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"God" Usopp

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese); Sonny Strait [Funimation dub], Jason Griffith [4Kids dub], Jaime Meldrum [Odex, episodes 9-53], Chuck Powers [Odex dub, episodes 54-104] (English)note 

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Age: 17 (Pre-Timeskip), 19 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 23 (Manga), Episode 8 (Anime)

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"The captain is a man who can change lies into the truth!!"
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"He's right; I've told you nothing but lies!!! I'm no legendary hero!!! My name isn't even Usoland!!! I'm the sniper of the terrifying Straw Hat Crew!! My name is Usopp, and I'm a pirate!! I've been fooling you all!! It's your fault for believing me every single time!! (...) If I didn't [tell them], they'd wait for me until they died! I don't want that weighing on my conscience! So as thanks for their trust, I'd rather risk my life and go out with a bang! Wouldn't that make me look better?! My name is Usopp!! Remember that, Tontattas!! And if I should die, build me a statue next to Noland's!! Because I'm about to become your legendary hero!!!"
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A rather boastful seventeen/nineteen year-old who likes to tell tall tales, Usopp serves as the crew's sharpshooter, and previously served as the (barely competent) repairman for the Going Merry. He's the son of Yasopp, a sharpshooter serving under Shanks, and comes from the East Blue. He becomes the third of Luffy's recruits after the latter protects Syrup Village from Kuro. At first a cowardly liar with self-esteem issues, Usopp grows to be a dependable part of the crew. He specializes in the use of a slingshot, called the Galaxy Slingshot (Ginga Pachinko), which he replaced with the Kabuto and later the Black Kabuto. These slingshot, coupled with his talent in tricking enemies, and his absurd sniping skills, make him a redoubtable sniper able to intervene at a very long range.

His dream is to better himself and become a brave warrior of the seas, and while he's now quite brave, the challenges he faces have grown accordingly, meaning he usually keeps his usual attitude. According to Oda, he is the physically-weakest member of the crew, and his worries about not being able to keep up with the stronger members, with the resulting inner turmoil from that, put him at odds with Luffy during one story arc, and ultimately resulted in the creation of an alter ego dubbed Sogeking (a pun on "Sogeki" (Sniping) and "King", "Sniper King" in the English versions) which he uses to draw on his inner strength and courage.

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In the New World, Usopp becomes known by the epithet "God" when, against overwhelming odds, he single-handedly frees thousands of people on Dressrosa from a Devil Fruit curse that had transformed them all into toys and enslaved them. The fact that the curse was a well-kept secret because it was the foundation of the Warlord Doflamingo's totalitarian regime, and had also erased all memories of those turned into toys from the minds of everyone who knew them (in some cases, for up to 10 years!), led some people to believe that Usopp must have been a divine messenger with miraculous powers in order to even know that they needed saving, on top of actually succeeding. Usopp's actions on Dressrosa also result in the formation of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet when some of the gladiators and pirates that he freed ally with the Straw Hats against Donquixote Doflamingo, and then decide afterwards to make the alliance permanent.

His bounty is 200,000,000 Berries.note 


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  • 10-Minute Retirement: In the CP9 saga, he resigns from the Straw Hat Crew because of Luffy's decision to get a new ship which Usopp was vehemently against. He returns to the group after giving a heartfelt apology for his actions.
  • Abnormal Ammo:
    • It was one thing to be shooting hot sauce and gas bombs, among other things. Now he's shooting seeds which instantly grow into man-eating plants.
    • He defeats Sugar a second time by shooting a bizarre capsule-like contraption that opens up to reveal a drawing of himself doing a recreation of their previous fight, causing her to faint.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Water 7 and Enies Lobby, as a result of Luffy changing ships and feeling that he'll always lag behind the others.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Invoked. After leaving the crew over the fate of the Going Merry, at the end of the Water 7 saga Usopp wants to rejoin with the Straw Hats. Luffy is willing to accept him again but Zoro says, after all his bravado, that Usopp can't be accepted back so easily and slowly departs waiting for his excuse. Not long after, Usopp falls to his knees, apologizes and begs to be taken back. The crew is then more than happy to welcome him again.
  • All Up to You: During the Dressrosa arc, he's the only one left who can defeat Sugar and break the spell on all the humans-turned-toys. Unfortunately, that much pressure causes him to run away but the Tontattas repeating his lies of his greatness forces him to go back, admit the truth, and then try his damnedest to win against Sugar. He does, albeit accidentally, and Doflamingo gives him the highest bounty of the alliance.
  • Answers to the Name of God: While on Dressrosa he gains the title of "God Usopp". Later, it becomes his real title when the marines recognize him by this name.
  • Apologetic Attacker: When dueling Luffy, he apologizes before igniting the gas around Luffy.
  • The Apprentice: He becomes Heracles' apprentice shortly after Kuma sends him to the Bowin Islands.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His Pinocchio-like nose is a visual clue that he's a liar. It's also evocative of the tengu, mythological creatures notorious for being boastful.
  • Aura Vision: His "Observation Haki" allows him to see people's auras and is very useful to spot people far away from him.
  • Audience Surrogate: According to Oda, this is why he will always be designated as the weakest of the crew as his power level makes him relatively close to a real person. He tends to reflect how a real person might act and fight if placed in the One Piece world.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Although Usopp is the weakest fighter of the crew, over the course of the series Usopp has evolved into a resourceful tactician and capable sniper, with an eye for calculating the trajectory, distance, and weather influences for a variety of ranged weapons. He's also become something of a necessity for the crew, as Usopp often finds ways to counter extremely powerful but strange Devil Fruit users that the other Straw Hats struggle to deal with through deception, ingenuity, specialized ammunition or equipment, and deduction of their weaknesses.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: Exploited. Linlin's Conqueror's Haki is so strong it knocks out members of the Animal Kingdom Pirates who are a couple of floors above her. Since they can't find of the source of Conqueror's Haki, Usopp bluffs and claims it's his to scare his enemies.
  • Backup Bluff: Usopp does this all the time, claiming to have thousands of followers waiting just out of sight (it's one of the first lies he's shown telling after his introduction), but since it's usually Blatant Lies, half the time they see right through him.
  • Badass Beard: He grows a small goatee during the Time Skip to show how much he's matured and gotten stronger.
  • Badass Boast: Tends to do them often at the beginning of a fight to intimidate his enemies, but most of the time they're just bluffs:
    • "I am the great Captain Usopp! I have destroyed entire islands with my 8000 followers!" Come the Dressrosa Arc, he does destroy an island... a False Utopia created with Sugar's toy powers and maintained by Doflamingo and his pirates, with 8000 Tontatta dwarves supporting him.
    • Hilariously subverted at the end of the Punk Hazard Arc: "I'm not afraid of an enemy at long distance with no will to fight!!! Especially when they're wounded and have their backs to us!! Leave it to me!!!"
    • Right before sniping from halfway across Dressrosa to save Luffy and Law from Sugar's Ret-Gone powers: "I'm the sniper; support is glory! Unnoticed by others, I shoot down the enemy to protect my friends!"
    • Lampshaded when he declares he will defeat his opponent on Fishman Island in three moves, something he remarks would have been a bluff in the past, but is now something he can actually do. He then proceeds to make good on the boast.
  • Badass Bookworm: His creative engineering has resulted in the creation of both the Clima-Tact and Kabuto. He also appears to have some knowledge concerning chemistry, being solely responsible for manufacturing the highly innovative slingshot pellets, or "stars", that he uses for ammunition.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Prior to the time skip, Usopp wears a bandanna and while he's a huge coward, he can be a good fighter when he gathers enough courage.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have the Devil Fruit superpowers of Luffy, Robin, Brook, and Chopper, the cybernetic enhancements of Franky, or the super-strength of Zoro and Sanji, but he's still capable of challenging opponents much stronger than him... when he gathers the courage to do so, that is.
    • He's also got perhaps the highest pain tolerance of the entire crew, which really says a lot. He remained conscious after his battle in Alabasta which included every single bone in his body breaking. It comes up again in One Piece Film: Strong World where the Big Bad wipes out the whole crew by crushing them in stone and leaving them all unconscious...except Usopp.
    • It's implied that after the Time Skip, confronting fearsome opponents is less of a problem for him now. You know, comparatively. It takes a much higher level of threat to scare him than it used to, even relative to the higher levels of threat the crew is actually facing now, and sometimes he's quicker to overcome his fear.
  • Bad Liar: Zig-Zagged, most of the times his lies don't work either because they're wary of his lying tendencies or because the lie is too big to be true. Other times, as absurd they can be, it works, mostly because it's much funnier.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the first part of the story, Usopp has a the habit to lie and create tall tales about his reputation to impress whoever he meets, while dreaming of becoming a true warrior like his father. When he actually does get a 200 million bounty on his head, Usopp dreads the potential ramifications of what it all entails and who would go after his head.
  • Becoming the Boast: A running theme of him is that his lies tends to become true. When he's introduced, he'd frequently tell lies and stories to frighten enemies, amaze children, and entertain his friend. After going on adventures with the Straw Hats, he'd keep finding strange situations that he'd completely made up like a monstrously huge gold fish and over time each one of his stories began to be something he'd be able to retell as truth. With the above the result of taking out Sugar means he has in one fell swoop liberated Dofamingo's entire slave force, exposed the true nature of his rule over the country, and gained the devotion and admiration of every slave that benefited. In other words, he has "brought a country to its knees with his army of thousands of followers".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Despite his low self-esteem, Usopp happens to save a few characters at the last minute.
    • As Sogeking, he snipes Spandam before he could take Robin through the Gates of Justice, saving her from execution.
    • When he's being maimed by Kumacy, Usopp calls for Sogeking, who promptly "arrives" and shoves salt in Kumacy's mouth, removing his shadow.
    • When he returns after the Time Skip, Usopp rescues Nami from her fake doppelgänger and reunites with her. Subverted since Nami says that she could have handled situation by herself.
  • Blatant Lies: Usopp's main characteristic is his habit of speaking exaggerated lies, which no one (besides some egregious cases) believes for a moment.
  • Bond Breaker: After Luffy decides to leave the Going Merry, which is broken beyond repair, Usopp refuses, because the ship is a gift from Kaya and because he fears of being the next one to be left behind, and challenge Luffy for the possession of the Going Merry. The fight causes a crack among the Strawhats, Going Merry included, who are all heartbroken at the sight of two teammates fighting, and ends with Usopp's defeat, although Luffy leaves him the ship anyway. Shortly after Usopp leaves the crew, but rejoins after the events of Enies Lobby.
  • Brandishment Bluff: When facing stronger opponents, Usopp resorts to lying and trickery to gain psychological advantage, whether it is proporting to have super strength with balloon hammers, claims of thousand of hidden allies, or claiming responsibility for powers not his own. Usopp does any trick he can to win and protect that which he cares about. Often, those tricks are spotted and Usopp has to actually win the fight with strategic combat.
  • Brats with Slingshots: Starting from his childhood, when he actually was somewhat of a brat, Usopp's personal weapon of choice is a simple slingshot rather than the guns most other snipers use. Despite being seemingly mundane, it's a very dangerous and effective weapon in his hands thanks to Usopp's creative bullets and marksmanship. Even after several upgrades (including utilizing a sling-staff) and a Timeskip, Usopp will still fall back on the classic slingshot when he needs to.
  • Butt-Monkey: Usopp is the most comedic member of the crew and the story has him refusing to go into a dangerous place out of fear, or getting himself in the most dangerous situations either by accident or by his crewmates. He also gets hilariously hurt whenever he tells a falseful boast almost as karma punishing him for having lied.

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  • Calling Your Attacks: Usopp occasionally exploits this trope by deliberately miscalling his attacks, tricking the enemies and catching them by surprise.
  • Can't Catch Up: Usopp is the weakest member of the crew and will always be no matter how much he improves, while he doesn't show it, this causes him a lot of self-esteem issues that resurface after Luffy says they're going to replace of the Going Merry because it's broken beyond repair. Usopp feels he's more a burden then anything else and that, if they get rid of the Going Merry because she's no longer useful, he might be the next to be left behind. So he challenges Luffy for the possession of the Going Merry and leaves the crew. After the events of Enies lobby, Usopp makes amends and rejoin the crew.
  • The Cape: Sogeking is a parodied-yet-straight example. On one hand, his first action as Sogeking is to volunteer his services because the Straw Hat-Franky Family alliance was trying to rescue a Damsel in Distress. His Sogeking persona is likewise more heroic and professional, and yes, he wears a cape. On the other hand, he takes this persona on because he can't swallow his pride and help as "Usopp, former Straw Hat", his former crewmates think he's nuts (except for Luffy and Chopper who were respectively too oblivious and too childish to realize Sogeking was Usopp), and the theme song is played for cheesiness.
  • Character Development: Usopp becomes a more confident fighter and loses a some of his cowardice with each new arc. The most important steps of this development happen during the Dressrosa Arc, where he admits his own cowardice and learns about his role as sniper of the crew.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Because of how he left the crew, Usopp made up the Sogeking persona so he could join in the rescue mission without having to face his former crewmates. Everyone except Luffy and Chopper sees through the Paper-Thin Disguise.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite being a Lovable Coward, Usopp attracts women at parties.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: A subtler example than most. The best example of this is when he, Zoro, and Brook are trapped in a suspended cage in Ryugu Palace and Brook explains his newfound ability to extend his soul over long distances. He also explains that his soul can travel through solid objects, including walls, to which he begins to have a small nosebleed, indicating that he used this ability to peep on girls over the duration of the timeskip. Usopp begins crying to Zoro, stating that Brook was, "making him jealous." The "chivalrous" part also comes in when he sees Nami naked and politely thanks her for the eye candy.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: In the anime only, when Usopp attempts to make the sniper shot across Dressrosa, he first has a vision of missing the shot. He then snaps out of it and activates his Observation Haki in that moment, making it arguably the one of the first examples of future vision, an advanced application of Observation, in the series.
  • Confusion Fu: Mixes a bit of this into his fighting style, including calling the wrong attack names and randomly attacking his opponents with a Rubber Band Of Doom. Psyching his opponent out is an important part of his fighting style, as when he beats Perona by convincing her he can lift a 10-ton hammer (an inflatable balloon which explodes on impact – by which time she has fainted) and taking out an opponent with one blow from his "5-ton hammer" before that – two frying pans and a stick wrapped in foil.
  • Consummate Liar: Alternates between this and Bad Liar. Usopp never leaves a chance to tell a big lie about himself. Unfortunately for him, this gets deconstructed in his character introduction when he tries to warn Kaya about Kuro. He begins to gradually stop doing this after some Character Development.
  • Covert Pervert: While not as bad as Sanji or Brook, Usopp shows a subtle but very strong perverted side.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's usually the first Straw Hat to turn around and haul ass when something dangerous is going on. It's only when he's in his element (and far away from the battle site) that he provides useful aid for his friends. But once the fights end and his bravado wears off, he's normal Usopp once more. He's slowly overcoming this after the Time Skip, completing his Character Development by admitting of being a coward and a liar.
  • The Cracker: The gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time" depicts him as a school delinquent hacker who plans to hack into the world's Transponder Snail system for presumably nefarious reasons.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His fight with Luffy shows us what Usopp can really pull off with a little prep time and prior knowledge of his opponent, to the point of going toe to toe with Luffy despite the latter being overwhelmingly stronger. Then, he come up with a hundred ways to apologize, spending days doing so. In the end, none of them are of any use, but intention is what matters. In many fights, such as the ones against Perona and Daruma, Usopp proves of being able to plan on the spot.
  • Crying Wolf: He's introduced as a guy who often warns the inhabitants about pirate's arrival, but it's all a lie he says as protective mechanism to cheer her mom, since his father has left to become a pirate. Since he lies about it every day, it comes back to bite him in the ass when he realizes that Klahadore is actually Captain Kuro, who's plotting to murder Kaya, and pirates are really coming because everyone thinks it's just one of his many lies.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Usopp's dad, Yasopp, left him and his mother, Banchina, behind to become a pirate (though with her consent). His mother fell ill shortly after. He started telling lies about his dad returning to cheer his mom up, but she died anyway. He kept lying as a protective mechanism, which turned him into an outcast routinely chased by his neighbors in the village he grew up in (but it turned out that said neighbors really did appreciate him, as his constant shouting about pirates served as their alarm clock and reminder to get ready for the day).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes Usopp leaves a snarky comment, particularly when paired with Luffy.
  • Does Not Like Spam: In his first-ever interaction with Sanji, he explains that he hates mushrooms due to getting food poisoning from eating them once. Oda being Oda, he naturally remembers this little factoid some seventy-odd volumes later, in a question corner listing the Strawhats' most-liked and hated foods.
  • Drop the Hammer: The few attacks that don't involve his slingshots seem to be this; a slight subversion in that most of his hammers are anything but deadly, just large hammers that actually weight a couple of pounds. Although both of them seem to have some sort of psychological effect on the target. The only hammer to play it straight it his simple hammer.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • The French manga has him renamed "Pipo" (a word for "lie") to keep the Meaningful Name.
    • The Funimation dub and Viz manga change his alter ego's name from Sogeking to "Sniper King".
    • The German anime and manga renamed him Lysop, a reference to the word "lie" (Lüge).
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: Usopp's signature long nose initially is noticeably pointy and considerably shorter but it eventually rounds itself.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As of Dressrosa, Usopp now has Observation Haki and can use it to see and hit very distant targets.
  • Enhanced Archaic Weapon: The Kabuto slingshot incorporates a breath dial that serves to increase the shot velocity and to add a spin on the projectile for better stability. The Kuro Kabuto/Black Kabuto is a Living Weapon, incorporating a carnivorous plant called the Chomping Grass into its structure, which Usopp has trained to gather rubble for use as ammunition. It can also be used to launch multi-stage rockets.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero:
    • His tall tales eventually gained him this status in Skypiea, where cover stories show a "Rubber Band Land" (as he'd claimed he'd destroyed the Giant Jack with his "Usopp Rubber Band") featuring a statue of himself looking not unlike Shandian hero Calgara. A running gag is that more and more of his lies come true as the series goes on.
    • Sogeking also counts.
      "On the Sniper Island, I was born. A hundred shots, a hundred hits! Lu lu lala lu Even a mouse's eye, lock on! Even your heart, lock on! The man who came from the Sniper Island lululu lala lu Run away! Sogesogesoge Sogeking!"
    • It's gotten even more ludicrous as the Dressrosa arc continues as he is dubbed "God Usopp", the roof of the weapons factory collapsing is perceived to be his miracle by the gladiator convicts, and Doflamingo issues the highest bounty to him out of the twelve that have been a massive hindrance to his plans for "defeating" Sugar alone. Bartolomeo was squeeing at being in the presence of "Sogeking": the man who set the World Government flag aflame.
  • Fantastic Flora: Some of the Pop Green plants are quite strange, such as a plant that has a bouncy bubble on it, or wolf-shaped bushes, the bulbs of which release shock waves.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: After saving Syrup Village from Kuro, Usopp encourages his young friends to follow their dreams. He then declares Usopp's Pirates to be disbanded before going out to sea to become a real pirate.
  • Flower Motifs: According to Yuriko Yamaguchi (Robin's voice actress), Usopp's flower is the daisy, which represents innocence, loyalty, and (alternatively) dishonesty. He's a Kiddie Kid who's a Friend to All Children, utterly devoted to Luffy and crew despite his cowardice, and a Consummate Liar.
  • Foil:
    • To Luffy. He and Luffy are around the same age and were inspired by the same pirate crew each with their own idol (Shanks with Luffy, Yassop with Usopp). While they get along quite well, their underlying dispositions are quite the opposite; Luffy is a fearless pirate captain with absurd strength, while Usopp aspires to be a great pirate captain but is often hampered by his cowardice and weakness. Luffy is a barehanded fighter who usually fights close range while Usopp is a long ranged fighter who prefers to be in the shadows.
    • To Kuro. Usopp is a Lovable Coward who wants to be a pirate, while Kuro is a Dirty Coward who wants to retire from piracy. Usopp is a not especially fast long-range fighter, while Kuro relies on his speed and fights in close quarters combat. Usopp tells lies to Kaya to make her feel better, only to find that she doesn't believe him when he accuses Klahadaore(aka Kuro) of being a pirate, while Kuro uses lies to manipulate Kaya, and tells her how much he hated her in order to break her.
  • Fragile Speedster: An odd case. He's a living double-subversion; he's not exactly super fast and not exactly fragile. He does run very fast, but more on par with a real-life Olympic sprinter than the superhumanly fast Monster Trio and Brook. He also will go down with a few hard hits, which is deemed "fragile" in the One Piece world... but considering those blows come from people who can punch holes in concrete, he's really not that fragile either.
  • Freudian Excuse: His constant lying started when his father, Yasopp, left him and his mother, Banchina (with her consent) to become a pirate. Shortly after, Banchina fell ill, so Usopp would shout that "pirates are coming!" to cheer her up until she died. He continued lying ever since as a psychological defense mechanism.
  • Friendly Sniper: He fits the trope to a T. Usopp is very personable and cheerful, always hanging with Luffy to have some fun together, and he has a knack for making friends at the right moment which has saved the day more than once. He can still snipe you from kilometers away far above the range of most guns.
  • Friend to All Children: While all the crew are friendly to kids, Usopp is the most openly helpful, giving advice and offering aid publicly, while the other main defender of children, Zoro, cloaks his in a stern, emotionless facade.
  • Friendly Target: Suffered through this during the Water 7 arc.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His main contribution to the crew. He notably made and upgrades his and Nami's weapons.
  • Gag Nose: Usopp's distinguishing feature is his long nose, wich helps liken him to Pinocchio, also famous for lies, and identifies him as the main comic relief of the crew.
  • Generation Xerox: Like his father, Usopp is the marksman of his crew and follows under a captain who wears a straw hat. Justified since Usopp has a strong admiration for his father and emulates him.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Inverted. Usopp wears goggles and they do come in handy whenever Usopp is making another invention or aiming at a target from a considerably long distance.
  • Gonk: Downplayed. Usopp's bug eyes, long nose and large lips make him distinctly cartoonish-looking, which is especially noticeable when compared to the other "ordinary" men on the crew Zoro and Sanji, who are both drawn to be very handsome.
  • Green Thumb: After the Time Skip, he's able to fire off Pop Green seeds which immediately sprout things ranging from man-eating plants, to seaweed, to bamboo spears.
  • Heavy Voice: Usopp's voice becomes very deep after gaining weight on the Bowin Islands. He loses the voice when he burns off the weight and then some though, gaining quite a lot of pure muscle over those 2 years.
  • Hero Worship: He idolizes his father Yasopp, even after he left the family to become a pirate. After meeting Brogy, Usopp develops a similar idolism towards the Giant Warrior Race of Elbaf.
  • Hope Spot: When Doflamingo initiates the Birdcage, Usopp expresses relief that he isn't one of his main targets and hasn't received a bounty... except Doflamingo is saving the best for last: he ranks Usopp as the highest target of them all and offers a bounty of five-hundred million for his head. Immediately after, many gladiators turns on Usopp to get the bounty.

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  • Iconic Outfit: Usopp most iconic outfits are the original brown overalls with the bandanna and goggles as well as his first Time Skip outfit, the baggy yellow overalls.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of his attacks, the Bamboo Javelin, has Usopp throw bamboo seeds that instantly grow like spears from the ground, impaling whoever stands above them.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Usopp is able to take out soldiers several hundred yards away while standing on the roof of a building that's a good couple hundred feet tall, while it's very windy, with just a slingshot. Notably, the soldiers he's shooting at point out that even if they were able to aim reliably at this distance, their rifles couldn't shoot that far. Usopp's sniping skills improves futher when he unlocks Observation Haki and snipes Sugar from the other side of an island.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Usopp often alternates between bragging and being either cowardly or deeply insecure in his skills. This causes him to run away from most of the fights, until his honor pulls him back. During the assault at Enies Lobby, Usopp hides his identity with the one of Sogeking, where he shows much less cowardice.
  • Irony: Despite being the most frequent liar in the crew, Usopp can also be one of the more gullible members besides Luffy and Chopper (respectively the dumbest Straw Hat and the most naive and childish). He believes Vivi's claim that his face had swollen due to frostbite (rather than her slapping him), and falls for Jyabura falsely offering him the key, resulting in him lowering his guard and getting seriously injured.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: One of Usopp's defining traits and an essential part of his Overshadowed by Awesome neurosis. He's good at quite a lot of things, but there's a crew member that's better at it (except sniping). He can cook and has a decent sense of strategy, but Sanji is the supreme chef and a genius tactician. He's shown some talent for stealth and deception, but Nami is a master thief and people actually believe her lies while Robin has twenty years of experience at sneaking around and gathering informations. He's an inventor and shipwright, but Franky rebuilt himself into a cyborg and creates the Thousand Sunny. He's a decent enough singer, his crewmates show a lot of appreciation when he sings while celebrating a victory, but Brook is talented with any instrument on top of singing and is good enough to become a rockstar in the span of two years. And he's physically resilient and has shown a good deal of charisma, but Luffy is made of Heroic Spirit and has warmed the hearts of people who have wanted him dead. Overall, Usopp is the weakest fighter of the group, and when it comes to being one of the smart/crafty guys. At the same time, he's a useful member because of these skills, considering how, at any point, when a crew member needs help, he is almost always the crew member to go to. The weakest crew member status is only really there because he doesn't specialize in one fighting style that isn't sniping. In terms of trades, he takes up every role that isn't already occupied by a specialist. A short list would include designing the Straw Hats' skull-and-crossbones and painting it on the Going Merry, creating various weapons and ammo (including mastering some very esoteric technologies to do so), creating functional diving bells out of crap that was lying around the ship, cutting the crew's hair (along with Robin), fishing (along with Luffy and Chopper), cooking (apparently he's the best male cook in the crew besides Sanji), amateur carpentry, and that's all on top of his dedicated role of manning the cannons.
  • Jerkass Realization: The first major step is his Character Development is him realizing how much of a Dirty Coward his act of turning and running when the crew fights Arlong's forces really is. After remembering hearing about how much Nami has been suffering, how Johnny and Yosaku tried to fight Arlong's pirates and got easily defeated, and everyone else's efforts, Usopp remembers his resolve to set out to sea to fight as a pirate, and decides to take Chu on.
  • Kiddie Kid: Usopp was introduced as a 17-year-old young man who spent his time hanging out with a bunch of 8 year olds and told outrageous lies for no real reason other than the fun of it (and, due to Parental Abandonment, as psychological defense). Part of his character development is him turning from this into a true man like his father.
  • Lamarck Was Right: His new badassery (despite being the weakest of the crew) actually makes sense when you consider his pedigree. His dad Yasopp is the sniper of an Emperor's crew.
  • Large Ham: He's very theatrical when boasting and reacts exaggeratedly to the strange things he assists to. When he's being Sogeking that he becomes even hammier.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Whenever he cowardly retreats from a fight and then calls all of his courage to go back and fight, he always receives a beating, almost as a punishment for his cowardice and boasting. He still manages to win these fights, though.
  • Leitmotif: Usopp Eyecatcher.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Sogeking. Also, other Straw Hats have fought Luffy, but because of some misunderstanding or starting out as a villain. Usopp is the only one who has ever challenged Luffy to a duel – and taught him the seriousness of being a captain in the process.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Justified since Usopp admires his father, and they both are a sniper of a very famous pirate crew.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Usopp is a sniper, and nearly all of his attacks are long ranged, especially after he unlocks Haki, allowing him to snipe enemies miles away from him. While he has a couple of close-combat attacks, especially his Usopp-Hammer, whenever he's involved in a physical confrontation Usopp loses. This is evident when he loses badly against Mr. 2 and Jabura, who are hand-to-hand fighters, or when Ulti easily beats him by dodging his attacks and getting at "headbutt-reach".
  • Lovable Coward: In Chapter 695, he says this:
    Usopp: I'm not afraid of an enemy at long distance with no will to fight!!! Especially when they're wounded and have their backs to us!! Leave it to me!!!
  • Made of Iron: Being the weakest doesn't stop him from getting beaten up just as bad as the Monster Trio. Sometimes even worse. But that usually doesn't stop him. The best example is in the Water Seven arc, when he gets beaten up twice by the Franky Family, suffers the recoil of an Impact Dial and a blow from a Gum Gum Bullet during his fight with Luffy, gets Clutched by Robin and beaten down by Blueno on the sea train, and nearly gets killed by Jabra in Enies Lobby, but still keeps on going despite all these injuries taking place in a period of about 48 hours.
  • Magnetic Hero: While not to the extent of Luffy, Usopp is able to gather some surprising allies during the arcs, in part thanks to his lies. While assaulting Enies lobby, he turns Oimo and Kashi against the Marines at Enies Lobby in the nick of time after revealing them that they've been lied all this time.In Dressrosa, he leads an army of dwarves, who are enchanted by his lies and reaches his peak when after defeating Sugar, all the toys are changed back and the gladiators at the Corrida Colosseum worship Usopp like a messiah, right down to giving him the title of "god" Usopp.
  • Manchild: Not to the extent of Luffy, but Usopp has some childish moments even at 19 years old. Aside from Chopper and the aforementioned Luffy, he's the one most likely to be seen goofing around, playing silly pranks, and getting excited over boyish things like robots.
  • Man-Eating Plant: One of the most common attacks he learned during the Time-Skip is the Green Star Devil, which sprouts a giant carnivorous plant that attacks the opponent.
  • Mask of Confidence: How Sogeking works, he literally wears a mask and use the Sogeking alias to feel brave and more confident in his ability. During the fight against Perona, he starts to lose and literally calls for Sogeking help, after wearing Sogeking's mask, he becomes confident and manages to win the fight. After the time-skip, he stops using Sogeking as alias and only fight by himself, to the point he gains the title of God.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Uso" in Usopp means "Liar" or "Lie" in Japanese, and we all know what a (good or bad) liar he is. In a hilariously awesome twist, his constant lies end up becoming truth, especially after the time skip.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In his introduction chapter.
  • Never Bareheaded: He always has some kind of headgear on.
  • Never My Fault: In the Enies Lobby arc, he comes up with a harebrained scheme to throw seastone handcuffs onto Jabra or Lucci, but misses and accidentally handcuffs Zoro instead. Zoro pushes Usopp down to save him from Kaku's ultimate attack, resulting in them getting handcuffed together and causing Usopp to blame Zoro.
  • Nice Guy: In spite of his cowardly nature, Usopp is a sentimental and fun-loving guy who would do anything for his friends.
  • Nice Hat: After the timeskip, Usopp begins wears a yellowish hat. He also wears one in the pre-timeskip movie Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, which is nice enough to make DJ Kappa want to steal it for his own.
  • Nightmare Face: In the Dressrosa arc, Sugar feeds him a grape covered in Tatabasco sauce that was actually meant for her. It make Usopp do such a horrific Wild Take that Sugar is scared into unconsciousness, which deactivates her toy powers, allowing every toy to turn back and everyone to remember and breaking Doflamingo's hold over Dressrosa. It's later weaponized by Usopp himself, by using a projectile bearing his earlier Nightmare Face to exploit Sugar's new fear of anything with long noses in order to save Luffy and Law from being turned into toys.
  • No-Sell: He's completely immune to Perona's Negative Hollow because he's a natural pessimist. And not only that, it's the Hollows who become depressed when hitting him. Perona and her zombies even beg him to not give up because they think he'll be Driven to Suicide otherwise.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: While under his Sogeking guise in the anime, his "heroic" voice tends to go away when he's surprised or otherwise distracted.
  • Only Sane Man: At times when Luffy's around, though he's equally willing (or not willing) to join in on the silly antics.
  • Out of Focus: Zoro, Robin, Usopp, and Franky are all completely absent during the Whole Cake Island arc due to heading for Wano instead. This mirrors Nami, Chopper, Sanji, and Brook's absence during most of the Dressrosa Arc.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Eiichiro Oda pegs him as the guy who will always be the weakest of the crew. Lampshaded when he says he can't keep up with the rest of the crew's "monster" strengths during the Water 7 arc. In practice, he's only this compared to the rest of the crew, as come present day he's still able to hold his own with in the New World, something very few pirates could do.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Usopp's "Sogeking" disguise consists of only a mask and a cape, with Usopp's clothes and bandages being clearly visible. Only Luffy and Chopper failed to realize that it was actually him, and his bottom lip can be seen when he exclaims.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: Played straight. Usopp can operate or make wondrous inventions out of anything he can put his hands on, including a cannon (which he'd never operated before), advanced fireworks, and the bizarre "Dials" of Skypiea (which he could never even have seen or researched).
  • Punny Name: It's a cross between "uso", the Japanese word for lie, and "Aesop".
  • Quaking with Fear: He denies that he is in fear, but his shaking legs give it away.
  • The Reliable One: Usopp is the Lovable Coward, Miles Gloriosus, and weakest member of the crew. So why is he this? He lost a duel with Luffy and had to leave the crew at Water 7. However, when Usopp hears that Robin offered herself to the Marines, he immediately joins the rest of the Straw Hats to take back Robin, in disguise. He's saved Robin from death or worse twice. The first time was at Enies Lobby, when no one else was able to - the second time being in Dressrosa after he had lost all memory of her, didn't even know she needed saving, and with all his character development from saving her the first time completely undone. While doing that he also kickstarted a full-scale revolution by breaking a Devil Fruit curse on thousands of people. And with Luffy unaware of Doflamingo's most dangerous subordinate, he did it all on his own. There's a reason why Doflamingo, one of the most cunning and calculating pirates in the world, gives Usopp a higher bounty than Luffy, Law, or Sabo.
  • Running Gag:
    • The "Rubber Band of Doom" attack, consisting of Usopp simply flicking a rubber band at the enemy. Whenever Usopp gets in a long string of attacks, expect the Rubber Band of Doom attack to show up right in the middle.
    • Where is Sniper Island? It's in your heart.
    • All of Usopp's lies and stories actually happen for real at one point or another. For a few specifics:
      • When he nailed a faraway rock formation with the Merry's cannon, his immediate response was I Meant to Do That. He'd later develop those skills for real, and become the crew's sniper.
      • One of the stories he made up to cheer up Kaya involved discovering an enormous seafaring goldfish, so huge that its droppings could be mistaken for island. It turns out at the end of the Little Garden arc that such creatures exist; one such Island Eater guards the river exit from the island of Little Garden, and the Straw Hats only get past it thanks to the help of the giants Dorry and Broggy.
      • One of his many lies is visiting the country of the dwarves, which is exactly what he gets to do in the Dressrosa arc as he visits Green Bit.
      • After Luffy, Zoro and Sanji were knocked out in the Thriller Bark arc, he woke them up by claiming a beautiful swordswoman just brought meat. In the Dressrosa arc, enter Rebecca, a beautiful young swordswoman who does befriend Luffy by feeding him.
      • His most classic lie is him having 8000 followers. He does eventually gain a lot of followers in Dressrosa for knocking out Sugar and causing everyone there to return to normal, and the end of the arc sees the formation of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.
      • Played for Laughs with his "I will die if I go to that island" sickness coming true to the most likely person possible Buggy.
    • Pre-Time Skip, due to his cowardly nature, he would be the first to do a Wild Take and try to haul ass whenever danger rears its ugly head. He doesn't do it as much anymore due to Character Development on his part.

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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A Running Gag of his is to haul ass while things are going bad. He does this in nearly every major fight he participates in, but he almost always comes back soon after. Saving Robin before Spandam can take her through the Gates of Justice and beating Choo during the fight against Arlong's crew are just a few examples.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Has this dynamic whenever he's paired up in scenes with Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, or others like them. Downplayed, as he's not that "sensitive" as much as he is simply practical and cautious; he more so comes off this way when contrasted to the Monster Trio's hyper-masculinity and fearlessness.
  • Significant Birth Date: Usopp was born on April 1st, which is fitting for a liar.
  • Sinister Shades: He wears a pair of sunglasses in the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time", where he's depicted as a teenaged hacker trying to hack the world's Transponder Snail system.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: When he lies, he speaks of himself as The Ace. Only Chopper ever believes him, though.
  • The Smart Guy: He looks like a ditz and occasionally acts like it, but he's come up with some decent plans and tricks to use in battle over the years. During their duel, he even discovered ways to bypass Luffy's innate rubber defense.
  • Smoke Out: One of his more common gadgets pre-Timeskip, and at least moderately useful all the way up to the CP9 saga. Strangely enough, his own crewmates are prone to dissing it, with Sanji even claiming it only took CP9 by surprise because of how cliché it is.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Toad Oil Salesman, as his cover identity while infiltrating Wano. Subverted in that the goods do seem to work properly, but he otherwise fits the archetype.
  • Spanner in the Works: In the Dressrosa Arc, Usopp participates at the Operation S.O.P, whose objective is to knock out a key member of the Doflamingo family, Sugar, who has the power to turn people into living toys with the side effect of erasing the memories of anyone related to her targets; the perfect power for getting rid of uncomfortable people. Usopp is the one who knocks Sugar out by scaring her into unconsciousness after she feeds him an extremely hot grape. Doflamingo heavily relies on Sugar to maintain his False Utopia, so when Usopp knocks her out, it immediately causes Doflamingo's plans to fall apart. In retaliation, Doflamingo traps everyone in the Birdcage and posts unofficial bounties on the Straw Hats and their allies; Usopp gets the highest, at five hundred million, higher than Luffy's unofficial bounty of three hundred million and even his actual, official bounty of four hundred million, showing how much Usopp's actions screwed Doflamingo over.
  • Spider-Sense: Usopp awakens his Observation Haki during a stressful situation on Dressrosa where he has to blindly snipe the enemy from one country away or doom the whole mission. His very first use is good enough to see the target clearly through a wall from several miles away and get the perfect shot.
  • The Storyteller: Usopp's name is a reference to Aesop and he tells Kaya a lot of made-up stories to cheer her up. There's actually a Running Gag throughout the series of Usopp's stories actually coming true, like the story of a gigantic goldfish that the crew actually encounters while leaving Little Garden.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Usopp looks like a combination of his mother and father's traits. Yasopp looked like his son when he was younger, down to the black hair (before he dyed it blonde),except for the long nose, which Usopp inherited from his mother.
  • Super Speed: While it's not really super-human in itself, he's still a very fast runner, he can run "as fast as a Pacifista while carrying Zoro". A very useful quality for a Cowardly Lion.
  • Team Normal: Along with Nami. It's more played in his case though, since he lacks any supernatural abilities or talents (until he gets Observation Haki) and has easily the most mundane backstory. Deconstructed because it causes some self-worth issues and Usopp fears he would be left behind, to the point he decides to leave the crew. Reconstructed once he gets over and rejoins the crew. After the timeskip, he becomes an ever-increasingly Badass Normal.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: While fighting Ulti and Page One, the former dodges his Bamboo Javelin attack and dashes towards him in her hybrid form for an headbutt attack. Usopp cannot even mutter "not again" before being smashed by an incredibly powerful headbutt that breaks his bones.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He tends to fight some of the trickier enemies, ones where even Luffy and the Monster Trio's usual fighting style and demeanor would be unsuited for. Some examples include Miss Goldenweek, Perona, and Sugar, who need more brain than brawn to be defeated.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the Dressrosa Arc, he has dwarves from Tontatta that believe every lie he says and revere him. Subverted when he abandons them and they still put all of their faith in him, believing that Usopp is planning to sneak on Trebol and Sugar, which causes Usopp to mature and confess for the first time of being a liar, while gathering all of his courage to fight Trebol and Sugar.
  • Token Adult: Downplayed. Usopp starts as the teenager captain of the Usopp Pirates, whose other members are three kids: Ninjin, Piiman and Tamanegi.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As Sogeking, he feels more confident, therefore the cowardice that holds him back disappears. Post-timeskip, he becomes more muscular and a Badass Normal. He still runs away when he is scared, but this time he attacks back without the aid of Sogeking.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Not only is he immune to the crushing despair normally caused by Perona's Negative Hollow, it's the Hollows who became depressed.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Downplayed. During the Dressrosa Arc, his Observation Haki was activated during a very stressful situation, trying to save both Law and Luffy from being turned into toys by Sugar, while also dealing with greedy townspeople out for the ridiculously high bounty Doflamingo put on him. It was a "life or death" situation for both his crew and everyone living on the island. He had been concentrating on making his shot so hard that he activated his Haki.
  • Trick Bullet: All of his ammunition. Some produce gas or dangerous plants after being fired.
  • The Trickster: He's not above using Looney Tunes style tricks to fool his opponents. Maybe the most outrageous of them all was the 10 ton hammer he used on Perona. It was actually a balloon, but he sold the "heft" of its "weight" so well that she legitimately though she was going to be crushed to death and passed out in fear.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Ended up here at the beginning of the Skypiea saga. Drowning, then falling, might do that to somebody.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He gets underestimated by enemies a lot due to his status as the weakest of the Straw Hats but well, he's the weakest of the Straw Hats
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He unknowingly plays a part in the "death" of the Straw Hats' old ship, the Going Merry - he spots her Klabautermann, the living personification of a ship that is beloved and well-cared for. Spotting a Klabautermann means that the ship it personifies will be doomed. While the injuries the Going Merry sustained from the Straw Hats' adventures - specifically, her cracked keel, it's Usopp that led to her getting those injuries in the first place, and then to his famous fight with Luffy over the Going Merry's possession.
  • Voice Changeling: Usopp has a talent for mimicking other people's voices perfectly.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His first post-timeskip outfit doesn't has a shirt and emphasize his more muscular physique.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Usopp is physically the weakest of the crew but he's able to come out on top through a wide array of tools, gadgets and clever tactics. At this point, "weakest of the crew" just means he can't beat them in a straight-up fight. In his fight against Luffy, the inhuman powerhouse, Usopp holds his own for a respectable amount of time in their duel using only his intimate knowledge of his captain's fighting techniques and one evening to get Crazy-Prepared.
    • The best example of this for Sogeking would be sniping soldiers on top of the tower at Enies Lobby... where the wind is against him and not even guns can fire accurately. At a range guns can't even reach.
    • Later, Usopp picks up on Observational Haki. Not only that but he's so good at it that he can accurately find and shoot a target from across a country. Most people only use it to predict an opponent's moves in close combat.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • A slingshot; he upgrades to the Kabuto, a slingshot/staff hybrid.
    • His Black Kabuto turns out to be a Living Weapon, it can change into a carnivorous plant called Chomping Grass that can eat things and spit them back out.
  • Wild Take: While exaggerated expressions are a common staple in One Piece, Usopp is usually the first one to react whenever something crazy is going on. It's weaponized in the Dressrosa arc, where being fed a super spicy grape turns Usopp's usual Wild Take into a Nightmare Face so horrific that Sugar, who can Ret-Gone people by turning them into toys, is scared into unconsciousness, turning everyone back to normal and breaking Doflamingo's hold over Dressrosa. Usopp later exploits this to save Luffy and Law from being turned into toys by firing a projectile at her that heavily resembles his spicy grape-induced Wild Take.
  • What You Are in the Dark:
    • In his introductory arc, Usopp is willing to fight the pirates threatening the village despite the village not knowing of the danger, and is even willing to keep the incident secret for the villagers' peace of mind.
    • During his fight with Choo, Usopp plays dead and could have claimed to have honestly fought and lost, but realizes that he doesn't want to be a coward and a liar this time. Instead, he gets up, fights Choo and wins.
    • Despite leaving the crew following his and Luffy's fight, he still returns in his Sogeking guise to save Robin from the Marines at Enies Lobby. While he never admits it's him, the entire crew know who he is (except Luffy and Chopper) and let him work alongside them without any fuss. This is also around the time he really begins to become a Badass Normal, as the confidence boost given to him by the Sogeking disguise also seems to make him much more confident in his abilities, and he starts actually living up to that "Sniper King" name by making some insane shots during the arc.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being a durable and tricky fighter, sometimes he is defeated relatively easily to show the massive power gap that only the Monster Trio or the stronger crew members can take on. Examples include Mr. 2 Bon Clay, the Franky Family, Jabra, and Trebol.
  • Would Hit a Girl: It's not an issue for him - actually, the fact that he often ends up fighting female enemies (especially young, harmless-looking ones who are actually quite dangerous) is approaching a Running Gag. It's also a Running Gag, however, that while he is perfectly willing to hit female enemies, he ends up defeating them without hitting them. Miss Merry Christmas was defeated by her own dimwitted partner who mistook her for Usopp thanks to some smoke, but his most recent tactic is apparently scaring the opponent to unconsciousness, as seen with Perona and Sugar.

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