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The East Blue is one of the four seas of One Piece's world surrounding the Grand Line and is known as the weakest one, considering the average bounty is three million Berries while a bounty over ten million is considered impressive. It's where Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usopp originate from and the first 100 chapters of the story are set here.
The country and political body of Dawn Island from where Foosha Village resides and where Luffy, Ace, and Sabo grew up. Outwardly, it appears peaceful, but it has a sinister side. The crux of its entire existence is just nothing more than a shameless attempt to brown-nose and curry favor with Celestial Dragons. The decadent nobles which populate its extravagant part try to cover up the existence of their unscrupulous people and Gray Terminal, a dumping ground full of squalor. In the present day, upon the suspicious deaths of the king and prince, it is now ruled and represented at the Reverie by Queen Sarie Nantokanette and her husband, King Sterry, the onetime adopted brother of Sabo.
- Apathetic Citizens: HOT. DAMN. With the exception of Sabo, there is nobody among the Nobility there who bats an eyelash at the thought of a genocide of the destitute. Sabo happens to come across only one person- an old man at that- who shows even a touch of remorse. The kicker? It's a scene added in the anime. Yes, the production found it so cruel that they actually inserted a non-canon piece just to take the edge off how utterly irredeemable this place is.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The nobles there worship their globally influential counterparts at Mariejois to the point that they are almost their Bastard Understudies.
- Decadent Court: The nobility of Goa fits this on the spot.
- Moral Myopia: So bad, that they would BURN their "scum" to ashes rather than let a Celestial Dragon see that impression of their "fine" kingdom. All they want are brownie points in the end. And if you aren't playing for their team, get ready to suffer.
- The Purge: Committed a vile atrocity by having the entire noble class willingly plan and coordinate the destruction of Gray Terminal, sending countless people to their deaths all for the sake of superficiality and a lot of rancid values. They essentially repeated the massacre of Flevance Kingdom, not even giving the people a chance for mercy or opportunity to reason and show them they weren't harmful or toxic at all. Nope- just all scrubbed out, and with that, Sabo abandoned his homeland.
- World of Jerkass: Almost as bad as Mariejois, which, fittingly, they are trying to emulate. Calling it the land of the spoiled douchebags is a compliment. Dragon despises this place, as does Sabo, even more so. Sabo came to hate this place so badly that Dragon took him in as one of his Revolutionaries, and was shocked that this kingdom was the one behaving badly enough to finally make a kindhearted person proclaim they hated their roots.
Child Voice: Chika Sakamoto (JP), Barrett Nash (EN)
Adult Voice: Kosuke Toriumi (JP)
Debut: Chapter 586 (Manga), Episode 500 (Anime)
A child from a noble family who was adopted by Sabo's parents. He eventually became king of the Goa Kingdom after the previous king mysteriously died, and later attends Reverie.
- Beware the Silly Ones: While he's treated as a pathetic joke, it's worth remembering that he committed murder in order to get the throne.
- The Bus Came Back: Chapter 905 sees the full reappearance of Stelly after his last full appearance over 300 chapters previously.
- Butt-Monkey: Most of his scenes in the Reverie Arc are him being humiliated. Considering everything about the guy, it's hard not to be satisfied.
- Dirty Coward: Comes with the territory of being a noble, but pretty much everything that doesn't exist in his own sheltered kingdom - like giants, fish-men, and even the equivalent of a moving airport walkway - scares him shitless. He's quick to cover his ass with overblown bluster whenever this happens.
- Gonk: No wonder Sabo's parents thought he'd make a better heir; he looks like his family tree has been through even more inbreeding than the other noble families.
- Hate Sink: He's pretty much designed to be as hateable as humanly possible, being a spoiled, cowardly egomaniac who is shown in basically every scene doing something that'll make the audience despise him.
- Hypocrite: Once he steps onto the Travelator during Reverie, he immediately thinks there's an earthquake and starts screaming for his life and begging for someone to protect him. When Fukaboshi asks his family to refrain from using it based on a Gut Feeling and rightly so, as it turns out, he immediately jumps on the contraption and smugly lords himself over the "mere fish".
- Jerkass: This guy makes even the Celestial Dragons look affable by comparison.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: It's heavily implied that Stelly had the previous king of Goa assassinated (along with his immediate heirs who stood in Stelly's way). Considering that the king attempted a literal holocaust against the people of Gray Terminal when he was alive, it's hard to feel anything short of satisfaction in knowing that he's dead.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: On top of his many other vices, he's also a colossal racist. He thinks giants are man-eaters who melt rocks with their saliva, and that the Fishmen are just "fish" with deadly diseases.
- Properly Paranoid: On his way to Marijoa claims he spotted a giant with a harpoon and freaks when he sees crows flying by the bubble lift he's on and tries to order his guard to shoot them. The guard assures him nothing is wrong until it's revealed that the guard is Sabo in disguise and indeed the former two sights Stelly saw were members of the Revolutionaries.
- Royal Brat: Not surprisingly, he grew up as a pompous and opportunistic brat whose attitude is no better then a World Noble. Practically trying to order Garp to be his escort just on account that Goa Kingdom is his hometown and practically freaks out when Neptune helps him up on a assumption that being Fishman they have diseases. He even reveals to Garp that he's trying to get in good with Celestial Dragons so he can become one himself.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He likes throws his weight around and acts like Garp is his servant. Not only has he been a king for only a few months, but the most noteworthy thing about Goa Kingdom is that it's the homeland of some the World Government's most wanted criminals. He also believes that he can become a Celestial Dragon, which Garp bluntly tells him he has no chance.
- Too Dumb to Live: During the Reverie, he has to take a pledge that the participating kingdoms are equal to one another in front of an empty throne, which a priest explains is meant to symbolize that no one kingdom can rule all over the others and is a very serious subject. Stelly naturally isn't listening and can only see the power he can take in front of him. And that's without getting into his belief that he could become a Celestial Dragon, despite such a position being inherited, not earned.
Foosha VillageThe village where Luffy has lived before starting his adventure. It's a small town of the Goa Kingdom.
Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto (JP), Tara Sands (EN, 4Kids), Gwendolyn Lau (EN, Funi)
Age: 29 (Pre-Timeskip), 31 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
A young woman from the Goa Kingdom, who's been a friend of Luffy's ever since the latter's childhood.
- Babies Ever After: Had a child during the timeskip. The father hasn't been revealed yet, but Word of God implies he's appeared already.
- The Bartender: For Windmill Village's bar.
- Cool Big Sis: Acted as one to Luffy, Ace, and Sabo in the past.
- Happily Married: She is wearing a wedding ring after the timeskip. As for Makino's spouse, well... there's a lot of hints toward a certain familiar face who was really chummy with her. Shouldn't be too hard to guess who. He's frequently seen at her bar. And he's quite a lively sort. No information confirms who it is, though. Knowing that, we mustn't point fingers. So we'll wait and see who it is.note
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Luffy. The age gap isn't as big as other examples of the trope, but it is still there, as she was a teenager while he was still a child.
- Nice Girl: She's really kind and polite; in fact, the formerly wild and rowdy Ace got his own polite demeanor from her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Makino has green hair.
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Barry Yandell (EN)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
The Mayor of Luffy's hometown.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Higuma attempts to kill Luffy, Woop Slap actually gets on his hands and knees and begs the mountain bandit to spare the young boy's life.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He's not Luffy's father, but flashbacks show he was somewhat of a parental figure in Luffy's life and the only person in Foosha Village to disapprove of the boy's career as a pirate. Though this manly due to the fact that as Mayor he is technically a government official himself.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's grumpy and annoyed most of the time, and he openly disapproves of Luffy's pirate career, but nonetheless Woop Slap cares a lot about the boy as he was the first person to ask Garp what happen to him after the war. In general he seems to care a lot about all the citizens of the Village, given that they have seen fit to keep him office for over a decade.
- Secret Keeper: Along with Makino he's the only one in the village who knew who Luffy's father was before Sengoku's public announcement of it.
Bandits and Pirates
Voiced by: Noriko Uemura (JP), Jessica Cavanagh (EN)
Age: 53 (Pre-Timeskip), 55 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 568 (Manga), Episode 477 (Anime)
Luffy and Ace's caretaker who watched over them when they were kids at the "request" of Garp (i.e: forced into it). She and her gang are mountain bandits of Luffy's home island and are thus criminals. Though Garp is willing to overlook their crimes as long as they do what he asks of them.
- An Axe to Grind: Her main weapon.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Always wished Luffy, Ace, and Sabo would just get out of her hair despite the threat of Garp hanging over her head. But when Ace and later Luffy left on their own and gave her thanks for raising them, she burst into tears.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: She was already having trouble with Ace when Luffy came along. Sabo joining them didn't help much, either.
- Boxed Crook: Garp blackmails her into looking after Ace and Luffy by threatening to have her arrested for being a mountain bandit.
- Brawn Hilda: Looks Gonk, acts very rash and un-womanly, and leads a gang of thugs.
- Calling the Old Man Out: When Garp returns to Fusha Village after the Marineford War, Dadan calls him out on letting Ace die and punches him repeatedly.
- Cowardly Lion: She swings between slivers of courage and cowardice.
- Fiery Redhead: Has orange hair and is hot-tempered, befitting a thug leader.
- Gonk: She used to be pretty hot. Nowadays... not so much.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She may be a Gonk nowadays, but the SBS reveals she looked very nice as a young woman. Just look here◊.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's there, just hard to find but is there.
- Mama Bear:
"Don't you dare... hurt my boys!"
- She attacked the pirate captain Blue Jam in order to protect Ace and Luffy.
- And also her actions towards listed in Calling the Old Man Out. Attacking without hesitation a man she had spent years terrified of because of Ace's death and the pain it's caused Luffy.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Luffy's flashback into his childhood showed Dadan cowering in fear whenever Garp appeared, especially when she accidentally angered him. When she sees him again in the aftermath of Ace's death, Dadan proceeds to beat Garp while hurling insults at him for not trying to protect Ace.
- Parental Substitute: She'd never, ever admit it, but Dadan loves Ace, Luffy, and Sabo like her own children, and is completely heartbroken when Ace is killed, especially because she can't be there for Luffy to help him grieve.
- Tsundere: Towards her adoptive children, Ace and Luffy. She treats both as nuisances, but shows concern when they decide to live outdoors (which she denies) and cries after hearing each brother's farewell (which she also denies). She's heartbroken when she learns about Ace's demise.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Berates Garp for not actively trying to save Ace during the Marineford War.
A pirate band from Luffy's flashback, they were a pirate crew living nearby the Grey Terminal just outside Goa kingdom's capital. They take Sabo back to his father and also forcefully hire Luffy and Ace for some Dirty Business. They're ordered by the King of Goa to burn down the Grey Terminal in exchange for noble titles, but he had other plans. Their captain is Bluejam, and the other notable member is his right-hand man Porchemy.
- The Dragon: Porchemy is Bluejam's right hand man.
- Drop the Hammer: Porchemy tries to make Luffy talk by smashing him with a massive wooden maul. It's ineffective.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Some of the lower ranks pirates couldn't stand looking at the brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Porchemy gave Luffy.
- Gonk: Bluejam and Porchemy.
- Kill It with Fire: They're ordered to put several barrels of oil and gunpowder around the Grey Terminal in order to burn it all down, along with his inhabitants. It backfires when the king leaves them outside to die in the inferno.
- Sinister Scimitar: Porchemy's sword, which he use to scalp his enemies alive!
- Taking You with Me: After being betrayed by the king, the crew realize they're going to die, so upon running into Ace and Luffy, they figure they might as kill them before they perish. Even Ace noticed that they've lost their minds at that point.
- Tempting Fate: Before facing Ace and Sabo, Porchemy boasts that if he lose he'll give up piracy. Guess who's lying on the floor with a hole in the forehead in the next page?
- Would Hurt a Child: Porchemy interrogates Luffy by using him as a punching ball. While wearing spiked gloves to boot. For a whole day!.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: On the receiving end of this when the king leaves them all to die in the Grey Terminal fire.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ben Beckman takes care of the whole gang using a cigarette and his rifle. As a bludgeon.
Higuma "The Bear"
Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (JP), Matt Hoverman (EN, 4Kids), Kyle Hebert (EN, Funi)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 4 (Anime)
The leader of the Mountain Bandits and the villain of the first chapter. He's proud and arrogant and brags about his criminal status and (relatively) high bounty to get what he wants. He's actually a coward who has been living in the mainland to avoid getting caught, and runs away when he meets an enemy who is too strong.
He appears only in the first chapter, where he insults Shanks for having drunk all the sake, unaware of Shanks's strength. This causes Luffy to attack him, but can't do anything to Higum and, when the latter about to kill the kid, Shanks and his crew intervene. Realizing he's no match for Shanks, he flees on a boat with Luffy as hostage, but is eaten by the Lord of the Coast.
- Asshole Victim: Cry not for this walking garbage heap when he's Swallowed Whole by the Lord of the Coast.
- Beard of Evil: He has a small beard and is the leader of a group of bandits.
- Bullying a Dragon: He breaks a bottle on Shanks' head, pours more sake on him and mocks him and his crew. He manages to get out alive only because Shanks is a Nice Guy.
- Card-Carrying Villain: When he comes into the bar, he proudly presents himself as the leader of the Mountain Bandits, all while showing off his bounty poster and saying that he has killed 56 people.
- Department of Redundancy Department: In some translations Higuma is given the nickname of "The Bear". Making him "Brown Bear the Bear".
- Dirty Coward: As soon as he finds out that Shanks is actually a strong guy and that his bandits are no match for his crew, he takes Luffy as hostage and flees.
- Eaten Alive: His final fate is being eaten by the Lord of the Coast, a giant sea monster.
- Faux Affably Evil: At first, he simply asks for ten bottles of sake for him and his group, but this act disappears once he learns there's no more sake.
- Hypocrite: Comments how he hates gutless people, despite he himself being a Dirty Coward.
- Jerkass: Aside from being a bandit and an assassin, and proud of that, once Shanks tells him that he and his crew have finished the sake, save for a bottle that he offers to Higuma, the latter smashes the bottle on Shanks's head. He also hits Luffy, a kid, multiple times and attempts to kill him by kicking him into the water.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Once he realizes that he's no match for Shanks and his crew, he takes Luffy as hostage and flees.
- Lean and Mean: He's very tall and a proud leader of a bandit tribe. Ironically, Higuma's name means "Bear"...
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Sure, his bounty is more than twice the average of the East Sea, but East Sea is also the weakest among the four seas, and he's nothing compared to the other enemies faced later in the series.
- Oh, Crap!: In two occasions. First, when he sees his crew smashed by a single man. He has another one just before being eaten by the giant sea monster.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Believes himself to be the lord of the land just because he has a 8 million bounty. In his defense, the average Bounty of East Blue is 3 million berry.
- Smoke Out: Uses a smoke bomb to escape from Shanks along with Luffy.
- Smug Snake: Proudly flaunts his eight million-berries bounty and claims to be smart by avoiding the sea so he cannot be found, but the moment he sees someone stronger, his ego is quickly destroyed.
- Starter Villain: The first villain of the manga but, unlike most examples, he's not defeated by the protagonist, who at the time is too weak for him, and is instead killed by The Lord of the Coast.
- Would Hurt a Child: And even kill him! After 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.
Goat IslandThe island where the Alvida pirates resides, until their disbandment following their captain's defeat.
Shells TownA town formerly ruled by Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan.
Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga (JP), J. David Brimmer (EN, 4Kids), Brett Weaver (EN, Funi), Rubén Moya (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 42 (Pre-Timeskip), 44 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 4 (Manga), Episode 2 (Anime)
"Axe-Hand Morgan" is the first Marine officer to be shown in the series. Originally a loyal member of the Marines without a fear of death, once Morgan gained the rank of Captain, he became corrupt and started to act like an asshole for the sake of it. He hates disobedience from his own men, and would often punish them with death, assuming that his rank means that any order he give must not be questioned.
Following his defeat at the hands of Luffy and Zoro, he's captured by the Marines, losing his title, but he escapes into the seas.
- Abusive Parent: He acts abusive toward his own son at times.
- An Axe to Grind: His own hand is an axe.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: His men cheers when he's defeated because of how much of a tyrant he is.
- Arc Villain: Of Zoro's introduction arc. As many villains at the beginning, he doesn't last long.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: At least around the time he was introduced (being the first Big Bad), 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.
- Determinator: Complete Jerkass he may be, you gotta admit, standing up to the guy who just singlehandedly butchered an entire shipful of your fellow soldiers, broke your jaw, and currently has you at his mercy, takes some serious balls. Not to mention that in a later cover story, he openly attacks Garp. Sure, he only gets away with it because Garp randomly falls asleep, but Morgan has to have known something about what Garp is capable of, and he goes through with it anyway.
- Dirty Cop: Unlike later Knight Templar Marines who at least believe they're doing the right thing, Morgan's flat-out corrupt, harassing the citizens that live near his base and using government money to build statues of himself.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Downplayed. He gained a promotion through the capture of the infamous Pirate Captain Kuro who in fact faked his capturing with hypnosis, allowing Morgan to take the credit. Though this promotion only got him to lieutenant and it's likely he acquired Captain rank through his own merit. However, he doesn't make a good use of his position.
- Glass Cannon: Don't let his fearsome appearance fool you. He's strong enough to split the ground with his axe, so he's got some degree of Super Strength. But, it only takes a few of Luffy's attacks to drop him, and Zoro finishes him off with absolutely no effort. And this is at the start of the series, long before the Straw Hats starts getting really powerful...
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: In his debut he's seen smoking a cigar, and is one of the meanest marines of the series, being self-centered and abusive of his title.
- Kick the Dog: Virtually everything he does is ordering at least a punishment, if it's not an outright execution, for every slight disrespect toward his authority.
- Mighty Glacier: He definitely earned his position as Captain, being strong enough to split the earth with his axe. But is not fast enough to land a hit on Luffy without being anticipated by Zoro.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Oda admits he is based (and named) on a real life pirate Henry Morgan a Royal Navy admiral turned privateer pirate.
- Red Right Hand: "Axe Right Hand" is more like it, and no, he's not a nice guy.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He has a massive ego and wants to be practically worshiped, even demanding a statue of him, but he's far from the strongest characters of One Piece's world, even among East Blue.
- Smug Snake: He is quite arrogant about being a captain, and he uses his position to throw his weight around a lot even though in the world of One Piece he's a weak Badass Normal at best and one of the first enemies encountered and defeated.
- Social Darwinist: Believes he got to his position through hard work (although a flashback in the Kuro arc reveals that it's not the case) and demands the respect reflecting that. Also, he believes his orders should go unquestioned because he's higher up the pecking order. Actually, according to one of the databooks, the Kuro incident only got Morgan promoted to Lieutenant Commander, and he genuinely achieved the rank of Captain on his own merit.
- Would Hurt a Child: Orders the death of a small child for bringing food to Zoro, who is being held prisoner.
Orange TownA town located in Organ Islands which was wrecked by the Buggy Pirates before Luffy and Zoro's arrival.
For the Buggy Pirates, go to the Warlord Crews page.
Voiced by: Chieko Aratashi (JP), Unknown (EN, 4Kids), Christopher Bevins (EN, Funi)
Age: 12 (Pre-Timeskip), 14 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 12 (Manga), Episode 6 (Anime)
A dog from Orange Town who constantly guards a pet shop belonged to his deceased owner. Unfortunately, said shop is burned down by Mohji, but Luffy avenges Chouchou and earns his friendship.
After the timeskip, Chouchou has opened his own pet shop with the mayor.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He's drawn in a very cartoonish style and, after becoming the owner of the new pet shop, he wears a bow tie.
- Angry Guard Dog: Downplayed. For the most part he remains quiet, but gets angry if someone tries to do something to his owner's shop.
- 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.
- Expy: His extreme loyalty and refusing to move from his owner's shop even after the death of his owner is clearly inspired by Hachiko.
- Made of Iron: Even though he's just a normal dog, he survives being maimed by Ritchie, a giant lion.
- Old Dog: 12 human years correspond to 84 dog years.
- Swallow the Key: In his first appearance, he 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: He remains loyal to his master even after his death, and only stops guarding the pet shop once Mohji destroys it.
Voiced by: Joji Yanami (JP), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex), Michael Sinterniklaas (EN, 4Kids), Mark Stoddard (EN, Funi)
Age: 73 (Pre-Timeskip), 75 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 12 (Manga), Episode 6 (Anime)
The mayor of Orange Town, who's been with it since its founding. He's getting up there in his years now, but still displays a very protective attitude to his village, trying to take on Buggy when he invades. He's one of the earliest allies Luffy makes during his voyage.
After the Time-Skip, he becomes the new pet shop's co-owner along with Chouchou.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted. He's the mayor, and the only one who tries to oppose the Buggy Pirates' invasion, but is as strong as an average person.
- Blade on a Stick: While trying to defend his town, he wears armor and wields a spear.
- Cool Old Guy: Even though he's 73 years old, he does his best to protect Orange Town and realizes the Straw Hats are friendly despite being pirates.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Island of Rare Animals
A small island populated by strange animals. The only Human inhabitant at the time of the Straw Hats' starting voyage was Gaimon, a man stuck in a treasure chest for years, but during the timeskip, a woman stuck in a barrel named Sarfunkel joins him.
Voiced by: Toru Ohira (JP), Frederick B. Owens (EN, 4Kids), Jonathan C. Osborne (EN, Funi), Unknown (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 43 (Pre-Timeskip), 45 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 22 (Manga), Episode 18 (Anime)
A former pirate who, after a weird accident, got stuck in a treasure chest. He lives on an island populated with strange animals and guards the treasure on the top of a small hill.
- Ambiguously Brown: His skin is a shade of tan, but we don't know what sort of ethnicity he's supposed to be analogous to.
- Funny Afro: His hair is a big, green afro because he can't cut it.
- Odd Friendship: Forms a brief one with a torso-less Buggy untile the latter has to leave to find his crew.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: The treasure chests he had been guarding for twenty years? All completely empty. Luffy tries a Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding facade to have Gaimon not find out this, but the latter realizes it on his own.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair.
Voiced by: Mariko Kouda (JP), Tara Sands (EN, 4Kids), Carrie Savage (EN, Funi), Adriana Núñez (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 17 (Pre-Timeskip), 19 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 23 (Manga), Episode 9 (Anime)
A young rich girl from Syrup Village, and a good friend of Usopp's. She's the target of Kuro's plan, who wants to inherit her wealth, but is saved by Usopp and the Straw Hats.
After Usopp leaves, she starts studying to become a doctor.
- Big Fancy House: Well, she is rich, and lives in a very big house. Unfortunately, it makse her a target of Kuro, who wants to inherit said big and fancy house.
- The Cassandra: The townsfolk thinks that Usopp's tall tales rubbed off on her and they dismiss her stories about Kuro and that the wanted poster post-Enies Lobby with the massive bounty is Usopp, since he got it under his Sogeking alias.
- Daddy's Girl: Kuro says her father deeply loved her and wanted the best for her.
- Dude Magnet: While studying to become a doctor, Kaya has so many suitors that Merry has to fight them to protect her.
- Hospital Hottie: She's shaping up to be one, at least, after Usopp leaves, she decides to study to become a doctor, and a few covers reveals she's studying for it. More than qualifies in-universe as well, considering she's been shown to have suitors lining up for her.
- Ill Girl: The shock of losing both her parents at once left her bedridden for a long time, but she gets better after having been saved and even decides to become a doctor.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a Malay/Indonesian word for "rich, wealthy". No prizes for guessing her financial status.
- Nice Girl: She's very kind and even puts up with Usopp's lies and just smiles at him whenever he does his antics. It makes all the more shocking that Kuro wants to kill her, despite all the kindness Kaya showed to him.
- Ojou: Being the sole heir of her family's wealth, and has a calm and sweet disposition.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's always nice to Usopp, has vowed to patch up up no matter what state he comes back to the village in, monitors every single piece of world news that involves him, can always recognize him in his bounty posters, and despite all the suitors she has, she has a picture of Usopp (as Sogeking) on her desk. There's really no other explanation.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's a very rich girl and was spoiled by her parents and servants, but is also very nice and kind.
- 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 version. She very much enjoys Usopp's stories, and give the Straw Hats the Going Merry.
Voiced by: Jin Domon (JP), Chuck Powers (EN, Odex), Ted Lewis (EN, 4Kids), Jerry Jewell (EN, Funi)
Debut: Chapter 24 (Manga), Episode 11 (Anime)
Kaya's loyal butler and the one who designed the Going Merry, which he gives to the Straw Hats after they save Kaya from Captain Kuro.
- Animal Motif: Sheep. Has a sheep-like hairstyle and, like sheep, he's nice and loyal to Kaya. Even his ship, which he gives to the Straw Hats, is sheep-themed.
- Battle Butler: Downplayed. For the most part he's a Non-Action Guy, but he's seen fighting against Kaya's many suitors.
- Funny Afro: Has a white afro that resembles a sheep's wool, complete with horns.
- Not Quite Dead: After Kuro reveals his true colours he slashes Merry, leaving him presumably dead, but turns out the wound is not fatal, and Merry survives.
- Sweet Sheep: Merry is sheep themed, with an hairstyle that is similar to a sheep's wool, and is a very nice man, even if a bit too protective.
Ninjin, Piiman, and Tamanegi
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 Ninjin's bandana, making him appear like a carrot; Piiman wears a pepper-shaped hat and Tamanegi's haircut resembles the shape of an onion, with a lock like a onion's bud.
- Blinding Bangs: Ninjin's eyes are covered by his hair.
- Edible Theme Naming: Ninjin, Piiman and Tamanegi, respectively, mean "carrot", "pepper" and "onion", each a kind of vegetable. Naturally, their appearances match those of said vegetables.
- Hidden Depths: Being kids, each of them has an ambition for when they become adults: Ninjin wants to open a bar and Piiman and Tamanegi 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: Tamanegi has the habit of disappearing only to reappear out of nowhere screaming.
- One Steve Limit: Ninjin's name is the same as that of Carrot, the rabbit mink who follows the Straw Hats after leaving Zou. However, his name is written in kanji, and therefore isn't translated, keeping the names different.
- Passing the Torch: Not directly, but, after Usopp leaves, they mantain his tradition of yelling "pirates are coming!" every day.
- She's All Grown Up: Downplayed, since they only go from 9 to 11 years old, but it's evident they've started to hit puberty during the timeskip.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ninjin has light purple hair.
- Youthful Freckles: Ninjin has freckles and is a young kid.
A fish-themed ocean-going restaurant. Headed by the eatery's founder, the ex-pirate Red Leg Zeff, these cooks dish out food for their customers... and pain for any trouble-making pirate. In fact, most people come to the Baratie just to watch the cooks and pirates duke it out. Among the staff are two cooks, Patty and Carne, who seem to act as a comedy duo when together. Sanji himself used to work here, until Zeff convinced him to go join the Straw Hats and follow his dreams in the Grand Line.
- Badass Crew: They're not pirates, but are the most badass salarymen in the East Blue, and manage to hold their own against Krieg's armada, which is the strongest crew of East Blue.
- Chef of Iron: An entire kitchen staff of them! Not only they do often engage in fight with eachother, something that many guests come just to see, but they are able to resist the assault of a pirate crew.
- Improbable Weapon User: All the staff uses oversized forks and knives as weapons, something that is not so improbable from a chef. Patty and Carne are later shown with giant spoons on their attempted last sneak attack on Sanji.
- Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: When Krieg, desperately hungry after Mihawk wiped out his fleet, enters the ship for a meal, the crew, all knowing what a smug Jerkass Krieg is, all refuse to help him and are fully prepared to just let him keel over and starve to death. Sanji, however, takes pity on and feeds him over the others' protests; having nearly starved to death himself as a child, death by starvation is a fate he wouldn't wish on anyone.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: All of them to eachother. They may argue, fight, and make threats, but when the chips are down, they come together against any attacking pirate, and don't tolerate when one a guest insults one of them.
Chef "Red-Leg" Zeff
Voiced by: Koji Yada (JP, most media), Ben Hiura (JP, all media from 2017 onwards), Robert O'Gorman (EN, 4Kids), Grant James (EN, Funi), Jorge Santos (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 65 (Pre-Timeskip), 67 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 43 (Manga), Episode 20 (Anime)
Sanji's mentor, and an ex-pirate, Zeff is a the proprietor of the Baratie. In his pirating days, he spent a year in the Grand Line, and while in the East Blue attacked the ship Sanji worked on. A storm destroyed the ship and his own, leaving him and Sanji to almost starve to death on a barren rock. After being rescued, he set up the Baratie, and taught Sanji how to cook and fight.
- An Arm and a Leg: Sacrificed his leg to survive staying on an island without food for weeks. Guess what he did with it. It costed him the possibility to become a pirate again, since he was famous for his kicks, so he decided to open a restaurant.
- Autocannibalism: In the manga, he ate his own leg so as not to starve to death while on the island. In the anime, this was changed to getting his leg caught in some wreckage while trying to save Sanji from drowning.
- Badass and Child Duo: Him and Sanji formed a bond when the latter was still a kid and founded the Baratie restaurant together.
- Badass Mustache: He braids it, and is still a strong fighter.
- Badass Normal: For a guy with no Devil Fruit powers, surviving a year inside the Grand Line is quite a feat.
- Badass Teacher: He taught Sanji everything he knows about both cooking and fighting.
- Blunt "Yes": When Sanji discovered that Zeff had given him all the food and eaten his own leg to survive, Zeff was almost scarily calm about it.Sanji: Did you... did you eat your own leg?!Zeff: Yes.Sanji: Was the food that you gave me all there was to begin with?!Zeff: Yes.Sanji: But you can't be a pirate any more without your leg!Zeff: Yes...
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His legs, even the wooden one, are powerful enough to destroy boulders and leave foot prints in steel.
- Chef of Iron: In the past he was both a pirate captain and a renowned cook, now he's only a cook, but is still able to put up a fight.
- Chekhov's Gun: He's the first person seen to refer to the first half of the Grand Line as "Paradise." Why is this significant? Because, 500-some chapters later, it's learned that this is the term used for it by New World pirates, referring to the huge difficulty spike between the two seas. Naturally, this imply that Zeff used to be a New World pirate.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a quirky old chef who runs a restaurant where everyone is a Chef of Iron and has a strict sense of honor.
- Everyone Has Standards: He wasn't the nicest pirate, and still isn't the nicest person, but strictly follow 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.
- 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.
- Grumpy Old Man: While he isn't that old, he 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, the wind from kicking his peg leg can stop flaming bullets.
- Hat of Authority: Zeff's chef hat is the largest, thus indicating that he is in charge.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Even though it wasn't his life, Zeff sacrificed his famous Red Leg, and consequently his pirate career and his dream of finding All Blue, for Sanji's sake. Moreso in the manga version, where he had to make a conscious and measured choice to give all of their tiny supply of food to Sanji and smash off his own leg with a rock.
- 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.
- Insult of Endearment: He calls Sanji "eggplant" (often "little eggplant"), especially when berating him. 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: He may be a jerk who doesn't hesitate to lay the smackdown on Sanji, but he truly does care for Sanji, and cried... uh, leaked Liquid Pride when Sanji left. He was later seen rejoicing with the others when Sanji earned his first bounty.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: The loss of his leg was because he saved Sanji. The details differ from manga (eating it himself so Sanji would have enough food to survive) to anime (while saving little Sanji from the drowning ship, he got caught in the wreckage and he could have pulled it free without cutting it off, but Sanji would have drowned by time he did).
- 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.
- Red Baron: He earned the moniker Red-Leg because of the blood from those he kicked got spilled on him.
- Reformed Criminal: Zeff was once a famous and feared pirate, but is now a respectable chef and restaurant owner.
- Retired Badass: Once a feared pirate, now a chef exclusively. Justified since, without his leg, he can't fight at his best.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Him and Sanji often insult each other, but deep down, they care for each other.
- Would Hurt a Child: Had no qualms kicking Sanji when they first met, and even while educating him, he didn't hesitate to use violence. Sanji mentions that growing up as a teenager on the Baratie, Zeff would often continue to kick him at full power; which, effectively, is one of the reasons Sanji has such a high damage soak nowadays.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: A firm believer of this and passed this principle on to Sanji (to the point that he threatened to castrate Sanji before killing himself out of shame if the "brat" did hit a woman). It's also the reason why he doesn't hire and train female cooks. He wouldn't be able to "train them" by kicking them around the way he does his male cooks.
Patty and Carne
Patty Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP), Chuck Powers (EN, Odex), Robert O'Gorman (EN, 4Kids), Jeremy Inman (EN, Funi)
Carne Voiced by: Shinobu Satouchi (JP), Kōzō Shioya (JP, Grand Battle! Rush!), Joseph Murray (EN, Odex), Sean Schemmel (EN, 4Kids), Charlie Campbell (EN, Funi)
Patty's Age: 27 (Pre-Timeskip), 29 (Post-Timeskip)
Carne's Age: 32 (Pre-Timeskip), 34 (Post-Timeskip)
Patty's Debut: Chapter 44 (Manga), Episode 21 (Anime)
Carne's Debut: Chapter 45 (Manga), Episode 21 (Anime)
Two of the main cooks of Baratie.
- Badass Beard: Patty has a small beard and is a Chef of Iron like everyone working at Baratie. Carne grows a beard as well after the Time-Skip.
- Bash Brothers: They often argue and quarrel with each other, but whenever there is a common enemy, they join forces and fight together. During the assault of Krieg's Armada, they take down multiple pirates.
- BFG: Patty's lobster-shaped cannon, whose projectile is called "Meatball of Doom".
- Edible Theme Naming: Being cooks, it's obvious they follow this theme. Patty is either hamburger or short for Patisseriewhile Carne is Spanish/Italian for "meat".
- Innocently Insensitive: Patty is very nice to the customers (as long as they pay). However, he unknowingly insults them when he greets them with a big smile.
- Lennon Specs: Carne always wears a pair of dark shaded glasses with round lenses.
- Older Than He Looks: Patty is in his late twenties but looks more like a man in his forties.
- Those Two Guys: They are the most promiment cooks of the restaurant, besides Zeff, and are often seen together. They've even joined the Baratie at the same time.
Conomi IslandsAn archipelago under the control of the (almost literal) Loan Shark Arlong and his crew, the Arlong Pirates, which impose taxes on the inhabitants.
A crew composed of fishmen and in effect a splinter crew of the Sun Pirates, once under the rule of Fisher Tiger and later Jimbei. This small portion of the crew was led by Arlong who settled in the East Blue in order to start an empire of Fishmen. The most important members include Momoo the Sea Cow, Kuroobi the Manta Ray fishman and Choo, an Archerfish fishman. To keep the heat off them, they regularly bribe a corrupt Marine Captain named Nezumi. They are the main antagonists of the Arlong Park Arc.
The crew was subsequently defeated by the Straw Hats and scattered, either arrested or free.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Mohmoo is a gigantic sea cow.
- Badass Crew: Being fishmen, they are pretty damn strong; on average, their race is ten times stronger than humans, and even more so underwater.
- Big Bad: Arlong, being the captain and strongest of the crew and the antagonist of his titular arc.
- The Cameo:
- They make a cameo in Hatchan's mini-arc and in a flashback on Sabaody. Momoo is seen with the Caribou Pirates and has a nasty shock as he recognized Luffy and Sanji.
- Have a more extensive one during the Fishman Island arc which more or less is their Start of Darkness.
- Dirty Cop: Nezumi. Not only does he disregard that a village is being oppressed by Arlong, but he gleefully takes the money that would buy back their freedom. What's more, the only reason that he got Luffy wanted was because he humiliated him.
- Fantastic Racism: Nearly all of them share Arlong's hatred of humans with the exception of Hachi who probably just followed Arlong on a whim, Nami even admitted he wasn't as bad as the others.
- A House Divided: Arlong pirates were the violent faction of the Sun pirates.
- Jerkass: With the exception of Hachi, the whole crew is really unpleasant.
- Meaningful Name: Nezumi means rat.
- Moral Myopia: They kill, blackmail and enslave humans because it is their "divine right". If a human hurts them, it's unforgivable. They basically (un)knowingly act like Celestial Dragons.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: They're a Grand Line-level pirate crew in the middle of East Blue, the weakest sea in the world. Prior to the rise of the Straw Hats, they were unquestionably the strongest pirate crew in the eastern seas. Even the Krieg Pirates wouldn't have been able to match them despite the severe numbers-advantage, especially if the battle was on the ocean, and especially after Mihawk trounced their crew and left a mere fraction of the original armada left for survivors. A later arc revealed this was deliberate. Any aspirations Arlong had of growing stronger and dominating the Grand Line died after Vice-Admiral Borsalino (the future Admiral Kizaru) crushed him in battle when he tried to avenge Fisher Tiger's death, and any attempts to subjugate and terrorize humans in that stretch of sea would catch Jimbei's attention, who would kill all of them for spurning Fisher Tiger and Queen Otohime's last wishes and dreams. So, Arlong slunk off to East Blue instead and tried his luck there.
- Oh, Crap!: Momoo, whenever he meets the Straw Hats... or is threatened by Arlong.
- Nezumi had an epic one after Arlong's defeat, where he states that he'll take the credit for defeating Arlong and take over Cocoyashi Village.... only to be grabbed by Zoro from behind. Violent and well deserved beatdown ensues...
- The Psycho Rangers: For the Arlong Park arc, the major officers in the crew serve as this for the Straw Hats. Arlong is the Big Bad and loses to Luffy, Hachi is The Dragon and defeated by Zoro, Nezumi is The Evil Genius and is finished off by Nami (who shares The Smart Guy and The Chick with Usopp), Kuroobi is The Brute and is beaten by Sanji, and Choo is The Dark Chick and is defeated by Usopp. Mohmoo acts as the Team Pet.
- Species Loyalty: They, especially Arlong, are really against hurting each other.
- Technical Pacifist La Résistance: used to be this when the crew was part of the Sun pirates.
- We Were Your Team: The Sun pirates split up after the death of their leader.
Arlong "the Saw"
Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP), David Wills (EN, 4Kids), Chris Rager (EN, Funi), Óscar Gómez (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 39 (Pre-Timeskip), 41 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 69 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
Arlong "The Saw" is a Sawshark Fishman (a species of humanoid fish) and the captain of the Arlong Pirates who is a huge racist towards humans. He was a former member of the Sun Pirates, but after their captain Jimbei became one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, he broke off, taking his former crew with him, and searched for easy targets in the relatively tame East Blue. There, he and his crew enslaved Nami's home island and forced her to work for them as a cartographer, after killing her surrogate mother Bellemere. With her cartography skills and his connections with the Marines allowing him to operate under the radar, Arlong's plan was to turn the East Blue into his own personal empire.
Arlong and the rest of his crew were imprisoned after the Straw Hats put an end to his reign. Hachi was the only one to escape.
Prior to his capture, his bounty was 20,000,000 Berries.
- Arc Villain: Gets more significance later on (namely, Nami and Jimbei's backstories), but he only appeared as the villain for one arc.
- Benevolent Boss: As horrible as he is to humans, he genuinely cares for his crew.
- BFS: His Kiribachi saw/sword is about as big as he is, complete with a Serrated Blade of Pain.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of his titular arc.
- Blood Knight: During his days in the Sun Pirates, he was constantly remarked for his excessive brutality towards the humans.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Turns out that his ambition becomes this in the worst possible way — There's an entire Fishman crew that agrees with his world view in Fishman Island, and they're shaping up to be fine villains themselves. At least, until they were beaten by Luffy and the Straw Hats and suffer a Karmic Transformation...
- Disproportionate Retribution: After his captain Fisher Tiger died of refusing a blood transfusion out of his sheer self-loathing inner hated of humanity, Arlong decided to make every human's lives, a living hell, starting with a village that had nothing to do with the racial discrimination For the Evulz and out of spite.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Arlong's possessiveness towards Nami goes far past his stated desire of keeping her because she's a good surveyor, and his emotional abuse, manipulations, and threats to kill her friends and family if she ever leaves him make him out to be a crazy abusive boyfriend. Hell, he even calls her adorable in the dub.
- Even Evil Has Standards: At least in his backstory in regards to Jimbei's brutality towards humans. Needless to say, he lost those standards as time passed, ironically while Jimbei softened up.
- He does keep the standards related to not harming other fishmen, though.
- As much as Arlong hated humans, he was still shocked at how utterly broken Koala had been by the World Nobles when she was just a little girl.
- Evil Laugh: Sha-ha-ha-ha.
- Exact Words: Nami makes a Deal with the Devil with him to serve as his cartographer until such time as she can scrape together 100 million Berries. He never said he wouldn't tell the Marines where her stash was when she was only 7 million away.
- Fantastic Racism: He and his crew believe Fishmen to be the "lords of all creation", and that humans are completely inferior.
- A Father to His Men: Despite being a General Ripper to humans, he is as attached to his True Companions as Luffy is to his own, thus his ONLY Pet the Dog moment. Because of that, he takes at least four different levels of Unstoppable Rage, each for his three defeated Elite Mooks and one when Luffy uses a fallen Mook as a shield to his bite attack.
- Faux Affably Evil: Zigzagged between this and Affably Evil. He's seems like a cool guy to hang around with, as long as you're not human. Even if you are a human, he pretends to act nice before ripping you to shreds. However, while he possesses a strong contempt for humans, he deeply respects and cares for his crew.
- Fish People: He and his crew and the first intelligent non humans to appear in the series.
- Freudian Excuse: An interesting case. Arlong lived out his childhood in the worse parts of Fishman Island and sometimes went to surface overlooking Sabaody Park with his friends, developing an admiration/envy of human life. As an adult, he modeled his Arlong Park headquarters after the Sabaody Park, implying that a part of him wanted to be human. This makes his racist beliefs come off more like bitter rationalizations meant to compensate for his desire of a lifestyle he could never have because of his race. While it would seem like the discrimination and slavery his people suffered was also a major factor, it's important to note that Arlong himself never experienced any of it firsthand; he has only heard of it and known fishmen that were once slaves, the one betrayal he experienced because of humans was not racially motivated, and his sworn brother Fisher Tiger died only because Fisher would not accept the blood of a human- which Fisher himself admitted was wrong. In spite of this though, Arlong became a fishman supremacist waging a "holy war" towards humans. Despite being part of a marginalized group, the way Arlong turned out is largely his own doing.
- The Fundamentalist: He once told a young Hody Jones that a "holy war" is being waged between the fishmen and humans.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In some aspects, he was this in the Fishman Island Arc, with his beliefs being a major influence on Jones' own ideologies and actions.
- Hellish Pupils: When his rage hits the breaking point, his pupils and irises become narrow slits, emulating the eyes of a Sea King.
- Hidden Depths: Albeit subtle, it was clear that Arlong had been changing through Nami. He gave her the things that the only other human he had any experience with wanted to and he treated her as an equal to his own men, even if he did do some bastardly things to keep her in his crew. While it might not be enough to make him anything other than a bigot, it at least showed that he wasn't completely the monster he seemed upon first introduction.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Is shown to have these when we see his eyes up close.
- Jerkass Has a Point: During the Sun Pirates' time with Koala, Arlong states that her parents probably hate fishmen and later adds that them bringing her back won't make the villagers stop hating them. He was right.
- Kick the Dog: A major defining element of his character. It's telling when his cruelty still stands out among most of the villains that Luffy has faced after all these years.
- Kill Me Now, or Forever Stay Your Hand: After Arlong is released from prison, thanks to Jimbei becoming a Warlord, an unimpressed Arlong decides to break away from the Sunny Pirates and lead his own crew again, promising to spread the hatred of the Fishmen for humans wherever he goes, and goads Jimbei to kill him where he stands if he has a problem with it. Jimbei is so enraged that Tiger's last wishes were going to waste that he nearly does by savagely beating him, but he stops at the last moment, as he could never could bring himself to kill his own "brother".
- Leeroy Jenkins: Him charging right back to the Island where Fisher Tiger was killed, and easily dealt with by Kizaru.
- Lightning Bruiser: Only under water, where he could swim at fast speeds.
- Loan Shark: A literal example of this trope. His name is also a pun, "Ahlong" means loan shark.
- Making a Splash: Due to his strength, he can throw water drops with the force of a shotgun blast.
- Manipulative Bastard: When you can make a little girl work for you willingly after killing her mother right in front of her, you definitely qualify for this.
- Nice Hat: He wears a simple, dark grey hat. In the past, he wore an ushanka.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If he hadn't screwed Nami over, Luffy wouldn't have gotten enraged enough to kick his tailfin.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Is a Grand Line level pirate who decided to set up shop in the East Blue (and plotted to take it over). This was deliberate. Arlong got a taste of what a real big fish in the Grand Line was when Vice-Admiral Borsalino (the future Admiral Kizaru) chewed him up and spit him out when he tried to avenge Fisher Tiger's death. Realizing he'd never be able to measure up and wanting to avoid Jimbei's attention, Arlong all but fled to East Blue with his loyalists and tried to live out his ambitions there instead, knowing that the Marines present would either be too weak or too corruptible to stop him.
- Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: Arlong can chew a cannonball- one that's been fired- to bits with no effort. His moniker in the VIZ translated manga is "Saw-Tooth". And even if you manage to break his teeth, he can just grow a new set because of his shark heritage. During his fight with Luffy, however, he explains that it's really the strength of his jaws that allow him to bite through steel and metal; as proof, Luffy put Arlong's detached teeth in his jaw and bit Arlong with it, but he isn't harmed that much.
- Pet the Dog: In a anime-only flashback he saves Hody's friends from some human kidnappers.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: A horrifically brutal and sadistic racist and Fishman supremacist who sees nothing wrong with enslaving entire human villages and murdering anyone who doesn't pay absurdly high taxes.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Arlong is willing to put his racism towards humans aside for profit and prefers bribing corrupt Marines over attacking them.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Jimbei. Both of them were still pretty violent in the original Sun Pirates crew though ironically, Arlong was the blue Oni and gradually got worse, while Jimbei was the exact opposite.
- Sadist: He laughs at Nami's misery after he breaks his promise to her. He then brags to his crew about he would keep Nami under his control for the rest of his life.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He bribes marines to keep his operations in the East Blue low-profile, and believes that money is the lifeblood of the world. This is also, among a few other things, one thing that sets him apart from Hody Jones: Arlong, while thinking that humans are worthless scums, only uses his racist motive for getting money; Hody goes to the next level and become an actual Fishman supremacist who will kill his own kin if they happen to help humans.
- Serrated Blade of Pain: The kiribachi is a pole with huge teeth set into it.
- Shark Fin of Doom: During his fight with Luffy, he decides to build up speed underwater for his Shark on Darts attack, briefly leaving his dorsal fin visible before diving. Luffy actually believes that's it's just some random shark before Usopp corrects him.
- Shark Man: A Sawshark type of Fishman. And quite the asshole, too.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: A ton of his dialog is nothing but him going on and on about how fishmen are superior to pathetic, puny humans, especially in his back and forth with Luffy during their fight, to the point that one of Luffy's most defiant things during said fight is simply telling him to shut up about it.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his sister, Madame Sharley. He despises humans while she's more tolerating towards them.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: When Koala left for her village, he broke the Sun Pirates' mood by saying that she would grow to hate fishmen as any other human.
- Sinister Schnoz: He is a sawshark fishman, after all. It's weaponized, too. It's hard enough to resist Zoro's blade (albeit while he's heavily injured), though Luffy manages to break it with his bare hands.
- Slasher Smile: Being a shark, it's kind of unavoidable.
- Super Strength: As a Fishman, he was able to up-end a house very easily.
- Take Over the World: He's trying to take over all of East Blue and eventually the world.
- Threatening Shark: Arlong is a sawshark (the kind of shark that has jagged saw-like extension in the front.)
- Token Evil Teammate: Was this in the Sun Pirates. While there were some other unsavory characters in the group, he was always the first to suggest violent terrorism towards humans. He was even about to kill a slave just for being a human asking them to send her home.
- True Companions: One of the few major villains that have been seen caring for his minions, giving a genuinely horrified apology to the mook he accidentally bites due to Luffy using him as a living shield.
- Unstoppable Rage: This is one of his actual superhuman abilities. Although it proved to be not so unstoppable, in the end.
- The Worf Effect: Arlong is the strongest antagonist of the East Blue saga. When pitted against the future Kizaru in a flashback, he's all but annihilated. It's implied that he didn't get much stronger in the years since then (in fact, an argument can be made that he got weaker thanks to all those years lounging around in East Blue), showing how vast the gap is between the antagonists of the East Blue saga and the true top tier fighters of the world.
- Would Hit a Girl: Viciously beat up Bellemere before killing her via a gunshot to the head.
- Would Hurt a Child: Was physically abusive to a young Nami and he smacked a young Koala pretty hard at one point during her stay as well.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: He shares a respect to the corrupt Marine captain Nezumi for their mutual love for money and considers Nami the only exception to the humans.
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Tom Wayland (EN, 4Kids), Jay Hickman (EN, Funi)
Age: 33 (Pre-Timeskip), 35 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 69 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
A Smelt-Whiting Fishman and an officer of the Arlong Pirates, he's the most cool headed member, and only loses his temper after Usopp annoys him during their battle.
Like the fish he's based on, he has the ability to spit water projectiles from his mouth, making him a fitting opponent for Usopp.
He has a bounty of 5,500,000 berries.
- Blush Stickers: He has pink dots on his cheeks, but in this case they don't make him look any cuter.
- Cold Sniper: True to his fish type, he can spit water from his mouth, and he's the sniper of the Arlong Pirates. He's also more cool-headed than his fellow members.
- Gag Lips: Has a protruding mouth (with very large lips) which can spit water. It's also a Visual Pun on his fish-type Japanese name (Kisu also means "kiss"), since his lips resemble those of a kissing mouth.
- Gatling Good: When gets angry enough, he can shoot water bullets like a machine gun.
- Kill It with Fire: How he is defeated. Usopp launches alcoholic sake at him, splattering his body with alcohol and then igniting the liquid, whacking him with a hammer and rubber band until he passes out.
- Making a Splash: Choo can shoot water bullets out of his huge lips.
- Punny Name: Choo is the sound of kissing. He's a smelt-whiting Fishman with huge lips.
- Super Spit: His specialty is spitting out shots of water. Fitting for a smelt-whiting Fishman.
- Underestimating Badassery: His arrogant personality makes him underestimate Usopp when he chases him. This causes Choo to lose his temper and ultimately lose to him.
Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (JP), Sean Schemmel (EN, 4Kids), Patrick Seitz (EN, Funi)
Age: 36 (Pre-Timeskip), 38 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 69 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
A Ray Fishman and an officer of the Arlong Pirates and the most arrogant and cruel member. He's the only one to not completely trust Nami, and proves to be right.
He's a master of Fishman Karate, a fighting style practiced only by fishmen.
He has a bounty of 9,000,000 berries.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's very confident of his abilities and looks down on the others. Bonus points for actually being a karateka, Fishman Karateka that is.
- Combat Pragmatist: The first thing he does during his battle with Sanji is to move the battlefield underwater, where he has a clear advantage, then he hits Sanji to make him release more air and would've won had Sanji not bitten Kuroobi's gills. Once the two are out of water, Sanji wins easily.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: At first is on the giving end against Sanji when the two are fighting underwater, but once the fight is moved out of water, the situation is reversed and Sanji defeats Kuroobi quickly.
- Jerkass: With the exception of Hachi, all of the Arlong Pirates are really unpleasant, but special mention goes to Kuroobi who takes great pleasure in hurting the others, either slashing Genzo for attempting to defend Nami, or trying to give Sanji the most painful death possible. The latter comes back to bite him in the ass.
- Logical Weakness: Sanji works out that Fishmen must have two respiratory systems in order to live amphibiously, and that they must switch between them when going from sea to land. Therefore, if they're underwater their gills must work the same as a fish's. He then exploits this while Kuroobi is drowning him by blowing air into his gills, asphyxiating him and getting him to release his grip. This moves the battle out of water, annulling Kuroobi field advantage.
- Meaningful Name: Kuroobi means Black Belt. Fitting for a practitioner of Fishman Karate.
- Uncertain Doom: After being arrested, it's not clear if he's still in prison or has been executed. It doesn't help that Luffy doesn't see him in Impel Down. The closest hint to his being alive is that the sixth databook lists his age from post-timeskip.
- Underestimating Badassery: Mocks Sanji saying he's too weak to defend Nami, only to be on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown at the end of the fight.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Despite his racism against humans, he compliments Sanji for his strength, then mocks his willingness to fight for Nami, calling it a waste.
Cocoyasi VillageNami's hometown.
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (JP), Tara Sands (EN, 4Kids), Tiffany Grant (EN, Funi), Nallely Solís (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 20 (Pre-Timeskip), 22 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 70 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)
Nami's adoptive older sister. Their hometown was destroyed during the war, and she and Nami were among the very few survivors. The orphaned Nojiko found an also orphaned baby Nami among the ruins and carried her around in her arms, until she found their soon-to-be mother Bell-mère...
- Action Survivor: She doesn't fight on the front lines against Arlong and his men, but she helps the Straw Hats by diving into a body of water in what amounts to an active battlefield in order to keep Luffy alive. She's definitely Nami's sister and Bellemere's daughter.
- Big Damn Heroes: In a sense — Bell-mère was about to let herself die after fighting in a brutal war on Nami and Nojiko's island that left her severely wounded. If little Nojiko hadn't shown up when she did with baby Nami, that would've been the case.
- Cool Big Sis: Adoptive sis, but still. Case in point, Nami's forever hatred of her tattoo led Nojiko to get her own so that her sister wouldn't feel alone about it. She also tossed Nami a bracelet before she left her home for a second time, as seen in Strong World (the bracelet exchange is a canonical moment that Oda neglected to mention and retroactively edited into the story).
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her and Nami's original hometown was destroyed by pirates and her parents were nowhere to be seen, leaving her an orphan at a young age. Thankfully, she found a family in Nami and Bell-mère. Sadly, when she was just 10, 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 10 years supporting Nami in getting the amount of money to buy back their home.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The level-headed, straight-laced one Responsible to Nami's rash, thieving Foolish.
- Forced to Watch: She and Nami are forced to watch Arlong kill Bell-mère before their eyes.
- Happily Adopted: Had no qualms with Belle-Mere adopting her.
- Ms. Exposition: She and Genzo explain to the Straw Hats what's really going on with Nami and why did she "backstab" them.
- Sole Survivor: Along with Nami, who was a baby at the time, they're the only survivors from their initial hometown after a pirate attack.
- Taking the Bullet: In the anime, for her sister. Fortunately, it only hit her shoulder, but it was enough for the villagers to want to fight back against Arlong's crew, leading to Nami's Heroic BSoD.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The sassy, punkish Tomboy to Nami's mischievous and sprightly Girly Girl.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair.
Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (JP), Matt Hoverman (EN, 4Kids), Bill Flynn (EN, Funi), Carlos Águila (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 46 (Pre-Timeskip), 48 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 71 (Manga), Episode 32 (Anime)
Mayor/sheriff of Cocoyashi, and one of Nami and Nojiko's parental figures on the island.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's both the mayor and sheriff of the village, and he's tough as nails — the fact that he survives a brutal attack by Kuroobi with only scars to show for it demonstrates how tough he is.
- Badass Moustache: He has the brimmed mustache, common for middle-aged badass lawmen.
- Cool Old Guy: Repeat, he's the sheriff of Cocoyashi.
- Covered in Scars: As a result of going up against the Arlong Pirates, he was sliced and diced all over, resulting in a ton of stitches to sew up his deep wounds.
- Face of a Thug: One that scared Nami when she was a baby, too.
- Good Parents: He's the closest thing that Nami and Nojiko have to a father, and he treats them both as surrogate daughters. In fact, it was due to him and Bellemere that the two had a happy childhood (until Arlong showed up and screwed everything to hell), with him playing the part of the strict parent to Bell-mère's more relaxed parenting style.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He's notoriously older than Bell-mère's, but they get along quite well. According to his own words, they've been familiar with each other from when she was a little girl.
- Nice Hat: With a whimsical pinwheel attached to it since Nami was a baby. He did this to distract her from being intimidated by his face so she would laugh instead of crying. Genzo wears the pinwheel even after she's matured, since her life is so rough and she requires something to make her smile. He later leaves the pinwheel behind at Bell-mère's grave when Arlong is defeated, knowing he doesn't need it anymore.
- Overprotective Dad:
- When he sees Nami's wanted poster, his first reaction is to call the Marines and complain... that the sexy picture will attract more suitors than bounty hunters. (Not that it stopped him from blowing it up on his wall...)
- He also tells Luffy that he'll kill him if he "breaks (Nami's) heart".
- Papa Wolf: He is fine with Arlong allowing Nami to buy back Cocoyashi while Genzo made sure the village was safe, but once Arlong tries to use a Loophole Abuse to keep Nami in his employ... that is line crossing, so much so that he rallies the entire village for an assault on Arlong Park, all for Nami's sake.
- Parental Substitute: While he is not officially Nami and Nojiko's father, he certainly acts like one to the girls.
- Scars Are Forever: Got scars etched all over his body when he stood against the Arlong Pirates and Kuroobi gutted him in response.
Pirate Crews from the East Blue
Black Cat Pirates
The former crew of Captain Kuro, now led by Jango, is composed of pirates wearing cat ears. Their purpose in Kuro's plan is to attack the village and kill Kaya, so that Kuro can get his hands on her goods, though he actually plans to get rid of them as well.
- Animal Motifs: Cats, obviously. Kuro, the captain, has a pair of gloves with a long sword on each finger, and even slashes Merry simply for the thrill of it, just like real cats do. Sam and Butchie are also very similar to cats and fight with clawed gloves, while the rest of the crew wear a bandana with cat-like ears. The only exception is Jango, who doesn't have anything cat-related.
- Drop the Hammer: One of the members delivers a bloody beating to Usopp.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": All of the crew shit their pants when Kuro appears and sees that they haven't dealt with the Straw Hats yet, and then Kuro proclaims to use Nuki Ashi.
- Unwitting Pawn: Nugire Yainu was hypnotized by Jango into believing he was Kuro, which led to being killed by the Marines who thought he was Kuro.
- The Worf Effect: The Meowban Brothers manages to trouble Zoro, but are proved to be no match for Kuro. Though they are trouble because he only had one sword to fend off their synchronized attacks. Once he gets back his three swords, he defeats them in one blow.
Kuro "of a Thousand Plans"
Voiced by: Koichi Hashimoto (JP), Gary Mack (EN, 4Kids), Kent Williams (EN, Funi), Jorge García (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 33 (Pre-Timeskip), 35 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 23 (Manga), Episode 9 (Anime)
Captain Kuro, also known as "Kuro of the Thousand Plans", is the captain of the Black Cat pirates from East Blue. He is cold and cunning, known for coming up with elaborate plans that never failed. His fighting skills are just as deadly as his mind, as he can move silently at incredible speeds to slaughter people in the blink of an eye. Yet despite all of this, he eventually tired of the pirate life, setting up schemes for his crewmates, and of constantly being hunted down by the Marines. So he hypnotized the crew's shipwright Nugire Yainu into believing he was Kuro and allowed him to be executed in his place stopping the Marine hunt and allowing him to leave his crew.
Making his new home in Syrup Village, he became Klahadore, the butler for Kaya. From there, he plotted to assassinate Kaya to obtain her vast fortunes and completely retire from his pirate life. However, Luffy and his allies, along with town liar Usopp, put a stop to his plans.
His former bounty was 16,000,000 Berries.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Rather conspicuously, he pushes them up with the heels of his hands, instantly revealing to Jango that he's still in practice—you can't push up your glasses with your fingers when you have Wolverine Claws, after all...
- Arc Villain: Of Usopp's introduction arc.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Kuro has not lost his edge in ten years of inactivity and is still far stronger than the rest of his crew.
- Badass Bookworm: Oda says he's the second smartest person to appear in the East Blue arc, right behind Ben Beckman, and is renowed for his complex plans.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Apart from a design on his suit that apparently represents some feces (actually a snake), he's dressed rather well. He's been playing the role of a butler, after all.
- Bad Boss: When his plans start to fail, he threatens to kill his crew if they don't hurry up, and reveals later that he has always planned to kill them all once the plan was complete to keep his identity safe. He even indiscriminately cuts them down during one of his attacks, and dialogue from some of his crew members indicate that this tendency is not new.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretends to be a kind and caring butler and Parental Substitute to Kaya, when in reality, he hated every second of it and flat-out tells Kaya after The Reveal that he "endured" it.
- 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 was going to murder Kaya. Though while he is a skilled liar, he made it clear to Jango that the death of Kaya's parents wasn't his doing. Given he was confiding this to Jango, it's probably safe to assume he was being honest.
- The Chessmaster: His plans for Kaya's fortune aside, he is infamous for organizing over a thousand meticulously planned pillaging raids.
- Consummate Liar: Given he has lived with Kaya for three years, hating it the entire time, and everyone still was none the wiser about him, he's definitely this.
- Dirty Coward: You have to be if you're plotting to kill an innocent young woman to collect her wealth so you can escape from the Marines. He was also willing to kill his own crew to keep his identity a secret. Guess he wasn't as cut out for the pirate life as he thought he was.
- Evil Genius: One of the smartest characters in One Piece, able to make a long plan to inherit a mansion, and also one of the most despicable.
- Faking the Dead: He left his crew by hypnotizing an Nugire Yainu into believing that he was Kuro and let him be captured by the Marines.
- Faux Affably Evil: On top of his completely fake polite demeanor when acting as a butler, he also acts very laid-back and almost friendly with Butchie and Siam when they try to attack him. He evades their attacks and proceeds to puts his now-gloved hands over their shoulders like he's being buddy-buddy with them. This, along with his threats understandably unnerves the two of them.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Kaya's family saved his life and gave him a house. His thanks was an Evil Plan to kill her and take 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...
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He really has no love for his supposed master and is only using her as a long-term retirement plan. He even plans to kill his entire crew.
- Fragile Speedster: He's as fast as any Soru user, but one good headbutt will knock him over.
- Glass Cannon: He's nowhere near as strong as the villains Luffy faces later on, but you've gotta admit, he has considerable killing power, wiping out most his mooks and crushing rocks with swords. But, once Luffy catches him, the fight's over in no time.
- Ironic Hell: All of his plans were an effort to escape a life of piracy. Guess where Luffy sends him back to.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Kuro comes off as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who cares about Kaya and acts like a jerk to Usopp, but his heart of gold is more of a facade and he does not care about Kaya.
- 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 her that he hated all the time he spent with her.
- Knight of Cerebus: While the early villains of One Piece are laughably over-the-top and pretty easy to defeat, Kuro is the first villain to act completely seriously, with no Wild Takes whatsoever. He isn't above killing his own crew (he was even going to do it if his plan succeeded), he mortally wounds Kaya's servant, and he went to great lengths to manipulate and kill a sick girl so he can obtain an inheritance.
- Lack of Empathy: While working for Kaya and her family for three years, he has never grown attached to her nor to his colleague Merry, and even attempts to kill the latter without any regret. He doesn't even care for his crew, which he plans to kill after inheriting Kaya's fortune.
- Lean and Mean: He's very slim and doesn't even care about his own men.
- Leave No Witnesses: If his plan had succeded, he would've killed his crew just to make sure that there wouldn't be anyone left who knows he's still alive.
- Manipulative Bastard: Towards Kaya, whom he pretended to be a father figure to.
- Obviously Evil: He wears all black, has Scary Shiny Glasses, and is an arrogant jerk towards Usopp. And that is before The Reveal.
- Required Secondary Powers: Addressed when he Flash Steps; he moves so fast that he can't tell where he's going or who he's attacking, making him a danger to both his enemies and his own allies. Of course, this weakness is counteracted by the fact that he doesn't really care if he cuts down his own men anyway.
- Retired Monster: Fully intended to retire from being a pirate, and to some extent did. Played with, as he's still performing an Evil Plan during that time, but fully intends to completely retire afterwards. In any case, he has no Heel Realization or remorse for his evil, he was simply tired of his life as a pirate.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Underneath the moonlight, as he tells about how it brings out the animal in him...
- 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.
- 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, as he doesn't give Usopp or the Straw Hats the time of day. In truth, he's much worse.
- 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.
- Wolverine Claws: His gloves have katanas on each of the fingers and can cut through stone.
- Worf Barrage: He goes into a berserk rage and attempts to kill everyone in sight. All he manages to do is butcher most of his crew and wound up getting his ass kicked by Luffy.
- Would Hit a Girl: He's totally prepared to kill Kaya; when she tells him that she would have just given him the money, he's still hell-bent on killing her just so he can feel like he had accomplished something.
Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (JP), Jimmy Zoppi (EN, 4Kids), Chris Rager (EN, Funi)
Age: 21 (Pre-Timeskip), 23 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 31 (Manga), Episode 13 (Anime)
One of the strongest fighters of the Black Cat Pirates, and with Siam he forms the Nyaban Brothers. They both fight with a pair of clawed gloves, resembling the claws of a cat. He's the tough one of the duo, as he lasts longer than Siam and is physically stronger.
- Acrofatic: He is very fast and nimble despite his mass.
- Badass Cape: Arguably the physically strongest of the Black Cat Pirates besides the captain, and wears a cape to show it.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Once Siam is defeated, Jango hypnotizes him to make him much stronger.
- The Brute: He's the largest, dumbest and physically strongest of their crew.
- Cats Are Mean: He's a member of an evil pirate crew with a cat theme.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Even before being put under hypnosis, his stomps can easily cracks the earth open.
- Dual Boss: He and Siam fight together against Zoro, but the "duo" doesn't last long. Once Zoro gets all three of his swords, Siam goes down in one hit and Butchie has to fight solo.
- Dumb Muscle: He's the stronger of the Nyaban Brothers duo, but Siam is clearly the brains between the two.
- Gonk: He's a fat, goofy pirate.
- Ground Pound: The usual technique is that Siam blocks the enemy so that Butchie can stomp on him with a drop kick.
- Hulking Out: After Siam is defeated and Butchie resists Zoro's attack, Jango hypnotizes Butchie to make him stronger and he becomes much more muscular. It doesn't help him against Zoro.
- Mind-Control Eyes: After he's hypnotized, his eyes become completely white.
- Oh, Crap!: During the fight with Zoro, he and Siam are paralyzed with fear at the sight of their captain.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Either Butchie or Buchi.
- Stout Strength: It's made clear since the beginning that he's very strong but, once he's hypnotized, he reveals he has quite the muscles under his fat.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Doesn't wear any kind of clothes to cover the upper part of his body.
- Wolverine Claws: He has a pair of gloved claws, resembling those of a cat.
Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Eric Stuart (EN, 4Kids), Todd Haberkorn (EN, Funi)
Age: 21 (Pre-Timeskip), 23 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 31 (Manga), Episode 13 (Anime)
One of the strongest fighters of the Black Cat Pirates, and with Butchie he forms the Nyaban Brothers. They both fight with a pair of clawed gloves, resembling the claws of a cat. He's the quick one of the duo, but also the more frail as he goes down first.
- Anime Hair: Some years before the events of the Syrup Village arc, he used to have his hair shaped into a spiral antennae. His current hairstyle is still weird, but not as much as before.
- Bare Your Midriff: Zoro manages to cut his shirt, but Siam has a very slim waist, so he survives with just a sliced shirt.
- Cats Are Mean: Following his crew's theme, his appearance and fighting style are based off of a cat and he's a dirty fighter.
- Combat Pragmatist: Fools Zoro into believing he's afraid to fight, only to catch him off guard and steal two of his swords.
- Cowardly Lion: Subverted. When Jango orders him to attack Zoro, Siam dashes toward him screaming how he's afraid, only to reveal this is all an act to make Zoro underestimate him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At first he seems a cowardly idiot, but he's actually a pragmatic fighter. Still not badass enough to be a threat to Zoro.
- Dark Chick: He goes down fast and doesn't really contribute much to the fight.
- Dual Boss: He and Butchie fight together against Zoro, but the "duo" part doesn't last long. Once Zoro gets all three of his swords, Siam goes down in one hit.
- Fragile Speedster: He's the swift one of the Nyaban Brothers but also the one who goes down more easily.
- Gonk: Has a weird cat-like face and a hump.
- Lean and Mean: He wears large clothes to dissimulate his thinness. This saves him from an Zoro's first attack.
- Oh, Crap!: During the fight with Zoro, he and Butchie are paralyzed with fear at the sight of their captain.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Either Siam or Sham.
- Wolverine Claws: He has a pair of gloved claws, resembling those of a cat.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green.
Krieg Pirates/Pirate Armada
The most numerous 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 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 states that they're just the most numerous crew in the East Blue, not the strongest.
- Foreshadowing: Krieg and his Armada have many similarities with Whitebeard himself: both are very large and feared fleet, the captains wields polearms, their second-in-charge is nicknamed after a mythological creature and Pearl's abilities are a weaker mix of those of Ace and Jozu.
- Red Shirt Army: Fifty ships. 5000 men. The East Blue calls it an invasion force. The Grand Line (Mihawk in particular) calls it target practice.
- Zerg Rush: The main strategy for the crew. Luffy calls them out on this.
"Foul Play" Don Krieg
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Marc Thompson (EN, 4Kids), Andy Mullins (EN, Funi), Víctor Delgado (Latin American Spanish)
Age: 42 (Pre-Timeskip), 44 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 45 (Manga), Episode 21 (Anime)
Don Krieg is the admiral of the Krieg Pirates, 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.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Had the strongest fleet in East Blue and was The Dreaded there. But as he soon finds out, he's nothing compared to Pirates from the Grand Line. And then we later learn that the East Blue is actually the weakest of the four Blues, meaning he was the strongest person in the weakest quadrant of the world. They had the misfortune of running into Mihawk on a day when he was in a ship-sinking mood, and Krieg suddenly found himself without an armada.
- Arc Villain: The main antagonist of Sanji's introduction arc.
- Bad Boss: He's not above killing members of his crew on the spot if they disagree with him. Even Gin gets this treatment when he can't bring himself to kill Sanji and suggests withdrawing.
- 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: He is an avid practitioner of this trope, believing that nothing is too dirty a trick if victory is an option.
- Determinator: Admit it; you did not expect Krieg to still be standing after the beating Luffy gave him. And yet, he did.
- Also earlier when he shot at Dracule Mihawk, as in the guy who annihilated his entire fleet by himself, and sliced his main ship in half, out of boredom, and had a "swordfight" with "Pirate Hunter" Zoro, which the latter lost without even getting a hit in. Then again, considering Mihawk was just about to leave without so much as an aside glance at Krieg, this borders Too Dumb to Live.
- Krieg's crew seems to even think he wasn't even conscious during the former example. Really.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Krieg was left starving after Mihawk wiped out his fleet, and everyone at Baratie had every intention of leaving him to die. Over everyone's protests, Sanji takes pity on him and feeds him. As soon as he feels satiated, Krieg beats Sanji up.
- Gratuitous German: Krieg means "war." This then comes off as a Meaningful Name, given his obvious fixation with weaponry and sheer military might.
- Hotblooded Sideburns: He has a very short temper.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Seriously, his suit of armor's got way too many weapons to work. It has several automatic machine guns, a flamethrower, a net shooter, a flail, bombs, a Gatling gun mounted in a shield, a poison gas launcher in the same shield, the shoulder pads can become a spear...
- And that Gatling gun doesn't fire bullets; it fires spikes.
- Informed Ability: He had fifty ships to his name. Emphasis on had. Mihawk brought him down to a mere one, his flagship, the Dreadnought Sabre, which barely got away and suffered a ton of gashes in the process... Don Krieg thought he was in the clear upon returning to his home turf... then Mihawk is revealed to have tailed him all the way back to the East Blue just to get rid of the one ship he missed, which he promptly does.
- Insane Troll Logic: He never lets up on his assumption that his biggest advantage over Luffy is that Devil Fruit makes you unable to swim. As if swimming in plate armor would be much easier. (This becomes even more ludicrous in later arcs, where a pirate like him without Devil Fruit powers would be in a dwindling minority.)
- I Surrender, Suckers: Said to be a tactic of his.
- Jerkass: Honestly the nicest thing that can be said about him.
- Kick the Dog: When Gin decides to show mercy to Zeff, Krieg poisons him.
- Large Ham: His breakdown after Luffy defeats him. It's pretty satisfying.
- Miles Gloriosus: From his weapons to the size of his crew, Krieg values excess above all else. He's not actually as strong as he'd like to believe, however.
- More Dakka: He has a total of 14 gun barrels on him.
- Over Nine Thousand: His unused cyborg form was literally called Don Krieg 9000.
- Powered Armor: A borderline case, at the very least. Aside from being pretty durable, his armor also has varieties of hidden guns inside them when he decides he needs More Dakka. Its shoulder pads can also be detached and used either as a shield that rapid-fires big stakes and launches poison gas bombs or combined into a spear that causes explosions on impact.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Despite the way he treats his crew, he still nonetheless feeds them, so they can have the strength to fight.
- Precision F-Strike: In the Funimation dub, Don Krieg's reaction to Mihawk returning to attack his group again is a very sour, "That son of a bitch." You don't hear "SOB" used very much in the dub.
- Small Name, Big Ego: So much so that he got his ass thoroughly kicked by Mihawk and still thinks he's the greatest thing ever.
- His overconfidence likely comes from him having the strongest fleet on the East Blue. Too bad he doesn't realize on the Grand Line he's target practice.
- Smug Snake: He thinks he's some sort of military paragon; in reality, he's little more than a bully who gets by with his reputation and falls flat versus anyone who actually decides to call his bluff.
- Sore Loser: Take some popcorn, sit down, and admire his hammy rant against Luffy.
- Stupid Evil: One of the premiere examples of the series. Most of his arc would have never occurred if he hadn't decided to terrorize the staff of the Baratie just to be a dick, and he probably would have kept far more of his crew if he hadn't decided to continue to go after Mihawk just to save his wounded pride even after it was made very clear that Mihawk was lightyears above him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Tried to pick a fight with Hawkeye Mihawk despite seeing how he easily destroyed a galleon with only his sword. If that weren't enough, he tried to attack him when Mihawk decided to leave. Should count himself lucky Mihawk just didn't want to bother wasting his time on him or Krieg would've been killed right then and there.
- Ungrateful Bastard: His reaction to being given the food he needs to stave off imminent starvation? Punch out the specific cook that gave it to him. For absolutely no reason. After he vowed specifically that he wouldn't cause any trouble once he got it.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Luffy defeats him, he goes nuts, screaming like a maniac and yells he'll keep killing until victory is his, before getting knocked unconscious.
- Virtue Is Weakness: He considers sympathy to your enemy and fighting honorably as signs of weakness and is willing to kill anyone in his crew for showing it.
- Walking Armory: His suit is filled with weapons, from pop out gun barrels to poison gas weapons, to stake guns, to a giant war spear. The guy might be a lot more egotistical than his power level warrants, but give the credit, he came pretty well armed!
- World's Strongest Man: Declares himself this. He is tough, as mentioned above, but he's not even remotely close to this. The real title keeper was Whitebeard till his death.
- You Have Failed Me: Krieg does this to Gin.
- You Monster!: His use of a poison gas weapon causes everyone including his own crew to say this especially given he intentionally tried to kill his most loyal crewman.
- Zerg Rush: His crew's main tactic. Luffy calls him out on it too.
"Demon Man" Gin
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono (JP), Peter Katana (EN, 4Kids), Illich Guardiola (EN, Funi), Edson Matus (Latin-American Spanish)
Age: 25 (Pre-Timeskip), 27 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 44 (Manga), Episode 21 (Anime)
The Combat Commander for the Krieg Pirates and Don Krieg's right-hand man. Befriended by Sanji.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has both brown skin and thick lips for some reason. His origins are never explained as well.
- Badass Normal: Not having any special ability or Devil Fruit power, yet he's strong enough to lift weighted tonfas and spin them like a helicopter, break through Pearl's armor, and knock out his boss with a single punch and effortlessly lift him.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Sanji gave him food when he was starving to death. He was so grateful, he begged Krieg to spare him; just him.
- Blood Knight: Gin is called "Kijin" because he's very ruthless and shows no mercy...except to Sanji, who was nice to him.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: They seem to emphasize how dangerous he is.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the anime, after his attempt to threaten Baratie into feeding him results in him being beaten up, publicly humiliated, and thrown out to starve, he's initially reluctant to accept the meal that Sanji cooks for him anyway. Sanji soon managed to talk him into it. In the manga, he immediately accepts the meal.
- The Dragon: He serves as this to Don Krieg.
- Dragon-in-Chief: It turns out that he's stronger than Krieg; his intense loyalty to his captain just kept him from realizing it.
- Dual Tonfas: His Weapon of Choice.
- HeelFace Turn: After Sanji saved him from starving to death.
- Long Bus Trip: He hasn't made another appearance in nearly 20 years, not even in cover stories where characters like Mr. 9 made reappearances.
- Made of Iron: Somehow managed to survived the MH-5 gas attack.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Even if Krieg attempted to poison him, in the end he still shows his loyalty towards Krieg.
- Red Baron: His epithet is "Demon Man".
- Spell My Name with an "S": Both English dubs spell his name as "Ghin".
- Uncertain Doom: He gets exposed to Krieg's Deadly Gas because he throws one of two gas masks to Luffy and forces Sanji to wear the other. After Krieg's defeat, he admits that probably only has a few hours left, but his fate is unknown. The closest hint to his being alive is that the sixth databook gives him a post-timeskip age.
- We Will Meet Again: Before he leaves the Baratie, he tells Sanji to tell Luffy that he wishes to see him on the Grand Line.
Pearl the Iron Wall
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kawamoto (JP), Chris Collet (EN, 4Kids), J. Michael Tatum (EN, Funi)
Age: 23 (Pre-Timeskip), 25 (Post-Timeskip)
Debut: Chapter 54 (Manga), Episode 25 (Anime)
The commander of the Krieg Pirates' 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 Sanji 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: He serves as the muscle (and the wall) of the crew, possessing high defense and, if enraged, can set things on fire.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Let's face it: Pearl's brutal beating on Sanji is quite nasty and bloody.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He's totally covered in shields with nasty steel bulges in the middle, which he uses as weapons.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: He's so confident of his defense that, the moment Sanji makes him bleeds, he feels in danger and bursts into flames while setting everything, including his own crewmates, on fire. And the more he's hit, the more fire he releases.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He believes to be invincible, strong, handsome and cool. He's so wrong...
- Wreathed in Flames: When he bleeds, Pearl covers his shields with strange white flames and tosses fiery bullets all around him. According to his crewmates, it's a defense tactict he learned while growing up in the jungle.
Johnny Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (JP), Chris Ayres (EN, Funi), Dan Green (EN, 4Kids), Jesús Cortez (Latin American Spanish)
Yosaku Voiced by: Yasuhiko Tokuyama (JP); Josh Martin (EN, Funi), Wayne Grayson (EN, 4Kids), Christian Strempler (Latin American Spanish)
Johnny's Age: 23 (Pre-Timeskip), 25 (Post-Timeskip)
Yosaku's Age: 24 (Pre-Timeskip), 26 (Post-Timeskip)
Johnny's Debut: Chapter 42 (Manga), Episode 19 (Anime)
Yosaku's Debut: Chapter 42 (Manga), Episode 20 (Anime)
A duo of bounty hunters from the East Blue, they used to work with Zoro. Briefly traveled with the crew during the Baratie and Arlong Park arcs.
- Aerith and Bob: Seriously, Yosaku and Johnny?
- Bounty Hunters: Their stock and trade and, in fact, how they first met Zoro. "Where are they now" cover stories following the time skip show they've since become fishermen.
- Butt-Monkey: Both. They get beaten down in every fight they try to have, but "only by a hair."
- Cool Shades: Johnny wears them.
- Cool Sword: Nagiri blades, resembling oversized kitchen knives.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The 4Kids dub cut out their parting ways with the Straw Hats so those who watched it are left to wonder what happened to them.
- Guest-Star Party Member: They show up right before the Krieg arc and leave at the end of the Arlong arc.
- Mr. Exposition: Yosaku introduces the Seven Warlords and the Fishmen.
- Small Name, Big Ego: They talk tough and look cool, but they're all talk.
- Those Two Guys: They are never seen apart. Even years later during some "where are they now" cover pages they're working together as fishermen.
- Took a Level in Badass: Despite their weakness and cowardice, after hearing Nami's flashback and seeing her cry they challenged Arlong alone. They were defeated, but they still showed some balls Yosaku may also have done this after the Timeskip. He's at least gotten very muscular.
- Yakuza: More like tough guy wannabes, but they call everyone they respect "Aniki" ("Gang brother") or "Aneki" ("Gang sister").