.
- 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.
- Hate Sink: He's a greedy, cold-blooded scumbag willing to murder children and cause mass genocide all so he can become a noble. And unlike other antagonists, neither he nor his henchmen possess any comedic or outstanding quirks to balance out their sinister natures.
- 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 realizes that the King has double-crossed them and left his crew to die in the fire he commissioned.
- 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); Gustavo Carillo (4Kids), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Netflix) (Latin Spanish)
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 Higuma 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.
His bounty, when he was alive, is 8,000,000 Berries.
- Asshole Victim: Higuma is a vile bandit with no sense of honor and, after kidnapping Luffy, is eaten by the Lord of the Coast.
- Beard of Evil: He has a small pointy beard to add to his bandit-esque design.
- 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, one of the most powerful pirates of the planet, is a Nice Guy and doesn't want to cause troubles.
- 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. However, compared to named characters even in the East Blue arc, this is next to nothing.
- 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 after barely escaping Shanks.
- 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 ten years.
Shells TownA town formerly ruled by Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan.
Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (JP), Jaime Meldrum (EN, Odex), J. David Brimmer (EN, 4Kids), Brett Weaver (EN, Funi), Rubén Moya, César Beltrán (Netflix) (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 gives 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.
- 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. This is at the start of the series too, long before the Straw Hats start 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.
- Named After the Injury: Got his nickname after he lost his hand and had it replaced with an axe. Not just an axe blade, but an entire axe, with the handle protruding out the back of his elbow.
- 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.
- The 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.
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 time-skip, 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 Chouchou 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 Chouchou 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, Chouchou 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, Chouchou gets a taste of revenge and bites Mohji's butt.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Especially since it's done to a normal dog. While attempting to defend his owner's store, Chouchou 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, Chouchou survives being maimed by Ritchie, a giant lion.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His extreme loyalty and refusing to move from his owner's shop even after the death of his owner is clearly inspired by Hachiko.
- Old Dog: He's 12-years-old, which corresponds to 84 dog years, although he doesn't look that old.
- Swallow the Key: In his first appearance, Chouchou 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: Chouchou 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); Alejandro Mayén (4Kids), Herman López (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
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 Chouchou'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 Chouchou, 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. He's so determined that Luffy has to knock him out just to keep him from getting killed by Buggy.
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: Tōru Ōhira (JP), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex), Frederick B. Owens (EN, 4Kids), Jonathan C. Osborne (EN, Funi); Jorge Roldán (4Kids), Raúl Solo (Netflix) (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.
- I Choose to Stay: When Luffy finally offers him a way off the Island of Rare Animals, he's absolutely touched, but chooses to remain behind to keep protecting all the animals from poachers.
- Odd Friendship: Forms a brief one with a torso-less Buggy until the latter has to leave to find his crew.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: His usual m.o. is to scare off any sailors who land on his island by shouting threats as its "Guardian God". It's a bit more impressive in the anime, where he's also set booby traps to injure and kill intruders.
- "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.
Voiced by: Mariko Kouda (JP), Tara Sands (EN, 4Kids), Carrie Savage (EN, Funi); Adriana Núñez (4Kids), Analiz Sánchez (Netflix) (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 makes 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, when she decides to become a doctor, and a few covers reveal she's studying for it. More than qualifies in-universe as well, considering she's been shown to have suitors lining up for her.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a Malay/Indonesian word for "rich/wealthy". No prizes for guessing her financial status.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She regrets not believing Usopp from the beginning about Kuro wanting to kill her, as her reaction upon learning the awful truth about Kuro and seeing Merry all bloody. It gets even worse when Usopp takes a blow for her from Kuro, crying at Usopp for the punishment he has taken up until now.
- Nice Girl: She's very kind and even puts up with Usopp's lies, just smiling at him and his antics. It makes it 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.
- Soap Opera Disease: Apparently largely psychosomatic, caused by the trauma of losing her parents.
- 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 uncomfortable 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 gives 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); Geezuz Gonzáles (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
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 it turns out the wound is not fatal, and Merry survives.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Merry is the one to give the Straw Hats their first ship, the Going Merry, named after himself, which accompanies the Straw Hats for 400 chapters and plays a central role in the Water 7 saga.
- Sweet Sheep: Merry is sheep themed, with a hairstyle that is similar to a sheep's wool, and is a very nice man, even if a bit too protective.
- Visual Pun: His sheep motif is a reference to how the Japanese word for butler (shitsuji) is almost identical to the word for sheep (hitsuji).
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.
- 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.
- Eyes Out of Sight: Carrot's eyes are always covered by his hair.
- 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 maintain 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.
- Tears of Joy: Carrot, Pepper and Onion are moved to tears after learning of their former captain (who gains the title of "God")'s actions and new bounty following the events of Dressrosa.
- 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 fights with each other, 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 each other. 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), Jamie Meldrum (EN, Odex), Robert O'Gorman (EN, 4Kids), Grant James (EN, Funi), Garrett Schenck (EN, second Funi voice); Jorge Santos (4Kids), Daniel del Roble (Netflix) (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.
While he possess a bounty the current amount is unknown.
- An Arm and a Leg: In his backstory, 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 any chance of becoming a pirate again, since he was famous for his kicks, so he decides to open the Baratie restaurant after leaving the island.
- Autocannibalism: After he and Sanji are wrecked on a deserted island, Zeff gives Sanji all of the food they have and resorts to eating his own leg so as not to starve to death, ending his pirate career as a result. In the anime, this is 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 young Sanji form a bond, especially after Sanji learn 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 Normal: Despite lacking any Devil Fruit powers, he used to travel the New World, the most dangerous sea in the world, and became a very famous pirate.
- Badass Teacher: He taught Sanji everything he knows about both cooking and fighting and, despite his age and peg leg, remains a formidable fighter.
- 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...
- Braids of Barbarism: His toughness and authority are accentuated by his long, braided mustache. It's also a visual clue that he's a former pirate.
- 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 implies that Zeff used to be a New World pirate.
- Commonality Connection: The reason why Zeff chose to sacrifice so much for Sanji's sake and raise him afterwards was because they shared the same dream: finding the legendary All-Blue. This is intensified after their ordeal of starving on the island, as now they both have the same perspective on feeding the hungry.
- 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.
- Dub Name Change: His nickname became "Red-Shoes" in the 4Kids dub and "Red-Foot" in Funimation.
- 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 pirates 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.
- Extremity Extremist: Zeff is known as "Red-Leg" because, when he was a pirate, he fought only using kicks, staining his legs with his victims' blood. After losing one of his legs, he stopped being a pirate but can still (literally) kick ass, and later passed on his skills to Sanji in hopes that he would use them to achieve their shared dream of finding the All Blue.
- 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 wears a typical chef hat, which is also the largest in the Baratie, to show that he's the one in charge.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After a shipwreck, Zeff and a young Sanji were the only survivors, with Zeff giving Sanji a tiny ration of food while keeping a huge bag for himself. Sanji would later learn that Zeff's bag contained only treasure, meaning Zeff gave 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 being shipwrecked on a deserted island, Zeff gave Sanji all of their food while making Sanji believe he'd kept most of the rations for himself, when in truth his bag contained only gold. To survive starvation for weeks, Zeff cut off his own leg and ate 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 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.
- Perpetual Frowner: Zeff is extremely grumpy and rarely smiles. The few times he actually does it, it's when he's seeing Sanji happy or showing how far he's come.
- Red Baron: He earned the moniker Red-Leg because of the blood from those he kicked that soaked it.
- Reformed Criminal: Zeff was once a famous and feared pirate, but is now a respectable chef and restaurant owner.
- Retired Badass: Zeff used to be a feared pirate who likely operated in the New World, 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 resemble a pirate, which he was in the past, his pirate career ended precisely because he sacrificed his leg 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.
- Tough Love: While he does love Sanji as a son, a feeling that is very much reciprocated, Zeff is incredibly strict towards him and often uses violence as punishment.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Sanji often insult each other, but deep down, they care for each other. Before leaving the Baratie, Sanji falls on his knees and thanks Zeff for everything he did for him.
- 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); Eduardo Fonseca (4Kids), Leonardo García (Netflix) (Latin Spanish Dub)
Carne Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi (JP), Kōzō Shioya (JP, Grand Battle! Rush!), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex), Sean Schemmel (EN, 4Kids), Charlie Campbell (EN, Funi); Miguel Ángel Botello (4Kid), José Luis Miranda (Netflix) (Latin Spanish Dub)
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.
- 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".
- Cerebus Retcon: In the Post-Water-7 Arc, Patty puts up Sanji's Facial Composite Failure purely to mess with him. Unfortunately, this helps the Big Mom Pirates to use Zeff as leverage to force Sanji into a marriage.
- Cool Shades: Carne always wears a pair of dark shaded glasses with round lenses.
- 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 as he greets them with a big smile.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: They are willing to let Don Krieg and his crew starve to death. Zeff, who knows what it means to starve, give them all the food they need instead.
- Those Two Guys: They are the most prominent cooks of the restaurant, besides Zeff, and are often seen together. They even joined the Baratie at the same time.
- Younger Than He Looks: Patty is in his late twenties but looks more like a man in his forties.
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.
Cocoyashi VillageNami's hometown.
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (JP), Chio Su Ping (EN, Odex), Tara Sands (EN, 4Kids), Tiffany Grant (EN, Funi); Nallely Solís (4Kids), Adriana Olmedo (Netflix) (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 a 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 Belle-mère...
- Action Survivor: Nojiko 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 — Belle-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: Although she's Nami's adoptive sister, Nojiko loves her and supports her as much as she can. Nami's forever hatred of her tattoo led Nojiko to get her own so that her sister wouldn't feel alone about it and also tosses Nami a bracelet before she left her home for a second time, as seen in Strong World.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Nojiko 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 Belle-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.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Although they're not blood-related, Nojiko and Nami shares a strong sibling-like dynamic. Nojiko is level-headed and responsible while Nami is rash, thieving and mischievous. This is more evident when they were kids (and Nojiko's maturity was in part of because her older age) and Nami tended to cause Belle-Mère troubles, while Nojiko was more responsible.
- Forced to Watch: Along with Nami, Nojiko is forced to watch Arlong kill Belle-mère before their eyes.
- Happily Adopted: Nojiko lived happily under Belle-Mère's care.
- Ms. Exposition: Nojiko and Genzo explain to the Straw Hats what's really going on with Nami and why she "backstabbed" them.
- Quit Your Whining: Nojiko harshly tells a young boy who's willing to get himself killed to avenge his father that Nami chose to live despite enduring suffering pain that's worse than death, so she has no patience for kids who would go in suicidal actions.
- 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. They're found by Belle-Mère who adopts them.
- Taking the Bullet: Nojiko takes a bullet for her sister when Nezumi and his crew dig up Nami's money. Fortunately, it only hit her shoulder, but it's enough for the villagers to want to fight back against Arlong's crew, leading to Nami's despair.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The sassy, punkish Tomboy to Nami's mischievous and sprightly Girly Girl.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She managed to be the mature one of the family, and the only one who kept her cool during the argument over Nami and Bellemere over whether they were truly family.
Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (JP), Jaime Meldrum (EN, Odex), Matt Hoverman (EN, 4Kids), Bill Flynn (EN, Funi); José María Negri (4Kids), Humberto Solórzano (Netflix) (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.
- 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 Belle-mère's more relaxed parenting style.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He's notoriously older than Belle-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.
- 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), Chio Su Ping (EN, Odex), Kathleen Delaney (EN, 4Kids), Cynthia Cranz (EN, Funi); Gabriela Gómez (4Kids), Maggie Vera (Netflix) (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, which became a critical step on Nami's journey to becoming a pirate.
- 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!: In the manga, Arlong shoots Belle-Mère in the head. The anime tones it down by making the kill shot a blast to the chest.
- Bowdlerised: This is 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.
- Death by Origin Story: Her Heroic Sacrifice at Arlong's hands plays a major part in Nami and Nojiko's backstory.
- Delinquent Hair: "Girl Power". And cool too.
- Determinator: She gets brutally beaten by Arlong's gang after they invade her village, but all she needs to commit her Heroic Sacrifice are the memories of her adopted daughters.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Downplayed. In the manga, Arlong shoots her in the head. In the anime, he shoots her in the chest.
- Due to the Dead: After Arlong murdered Belle-Mère, her body was laid to rest on a nearby cliff. Over the years, a tangerine was frequently placed on her gravesite.
- 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-Mère gets shot in the head point blank by Arlong.
- Fiery Redhead: She's 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.
- 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: To let her daughters live, Belle-Mère holds off Arlong and his crew before she's shot to death.
- Hot-Blooded: She is quite impulsive, letting her emotions get the better of her.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A familial example. Her spirit encourages Nami to leave her home so the latter can set sail with the Straw Hat Pirates.
- 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 a renowned delinquent, she was also beloved by the 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.
Pirate Crews from the East Blue
The crew of the (in)famous pirate Buggy the Clown, a Circus themed gang of low-level pirates. The most notable members are Mohji the Tamer & the First Mate, Cabaji the Acrobat & Second Mate, and Richie, a huge lion who serves as Moji's pet. After a confrontation with the future Straw Hat Pirates that saw Buggy separated from his crew, they are later joined by Alvida, the pirate that Monkey D. Luffy fought against on his voyage, in time to intecept the Straw Hats in Loguetown before embarking on their own voyage to the Grand Line. Although powerful, for an East Blue crew, they are in reality nowhere near as strong as they are feared.
After the Marineford War and Buggy's evasion from Impel Down then his ascension to the rank of Warlord, the crew now hosts several powerful criminals from Impel Down who were freed by Buggy, including Galdino who once worked in Baroque Works. Furthermore, they now operate a successful underworld mercenary business known as Buggy's Delivery.
- Aerith and Bob: In the crew there are uncommon names like Cabaji and Galdino and common ones like Richie and Buggy.
- Affably Evil: They're all a bunch of happy-go-lucky pirates... as long as you're their friend.
- Arms Dealer: Buggy had an interest to take part in the underworld's arms racket in light of Donquixote Doflamingo's defeat, but with the New Giant Warrior Pirates splitting off and the end of the Warlord system, it's uncertain how, if at all, those plans will move forward.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: When Buggy goes missing, Mohji and Cabaji fight to decide who will be the new captain. Richie defeats both while sleepwalking and becomes the captain for a short while.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Notable as the only pirate crew that doesn't follow this. Following the Whitebeard Arc, Buggy, Mohji, Cabaji, and Alvida remain in charge, despite the fact that all of their new members completely outclass them.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Due to Buggy's screwy style, their love for partying and having a good time and the crew's overall circus theme, they don't look as threatening as other more serious crews. Despite this, Buggy and his crew are still strong enough to make it to a high-ranking position and Buggy himself becomes one of the Seven Warlords.
- Circus of Fear: Following Buggy's clown motif, many of the crewmembers are based off typical circus folk.
- Devious Daggers: Many crew members use daggers, like their boss.
- Dirty Coward: Most of the crew is composed by cowards who refuse to take any risks when they know they don't stand a chance. When Buggy is captured by the Marines, though they want to save him, once Alvida points out how impossible it is to escape that prison, they quickly give up wishing him good luck. Once Crocodile and Mihawk beat Buggy up and intend to kill him over a mistake about the formation of Cross Guild, his closest crew members (Mohji, Richie and Cabaji) do nothing to save him and all agree to serve Crocodile in order to save themselves, completely uncaring over the years of comradship they've shared with their captain.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from a moderately successful pirate crew in the East Blue to a large and powerful warlord crew to one of the absolute most powerful and influential pirate crews on the planet.
- Hired Guns: The Pirate Dispatch Organization consists mainly in mercenaries.
- Private Military Contractors: What they become in the timeskip with Buggy becoming a Warlord.
- Terrible Trio:In the crew there is are two pathetically weak trios: a threesome of low level pirates called the Tightrope Walking Funan Bros who has the bad luck of stumbling into Zoro and a the Superhuman Domingos, who are effortlessly taken care of by Luffy.
- Took a Level in Badass: Downplayed. The crewmembers don't get stronger during the story, but gains many more powerful allies, including many strong Impel Down escapees. Their strength increase is further exacerbated after the events of the Wano arc where former warlords Crocodile and Dracule Mihawk enter its ranks, although they are actually the real one in charge and funds a new organization: Cross Guild.
- Villain Forgotto Level Grind: Because they have been mooching off of Buggy's success as a Warlord, Mohji, Richie, Cabaji, Alvida and Galdino never bother to train or improve their skills and are usually seen lazing off enjoying the festivities, not even caring about the fact that most (if not all) the other recruits are leagues above them in strength. Mohji and Richie are a prime example, having gotten overweight from over eating and being a lot weaker than they used to be.
Mohji "the Beast Tamer"
Voiced by: Shigenori Soya (JP), Jamie Meldrum (EN, Odex), Tom Souhrada (EN, 4Kids), Chuck Huber (EN, Funi); Christian Strempler (4Kids), Javier Rivero (Netflix)(Latin American Spanish)
Age: 27 (Pre-Timeskip), 29 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 9 (Manga), Episode 6 (Anime)
Buggy's first mate. He's a self-declared pet tamer and has a giant lion called Richie. He generally doesn't fight much himself and lets Richie do the job.
In the Orange Village arc, he and Richie fight Luffy, but are quickly defeated. During Buggy's disappearance, he challenges Cabaji for the title of captain, but both are accidentally defeated by Richie.
- Anime Hair: His hair goes from resembling the head of a teddy bear, complete with ear, to a rabbit-like model, a lion mane model and, in his last appearance, a ram model.
- Bare Your Midriff: A rare male example. He wears a white fur shirt that leaves his belly exposed. Averted with his post-timeskip outfit.
- The Beastmaster: He claims that he can tame any animal or beast, but his only attempt with ChouChou is an Epic Fail.
- Bearer of Bad News: While Buggy celebrate the positive effects Doflamingo's defeat has on his business, Mohji breaks the mood, telling him their giant mercenaries have left.
- Big Eater: Post timeskip he's always seen eating, and he's gotten fat because of it.
- Big Ol Eye Brows: He's got some thick eyebrows.
- Co-Dragons: Despite being referred to as Buggy's first mate, he shares equal authority with Cabaji. When their captain is temporarily missing, Mohji and Cabaji to decide who's the new captain. After Marineford, the strongest part is no longer true but are still among the closest ones.
- Formerly Fit: In the first half of the story, he's lean and even slightly tall. After the timeskip, he's gotten quite fat.
- Kick the Dog: Not exactly kick, but burning down the shop of the dog's beloved and deceased owner is definitely something only an evil pirate would do.
- Morality Pet: Richie is literally this to Mohji. While he's not completely evil, he cares a lot for his lion and gets mad at Cabaji after he uses Richie as a shield.
- Non-Action Guy: Mohji usually relies on Richie doing most of the fights. The only time Mohji personally clashes personally is for the position of captain against Cabaji, after Buggy is presumed dead.
- Whip It Good: Fittingly for the standard beast tamer model, Mohji wields a whip.
Cabaji "the Acrobat"
Voiced by: Endō Moriya (JP), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex), J. Ward Regan (EN, 4Kids), Greg Ayres (EN, Funi); Carlos Íñigo (4Kids), Alan Bravo (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 32 (Pre-Timeskip), 34 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 9 (Manga), Episode 6 (Anime)
Buggy's chief of staff. He's a swordsman with an acrobat theme, and fights with multiple weapons.
In the Orange Village arc, he fights Zoro and, despite playing dirty, he's ultimately defeated. During Buggy's disappearance, he fights Mohji for the title of captain but Richie beats them both.
- Attack the Injury: During his battle with Zoro, Cabaji deliberately attacks the stab wound Zoro received from Buggy in order to weaken him. Zoro is unimpressed and ends up making the stab wound bigger himself to show him that he can still win even with a handicap, which he does.
- Blade Across The Shoulder: In his first appearance after the time-skip he wields his large sword over the shoulder.
- Co-Dragons: He and Mohji are Buggy's strongest and closest crewmates and, when Buggy is seemingly lost, they fight for the title of new captain of the crew. After Marineford, the strongest part is no longer true but are still among the closest ones.
- Combat Pragmatist: Cabaji is not above using tricks and kicking the wound of the enemy in a fight. Nami calls him out for his dirty way of combat.
- Dual Wielding: Among the many weapons he has, his favorites are two swords.
- Fragile Speedster: Cabaji is really fast on his unicycle, but gets owned in three strikes by Zoro.
- Human Shield: He doesn't use a human, but Richie, Mohji's lion and his own ally, to protect himself from a cannonball. Mohji berates him for using his lion.
- Improbable Weapon User: To fit his acrobat's theme, Cabaji's weaponry includes dust, spinning tops and flames shot out of his mouth.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Cabaji keeps his coat open open, leaving his chest exposed as a sign of confidence in his skills.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers the left side of his face, giving him a more eccentric look.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a large blue and white-squared scarf and is one of the crew's strongest fighters.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His long coat doesn't have any sleeves.
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)
Debut: Chapter 9 (Manga), Episode 6 (Anime)
Mohji's giant lion. Despite his intimidating appearance, he acts more like a kitten and tends to think about food most of the time. He's also a bit of a coward, but that's because he's aware of the enemies who are stronger than him.
In his first appearance, he attacks a caged Luffy by Mohji's order but, once Straw Hat is freed, he's quickly defeated.During Buggy's disappearance, he becomes temporarily the new captain, but he and the crew are quickly captured by a cannibal tribe until Buggy comes and saves them.
- Achievement In Ignorance: Mohji and Cabaji fight to decide who becomes the new captain and Richie wins by knocking them both out while asleep.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His mane is red in the manga while in the anime it's purple.
- Big Eater: He is constantly hungry and often thinks about food. After the time-skip, he has become a bit fat, just like his master.
- Characterization Marches On: In his debut, he acts like a ferocious giant lion. In his later appearances he seems smarter than the average lion (though still not very clever) and makes human gestures.
- Cowardly Lion: Literally. He's a huge and ferocious lion but he's also a coward whenever he perceives danger. To be fair, he simply knows how weak he is compared to the Grand Line threats.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Once Luffy gets out of the cage, he grabs Richie, twists his own arms and slams the lion to the ground spinning him for extra damage, knocking him out.
- Formerly Fit: He seems to have gained some weight during the time-skip, not unlike his tamer.
- Funny Animal: Especially in his later appearances, where he acts almost like a human barring the lack of speech. In his previous appearance, he's a large ferocious animal.
- General Failure: His career as captain of the Buggy Pirates is really short, as they are quickly captured by the Kumate Tribe, until Buggy and Alvida save them.
- Non-Verbal Miscommunication: Being a lion, he talks with gestures, more often than not asking for food, but the other misinterpret it as if he's been moved by a sad moment.
- Panthera Awesome: He's a giant lion, big enough to carry his master on his back, at least at the beginning.
- The Speechless: He's a lion, therefore he can't talk. He tries to communicate with gestures but the crew often misunderstands the message.
- Your Size May Vary: In his first appearance, Richie is the size of an elephant. Since then he has become only slightly bigger than his master Mohji.
"Iron Mace" Alvida
Voiced by: Yoko Matsuoka (JP), Kayzie Rogers (EN, 4Kids, pre-Devil Fruit), Kathleen Delaney (EN, 4Kids, post-Devil Fruit), Laurie Steele (EN, Funi), Erica Edwards (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 25 (Pre-Timeskip), 27 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 2 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)
Devil Fruit: Slip-Slip Fruit
The lady pirate Alvida is the first enemy that Luffy faces in his travels. A grotesquely obese woman, she thinks of herself as the most beautiful woman on the seas (Eiichiro Oda stated that the one thing missing on her ship was a mirror), and would beat those who annoy her with an iron mace. Luffy incurs her wrath by calling her an old hag, but it only takes him one punch to lay her flat.
Sometime after her encounter with Luffy, she obtained and ate the Slip-Slip Fruit (Sube Sube no Mi), which transformed her from her short, fat, unsightly self into a tall, slim, and sultry woman. When people say that she's the most beautiful woman on the seas, now they really mean it. Currently she is co-captain of the Buggy Pirates.
She has a bounty of 5,000,000 Berries; however, as a Warlord's associate, her bounty is currently null. She holds one record for her bounty: Lowest non-active, yet non-Warlord bounty.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime adaptation's first episode shows the Alvida Pirates raiding a civilian cruise ship with Alvida herself forcing Koby (who was already blackmailed into becoming her cabin boy) to get involved in the aforementioned raid despite Koby not having any weapon or martial arts to attack people. This does not happen in the manga.
- Affably Evil: After her Devil Fruit transformation, she loses the mean-tempered, petty streak she's known for. She tries to strike a friendly conversation with Luffy and often serves as the voice of reason in her crew. Of course, she's still a pirate and will still use her iron mace on anyone who stands in her way.
- Badass Longcoat: She wears a coat that indicates that she's a pirate captain. After joining the Buggy Pirates, it still visually shows her high position among the crew.
- Bad Boss: She is some kind of perfectionist who wants everything around her to be clean and beautiful and she punishes severely henchmen who slack off. Interestingly enough, she mellows a lot after she becomes a beauty herself.
- Bare Your Midriff: Post-Devil Fruit, she wears a bikini top and white pants that exposes her shapely belly.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her ugly. Doesn't matter if she's fat or fit — she'll whip out her iron mace and swing to kill.
- Book Ends: In the anime, the East Blue Saga begins and ends with her.
- Carry a Big Stick: She uses a large iron mace as her weapon, and can still swing it effortlessly after gaining her new slim body.
- Cool Ship: The Miss Love Duck, formerly — getting knocked into the sky caused her crew to basically turn tail on her and run off with her ship. She now uses a much smaller heart-shaped boat not much bigger than Mihawk's Coffin Boat, that only sits a few people.
- Delusions of Beauty: Despite being obese and ugly, Alvida considers herself the most beautiful woman of the seas and beats up anyone who disagrees with her mace. After eating the Slip-Slip fruit, however, she loses the excessive weight and the freckles, becoming as beautiful as she claims to be (in her eyes, she lost only her freckles, though).
- Does Not Like Shoes: Played with; she needs bare feet to skate around on her slippery skin, which prompts her to take off her shoes.
- Even the Girls Want Her: When she first reveals her new, beautiful, self in Loguetown, more than a few women are smitten along with the men.
- Fat Bitch: In her first appearance, Alvida is a fat and unpleasant woman who mistreats her subordinates. In her second appearance, she has lost all of her fat thanks to the Slip-Slip Fruit and has become nicer, but remains a villainous character.
- Formerly Fat: After eating the Slip-Slip Fruit she loses all the excess weight. She thinks, however, to have just lost her freckles because she's never seen hereself as fat.
- Girls with Guns: Although she prefers her iron mace, she also carries a flintlock with her◊. In One Piece Grand Battle video games, Alvida actually uses flintlock for ranged attacks that can't be covered with her iron mace. She also uses her flintlock to finish off a member of Kumate tribe.
- Gonk: Before eating the Slip-Slip Fruit, she's short, fat, and ugly. Luffy understandably can't recognize her after her transformation.
- Jerkass: She's vain, selfish, bad tempered woman and used to having her own way and would abandon anyone she views as dead weight, such as Buggy when he's captured by the Marines.
- Head-Turning Beauty: While at first Alvida is very ugly, after her devil fruit-transformation she becomes a stunning woman, to the point she's unrecognizable. Upon her arrival in Loguetown many men in the city are allured by her beauty.
- I Reject Your Reality: Regarding her obesity, she will deny ever being so. Alvida didn't have a mirror on her first ship for a reason. Even after she eats her Devil Fruit, she says all she lost are her freckles.
- Lightning Bruiser: Post-Devil Fruit. She can slide freely on the ground to move fast, and she's every bit as strong as before. Not to mention that attacks directed at her slips away easily.
- Ms. Fanservice: Post-Devil Fruit, she's lost all of those fat and becomes much slimmer and more beautiful. Behold!◊
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Initially is fat but strong as well, enough to cave a guy's face in her ship with her large mace. Upon getting her new lean body, she can swing her mace just as effortlessly.
- Named After Somebody Famous: She is based off of Awilda, a legendary female pirate who pretended to be a man in order to become a sailor and who became the leader of a pirate crew and later became queen of Denmark. It is unlikely Awilda existed.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Of a different sort than a Logia. Her Devil Fruit makes her skin "slippery smooth", effectively giving most of her body zero friction and resulting in attacks and projectiles simply sliding off harmlessly.
- Only Sane Woman: The carnival nature of the Buggy Pirates annoys her quite a bit. Ironically, she used to be the one crazy person among a crew of only sane men, who lost it anytime she had the slightest inclination someone insulted her looks. When she became slim, she lost her Berserk Button — or at least the reason for anyone to ever push it.
- Proud Beauty: Alvida is her beauty, not realizing that she's obese and unattractive. After eating the Slip-Slip Fruit, her pride becomes justified as she does indeed become beautiful.
- Significant Birth Date: Her birthday is March 14th, which is beauty day. At the beginning, it's ironic, because she's anything but a beauty. Since her Devil Fruit causes her to lose her fat and freckles, she has become beautiful enough to attract every men who sees her, making it meaningful.
- Stalker with a Crush: She joins Buggy in order to find Luffy in order to "make him her man". Since he's the first person to ever hit her, this may have some sadomasochistic undertones...
- Starter Villain: Her initial appearance is in the the second chapter of the manga, immediately following the story of Luffy meeting Shanks (the Anime moves her in the first episode), meaning she's the first enemy Luffy faces since the start of his journey (not counting the Lord of the Coast, that is a sea monster). Naturally, she's also one of the easiest enemies. She becomes much stronger after eating the Slip-Slip Fruit.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's become quite the looker post-transformation and has always been very tall, standing at around 6'6" (or 198 cm) according to the Vivre Card -- One Piece Visual Dictionary.
- Stout Strength: Before obtaining the Slip-Slip Fruit, she's pretty fat and strong enough to lift her big mace.
- Took a Level in Badass: She goes from being a one-shot Starter Villain to a fairly competent threat who, lest we forget, now has Devil Fruit abilities that make her far more durable than she appears and gives her a good degree of immunity against hand-to-hand users.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In her first appearance, she's a thorough foul individual to match her physical ugliness, brutally beating her crew for the slightest perceived transgression. After she eats her Devil Fruit, not only does she become much more beautiful, but she also mellows considerably, to the point of being a Friendly Enemy to people like Luffy.
- Villainous Crush: Seems to have one on Luffy. Despite this, she showed no concern for him when Buggy was about to kill him.
- Villainous Rescue: Along with Buggy, she saves the Buggy Pirates from the Kumate Tribe.
- Villain Team-Up: Saves Buggy and tags along with him afterwards, until she becomes part of his crew. Despite this, she cares little for Buggy, and willingly leaves him to his fate in Impel Down, but shows no problem letting him regain control of his crew once he escapes.
- Vocal Dissonance: In the 4Kids dub, her post Devil Fruit form has the same raspy voice as her fat form.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: She eats the Slip-Slip Fruit, which makes her body slippery. The only uses her powers have shown is causing shrapnel to slip off of her, turning her from a Gonk to Ms. Fanservice, and letting her slide across the ground while barefoot. However, this is useless against Smoker's Plume-Plume Fruit powers, and she can't slip out of seastone nets.
- With Great Power Comes Great Hotness: Before she ate her Devil Fruit, she's originally a fat and ugly woman who forces men to tell her she's beautiful. After she eats it, she loses the excessive weight and becomes a stunning beauty.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Zigzagged. At firt, she claims herself the world's most beautiful woman but she's actually a fat and grotesque woman. After eating the Slip-Slip Fruit, however, she can at least back up that claim, with men and women falling for her at first sight, but is not a contender for the most beautiful.
- Younger than They Look: Pre-transformation, she looks middle-aged despite being in her twenties. Post-transformation, she fits her actual age of 25 in Part 1 to 27 in Part 2, according to the Vivre Card -- One Piece Visual Dictionary anyway.
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), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex), Gary Mack (EN, 4Kids), Kent Williams (EN, Funi); Jorge García (4Kids), Armando Coria (Netlifx) (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.
- Arc Villain: Of Usopp's introduction arc.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Kuro has not lost his edge after 3 years of inactivity and is still far stronger than the rest of his crew.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Downplayed. On one hand, his Shakushi form is as fast as Soru, but he can't control it and ends up killing his own men. But on the other hand, he's a Bad Boss who intended to erase his crew anyway, so Shakushi's only drawback is that his crew being in the way hinders his effectiveness against Luffy.
- 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, as if to say that he, a liar, is full of shit, (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.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: He reminisces about all the years he spent as Kaya's butler... then concludes by saying how he hated that time.
- 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.
- Character Tic: He tends to adjust his glasses with the palm of his hand. According to Jango, Kuro picked up this habit as a result of wearing his clawed gloves all the time and not wanting to cut himself; his continued use of the gesture after three years of dormancy is a clue to Jango and the others that their captain hasn't gotten the slightest bit rusty in all that time.
- 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 adjusts 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.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: His slicked hair signifies his refined-yet-cunning demeanor quite well.
- Hate Sink: Kuro is one of the most heinous of the early series antagonists, willing to betray and murder a girl who took him in and showed him kindness for years, a well as anyone who knows his true identity, just so he can retire from piracy. In contrast to more comedic antagonists like Buggy or Alvida, his cruelty and callousness are played terrifyingly straight.
- 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 façade 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 succeeded, 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 care of her, almost like a father figure, only in the hopes of inheriting her fortune.
- Not Me This Time: When Jango hints Kuro killed Kaya's father, Kuro replies the death actually was entirely natural.
- Obviously Evil: He wears all black, has Scary Shiny Glasses, and is an arrogant jerk towards Usopp. And that is before The Reveal.
- Perpetual Frowner: Rarely does he ever crack a smile. When he does smile, expect it to be either a Slasher Smile or purely insincere.
- 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 Kaya 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.
- 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 Hurt a Child: He has no issues with ordering Jango to kill the Usopp pirates and would likely have done the deed himself if he didn't think killing Luffy was a higher priority at the time.
- 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), Chuck Powers (EN, Odex), Jimmy Zoppi (EN, 4Kids), Chris Rager (EN, Funi); Gerardo García (4Kids) (Latin American Spanish)
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.
His bounty is 7,000,000 along with Siam.
- 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 a set of 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), Jaime Meldrum (EN, Odex), Eric Stuart (EN, 4Kids), Todd Haberkorn (EN, Funi); Jorge Badillo (4Kids), Pascual Meza (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
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.
His bounty is 7,000,000 along with Butchie.
- 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.
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.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Once the most powerful crew in East Blue, by the time they actually appear they are malnourished and severely reduced in size, their maiden journey into the Grand Line having ended in failure after one week. The Baratie arc sees them sink even further, with their last remaining ship being destroyed by Mihawk and their attempt to seize the titular restaurant foiled by Luffy, Sanji, and the Baratie cooks. They're ultimately forced to flee the Baratie with only a mere rowboat to their names, more-or-less ending any hope of them once again becoming a serious threat.
- 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. Only for Mihawk, who followed them, to show up and wreck that one too.
- Lifesaving Misfortune: One of the reasons why they return to East Blue is because their flagship got caught in a malicious Grand Line storm... which saved it and the men sailing it from being sliced to pieces by Dracule Mihawk, like the other forty-nine ships in Krieg's fleet.
- Mooks: It used to be an entire fleet composed of fifty ships and five thousand men which, while strong by East Blue standard, are just thousands to use for target practice for someone like Dracule Mihawk. Unfortunately for them, they had the bad luck to run into a bored Mihawk during their first week on the Grand Line, who promptly destroys the armada because he had nothing else to do and they happened to be there. By the time the crew appears in the story proper, it's already been decimated to a mere one hundred men and a barely intact ship, and the ship is destroyed not long after.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Both in numbers and in actual ability. While in East Blue and the earlier parts of Paradise five thousand pirates is nothing to scoff at, in the New World the Four Emperors have crews several times that size, with soldiers that are magnitudes stronger than the fodder in Krieg's armada. That's not even accounting for the possibility of running into someone who could take on an armada of that size on their own, which is what happened to them when they had the misfortune of meeting a bored Dracule Mihawk, looking to kill time.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Downplayed, especially compared to their captain, but they still think they're still the strongest pirate crew in the East Blue after the Grand Line ripped them to shreds and left them a tiny fraction of what they once where. They weren't even the strongest pirate crew in the eastern seas before they went into the Grand Line — that honor actually belonged to the Arlong Pirates, a group of Fish-men whose strength is well beyond anyone native to the East Blue, and whose captain actually had a higher bounty than Krieg (and honestly deserved an even higher bounty than the one he actually had). The only reason the two groups never come into conflict is because Arlong is actively trying to keep a low profile.
- Unluckily Lucky: Running into a bored Dracule Mihawk during your first week on the Grand Line is some of the worst luck ever seen in the series. Luckily for the Krieg Pirates, before Mihawk destroyed their last ship, they got caught up in a storm that allowed them to briefly escape him. Even after he catches up with them at the Baratie and destroys said ship, he quickly loses interest in them due to meeting Zoro, which unquestionably saves their lives.
- 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 dismisses the idea of them being a legitimately strong crew.
"Foul Play" Don Krieg
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Jaime Meldrum (EN, Odex), Marc Thompson (EN, 4Kids), Andy Mullins (EN, Funi); Víctor Delgado (4Kids), Víctor Covarrubias (Netflix) (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. Then we 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: He's the main antagonist of Sanji's introduction arc.
- Badass Boast: While threatening the Baratie cooks, Krieg boasts about his armor, the arsenal inside and the fame of his powerful army.
- 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.
- 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 fights Krieg uses a large arsenal of weapons, including a deadly gas to fight Luffy after it's clear he cannot win in a fair fight.
- Determinator: Even after being beaten by Luffy, Krieg remains standing and his crew believes he's still conscious.
- 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 most of the chefs of the 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.
- Hate Sink: While not one of the most monstrous villains to appear, he is a really detestable blowhard without redeemable character traits. He is a Small Name, Big Ego who is completely blind to how weak he really is even after Mihawk wipes out his entire fleet singlehandedly, he attacks the people who saved his life the moment he has his strength back just for the hell of it and plans to rob them blind, is a Bad Boss that treats his own crew as disposable, relies on dirty tricks when he realizes he can't win in a straight fight, and is a huge Sore Loser who refuses to understand when he's been beaten.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: He has a very short temper and posses two large sideburns, emphasizing his manly appearance.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Don Krieg was renowned as the strongest pirate in East Blue, with a force of fifty ships and five thousand men at his command. One week in the Grand Line and a run-in with Dracule Mihawk later, he runs all the way back to East Blue with his tail between his legs, his once-powerful armada reduced to one hundred starving men and a barely intact ship (which is subsequently sliced to pieces by Mihawk). Then he gets his ass kicked by Luffy and is sent packing from the Baratie on a rowboat, destroying any and all illusions of his supposed invincibility.
- 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 captain 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 immediately afterwards he orders 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 his 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, since he relies on his crew's numbers.
- 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 (even though he didn't have the highest bounty there at the time — that honor belonged to Arlong). Too bad he doesn't realize that on the Grand Line he's target practice. In fact, he's not even the strongest member of his own crew, with his mistreated but inexplicably loyal second in command Gin being stronger.
- 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.
- 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.
- He also shows little gratitude for Gin's service, ordering him to throw his mask away and die in the poison gas bombardment after Gin asks Krieg to spare the Baratie.
- 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!
- We Have Reserves: Krieg is not terribly bothered by having lost almost all of his crew in one fell swoop, as he regards them as easily replaceable dregs whose place can be filled by anyone else.
- 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, stating that individually each of his men aren't actually all that tough. When they've dwindled down to less than a hundred strong, they're little more than Mooks.
"Demon Man" Gin
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono (JP), Brain Zimmerman (EN, Odex), 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.
His bounty is 12,000,000 Berries
- 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. Alternatively, they're from the hunger and fatigue.
- 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.
- Foreshadowing: He takes out seven marine officers, singlehandedly and unarmed, after having been starving to death for at least 4 days. After he's got a good meal in him, he becomes one of the toughest enemies in the series at that point.
- HeelFace Turn: He's never shown anyone mercy in his entire life. After Sanji saved him from starving to death, he does so for the very first time.
- 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.
- Ordered to Die: He's ordered to throw away his gas mask for asking Krieg to spare Sanji, and he obediently complies.
- Red Baron: His epithet is "Demon Man".
- Spell My Name with an S: Both English dubs spell his name as "Ghin". It's unclear if this is a form of censorship to avoid associating him with the alcoholic drink or to make the spelling of his name better reflect its pronunciation (which is indeed pronounced with a hard g).
- 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. He is one of the few significant characters who do not appear in the post-timeskip cover page series. The closest hint to him being alive is that the sixth databook gives him a post-timeskip age.
- Underestimating Badassery: The Baratie's crew dispatches him with much trouble, leading them to believe he's just some random flunky. They failed to realize that this was simply Gin on death's door. Once he's back from the brink, he's easily the strongest man on Krieg's crew.
- 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); Dafnis Fernández (4Kids), Ricardo Mendoza (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
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.
- Raised by Wolves: According to Krieg, he found Pearl living in the jungle with wild animals. Because of this, he reverts to a more bestial state whenever he feels threatened.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He believes to be invincible, strong, handsome and cool, and while he's certainly far from weak, he's pretty much outclassed by many stronger pirates.
- Surfer Dude: Talks like this in the 4Kids dub.
- 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 tactic he learned while growing up in the jungle.
Voiced by: Machiko Toyoshima (JP), Chio Su Ping (EN, Odex), Priscilla Everett (EN, 4Kids), Monica Rial (EN, Funi); Xóchitl Ugarte (4Kids), Ximena de Anda (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Debut: Chapter 5 (Manga), Episode 2 (Anime)
Zoro's childhood rival and the daughter of the Dojo owner Koshiro. During Zoro's flashback, she defeats him about 2000 times, but believes 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. Her death lead to Zoro's desire to become the best swordsman of the world in order to fulfill the promise they made together.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Kuina was tougher than even most of the adults in her dojo, and not at all afraid to flaunt it.
- Badass Adorable: Despite her young age and cute looks, Kuina was stronger than most of the adults in her dojo.
- Best Friend: To Zoro. As much as they were rivals, Zoro genuinely regarded her as his best friend, and still does in the present. She remains one of his primary motivations for becoming the World's Greatest Swordsman, to the point that he refuses to break the promise he made to her even in the face of death.
- Child Prodigy: Kuina 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 was fully grown.
- Connected All Along: While having trouble to control Enma in chapter 1033, Zoro realizes that Kuina and her father are respectively the granddaughter and the son of Shimotsuki Kobazuro, Wano's greatest blacksmith and the forger of Wado Ichimonji and Enma.
- Cool Sword: Kuina wields a katana called Wado Ichimonji, which is distinguishable thanks to its white sheath. Zoro takes it up after her death, and goes on to develop his signature "three-sword" style with it. Notably, it's the only katana that Zoro owns from the start of the series and keeps, even through his first (one-sided) duel with Mihawk.
- Death by Falling Over: Her death was already tragic enough for Zoro, but the fact that it was by something so mundane and sudden as falling down stairs rubbed salt in the wound.
- D-Cup Distress: The fact she's developing breasts, period, is the source of angst because they remind Kuina that she's becoming a woman, and Kuina fears her body would become unsuited for sword combat. Very uncomfortable real world associations with young girls having fear/poor self esteem/self hate for how their bodies naturally develop ensues.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Kuina dies offscreen after falling down a flight of stairs. Her sudden death shocks a very young Zoro.
- 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...
- First Friend: Zoro acknowledges her as his "oldest friend".
- Goal in Life: Kuina's goal was to become the greatest swordsman ever, and she shared this goal 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.
- Heir Club for Men: Her father refused to allow her to inherit the dojo despite her talent, believing that female sword wielders will inevitably be outclassed by their male peers.
- Identical Stranger: When Zoro meets Tashigi for the first time, he notices how the two are almost identical in looks and personality. This startles Zoro, who has trouble interacting with Tashigi due to how much she reminds him of Kuina, to the point that he prefers to run than fight her. It's not because Tashigi is stronger like Kuina was to him when they were kids, but rather because Zoro is much stronger than she is; Zoro views defeating her again as tarnishing Kuina's memory.
- Little Miss Badass: Despite being only an 11-year-old girl, she was one of the strongest fighter in her dojo, to the point Zoro could never defeat her.
- The Rival: Kuina is Zoro's rival when he was a kid. He defeated all the adults in the dojo but Kuina constantly beat him, so he trained and challenges her thousands of times in hope to defeat her once. Kuina always won.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga and anime, Kuina suffers a fatal Staircase Tumble. In the 4Kids dub, however, she's brutally crippled by a group of sexist opponents who lost to her.
- Staircase Tumble: Kuina suddenly died by falling down some stairs, shortly after making her promise with Zoro.
- 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.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: As much of a badass she was, she was still human, and something mundane as falling down the stairs is lethal for her.
- Unkempt Beauty: Kuina was very pretty, despite having short hair and boyish clothes. In the flashback, even one of Zoro's classmates noticed how cute she is.
Johnny Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (JP), Chris Ayres (EN, Funi), Dan Green (EN, 4Kids), Jaime Meldrum (EN, Odex); Jesús Cortez (4Kids), Víctor Ugarte (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Yosaku Voiced by: Yasuhiko Tokuyama (JP); Josh Martin (EN, Funi), Wayne Grayson (EN, 4Kids), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex) 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 travel with the crew during the Baratie and Arlong Park arcs.
- Aerith and Bob: Seriously, Yosaku and Johnny?
- Blatant Lies: They claim that they narrowly lost after being curb-stomped
- 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 almost never seen apart, except for early in the Arlong arc; Johnny stays on the island while Yosaku sails back to the Baratie to inform Zoro and the others about finding Nami. 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 too. 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. It was known as the
Voiced by: Koichi Kitamura (JP), Kent Williams (EN), Jorge Santos (Netflix LatAm)
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.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: In his youth, he was a notorious explorer and archelogoist who traveled across the world to find more clues about the past - it's reported that he was arrested by the World Government 10 times and he escaped every time.
- 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: He threatened 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.
- Hidden Depths: In his youth, he was an adventurer of knowledge that was arrested 10 times and broke out of prison 10 times.
- His Name Is...: Right before he announces the lost kingdom's name, one of the Elder Stars has him shot.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Shaped like a clover, hence his name of course.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: He 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.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's long dead after the destruction of Ohara, but he and the scholars making a last stand to toss as much of Ohara's library into the lake as possible to save it from the fire ultimately allowed the very truth the World Government was trying to cover up with Ohara's destruction to survive.
Voiced by: Yuriko Yamaguchi (JP), Stephanie Young (EN), Ana Lobo (Netflix LatAm)
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 being 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.
She had a bounty of 79,000,000 Berries
- 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.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Spandine decides to try to take her back to interrogate her about Saul's whereabouts, but ends up having to leave her behind when the Buster Call hits. After Saul shows up to fight the Buster Call ships, Spandine realizes he doesn't need Olvia anymore.
- Cruel to Be Kind: She denies being Robin's mother in order to prevent Robin from being labeled the daughter of a criminal, albeit partly because she believes she doesn't deserve to call herself Robin's mother after leaving her for so long. She relents after Robin outs herself as an archaeologist.
- 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 the Tree of Knowledge with the other scholars rather than leave with her daughter. She's deeply guilty about this.
- 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 that she had learned how to read the Poneglyphs, 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.
Voiced by: Noriko Uemura (JP), Jessica Cavanagh (EN), Vivian Magos (Netflix LatAm)
Debut: Chapter 391 (Manga), Episode 275 (Anime)
Robin's aunt and Olvia's sister-in-law. She and her husband (Olvia's brother) looked after Robin from when she was two until Ohara's destruction six years later.
- Abusive Parents: While she seems to be reasonably kind to her daughter, she treats Robin terribly, threatening to hit her if she doesn't stop crying, excluding her from family celebrations and forcing her to do most of the chores, among other things.
- Asshole Victim: She was among those who boarded the evacuation ship and got killed when Sakazuki destroyed it. Considering her personality, it's hard to feel sorry for her. It's lampshaded when Robin remarks that only mean people will be boarding the evacuation ship.
- Jerkass: She's an incredibly unpleasant woman who abuses her niece for no good reason and doesn't seem to be above yelling at her husband for making a token effort to stand up for Robin. Her daughter is the only person she seems to consistently treat well, and even that underscores how she favors her daughter over her niece.
- Kick the Dog: She casually and passive-aggressively mentions that Robin eats a lot for a "freeloader."
Another of the Four Blues where Sanji was born.
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka (JP), Daniel Penz (EN), Beto Castillo (Netflix LatAm)
Debut: Chapter 286 (Manga), Episode 187 (Anime)
An 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, as shown with his outcast descendant Montblanc Cricket.
- 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 Shandians' 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.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Montblanc Noland. When he takes the King to the place he claimed to exists they find no land instead and, in a sense, the place he's looking for ends up being in no land. Also, Montblanc is a type of cake made with hazelnuts, referencing his distinct hazelnut-like hairstyle.
- 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), Brain Zimmerman (EN, Odex), Matt Hoverman (EN, 4Kids), Andy Mullins (EN, Funi); Eduardo Fonseca (4Kids), César Soto (Netflix) (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 27 (Pre-Timeskip), 29 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 131 (Manga), Episode 79 (Anime)
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.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While Wapol was a terrible person in canon as well, he's made even worse in Episode of Chopper where, amongst his other foul deeds, he attempts to poison everyone on Drum Island to death. His goofier moments are also either significantly toned down or removed entirely, leading him to be treated far more seriously as a threat.
- 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.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: As part of his Villainous Breakdown, he begs with Luffy and offers him power before Luffy lands a Gum Gum Bazooka that sends Wapol flying out of the 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 citizens 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, realizing 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 Kuromarimo 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; Wapol 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.
- Dark Is Evil: After he becomes the king of the clearly evil Black Drum Kingdom, Wapol changes his white hippo-skin for a black one and wears a dark jacket that shows how he's fully embraced his evil nature.
- A Day in the Limelight: Wapol stars in his own mini-adventure, which shows what happened to him after his defeat and his slowly rise from a broke man in the streets to the king of an evil kingdom.
- 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 defenseless. Vivi is appalled when she hears this.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He runs into Vivi at and tries to start an international incident just because her father Cobra called Wapol out on his blasé attitude toward the threat of Dragon and the Revolutionary Army.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: An ironic use of this trope for a villainous character. After being defeated by Luffy and briefly falling into poverty, he learns his Devil Fruit develops a rare, indestructable alloy and uses it to wind up richer than ever before, and he gets a hot wife as well.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Wapol may be an unabashedly petty asshole, but even he's visibly horrified upon seeing Charlos try to enslave Shirahoshi in broad daylight.
- Evil Is Hammy: Wapol is a comical villain who 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" slaps a 6-year-old Vivi at a conference, to which, hadn't Vivi lied and said it was nothing, it could've led to a war between the two countries.
- Evil Laugh: Maaahahahaha.
- Extreme Omnivore: Thanks to his Devil Fruit, Wapol can eat literally anything: objects, tools, even people, which can be used to power himself up or be combined together.
- Fat Bastard: Wapol is a fat and corrupt king, who brought the Drum kingdom in misery with his selfishness.
- Fat Idiot: While he shows to have some brain once in a while, like when he lures Hiluluk into 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: 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, as 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: Wapol is a villain 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 powers. This makes him less of a threat and more of a source of comedy. Even after he funds the Evil Black Drum Kingdom and becomes a king, Wapol is never treated with any kind of respect.
- 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.
- Lone Wolf Boss: Out of all the arc villains of the Baroque Works saga, Wapol is the only one with no ties to the eponymous organization.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: Although he does it for the money, Wapol uses his Devil Fruit power to make new toys and sell them to the kids, which is the only remotely nice thing he does in the entire series.
- Rags to Riches: After Luffy defeats Wapol, the latter starts living on the streets like a homeless hobo, and, by eating random objects, he makes unique toys that attract a lot of kids. Thus, Wapol begins selling his own toys and becomes moderately successful. When it comes to light the metal used for the toys is a very valuable new metal, it makes him filthy rich again and becomes the king of a new kingdom: the Black Drum Kingdom.
- Required Secondary Powers: Thanks to the Munch-Munch Fruit, Wapol can eat anything, including 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.
- Riches to Rags: Wapol used to be the king of Drum Island but loses the title after he flees from the Blackbeard pirates. When he first appears in the story, however, Wapol still has a ship and some servants but, after Luffy sends him away, Wapol ends up on the streets broke. Over the course of his mini-adventure, however, Wapol becomes the king of a new kingdom.
- 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.
- Superpower Lottery: Wapol actually has a pretty useful and versatile Devil Fruit that allows him to eat nearly anything including people. If he wanted to, he could've just easily consumed anyone and be done with it. Not to mention being able to assulate objects and even people with Devil Fruit powers to make himself more powerful. However, Wapol is a case of "Good Fruit, Bad User" as he only uses this Fruit to gourge himself on random objects and isn't all that bright.
- Thin Chin of Sin: His chin loses his bucket shape and turns into this when he slims down by eating himself.
- Took a Level in Kindness: A very small one, but the troubles he went through before becoming a king again and starting his own toy factory mellowed him out just a hair. He's still a gigantic dick, but he also seems to enjoy the fact that his toys make kids happy (that, and it makes him money).
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Exaggerated. Despite being very fat and ugly, at the end of his cover story, Wapol marries Ms. Universe after his toy company popularity skyrocket. Although it can be justified by Wapol's newfound wealth and power.
- Villainous Glutton: Wapol is a former corrupt monarch and very gluttonous, and said gluttony is also strictly related to his Devil Fruit Power and his "hunger" for power.
- 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 is only 21, but still looks middle-aged, not appearing younger than his current self.